June 12, 2019 – The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has released the following communication regarding the ongoing negotiation of the collective agreement between the Maritime Employers Association and the Longshoremen’s Union, CUPE Local 375, which expired on December 31, 2018. As of June 6, 2019, and since the previous communication, there have been seven mediation meetings between the MEA and the Union. Meetings are expected in the month of June 2019 and the parties will agree on new meeting dates for the next few months. With regard to the demand for maintaining essential services, filed with the Canada Industrial Relations Board, two hearings have taken place since the 1st of June. The Canada Industrial Relations Board has confirmed its availability to hold hearings until the end of October 2019. Presently, due to the demand to maintain essential services, the parties do not have the right to strike or lock out. Canaan Transport will continue to monitor this situation that is developing at the Port of Montreal.