The Canadian government is moving to guarantee pay rates for container truckers at the Port of Vancouver in a bid to stabilize the work force by eliminating rate-cutting for independent owner-operator drivers.
Transport Canada announced the new regulation on June 22. It would require that nonunion owner-operator truckers be paid rates as high as those won by unionized owner-operators in a collective bargaining agreement.
In the rule published in the Canada Gazette, the government described it as "a preventive measure to ensure the stability of the ports," including Vancouver neighbor Fraser River.
The regulation is intended to block protests such as …