August 21, 2020 – Management and union parties reached a partial agreement yesterday as to the fate of some of the 477 shipping containers sitting in the Port of Montreal amid a longshore workers’ strike. Under the agreement, "anything dangerous or related to COVID-19 will be taken out quickly by longshoremen," the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) said. As for the other containers among the 477, they will be "studied one at a time, in order to judge their urgency," said the union. The MEA said a partial agreement was confirmed "to move containers of controlled products, merchandise related to COVID-19 and unload a sugar shipment."

The group added that "containers of refrigerated products are still the subject of discussions and a joint decision will be made shortly" on the subject.