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St Lawrence Seaway opts for arbitration, averting strike over auto-docking

THE 460-member of the St Lawrence Seaway have agreed to take their contract dispute to arbitration, avoiding a strike that would have shut the waterway linking the Great Lakes to Atlantic Ocean.

St Lawrence Seaway opts for arbitration, averting strike over auto-docking
06 November 2014 - 05:33

St Lawrence Seaway opts for arbitration, averting strike over auto-docking

THE 460-member of the St Lawrence Seaway have agreed to take their contract dispute to arbitration, avoiding a strike that would have shut the waterway linking the Great Lakes to Atlantic Ocean.

The Unifor union announced the news in a statement after having set a strike deadline on Monday, reported Reuters, after the workers protested plans for an automated docking system which would require fewer men.

"We have been meeting night and day the past week to reach a deal, and came to the conclusion that arbitration was the best way to resolve remaining issues," Unifor spokesman Joel Fournier said.

While the seaway's summer navigation system doesn't close until late December the bargaining power of the union through strike action diminishes as time goes on.

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