Toronto Truckers End Strike after Striking Deal on Wage Increases

Independent Toronto truckers ended a more than week-long protest after transport companies agreed to raise their wages, as the Journal of Commerce reports.

Members of the fledgling Container Truck Association of Ontario (CTAO) had been picketing Toronto-area trucking terminals and rail yards for nearly 10 days before Wednesday’s deal, protesting driver pay, wait times and rising fuel costs.

Membership has increased to roughly 800, according to the group spokesman Ajay Chopra. Not only did those 800 members refuse to cross picket lines, but those same picket lines blocked cargo and trucks from moving in and around the Toronto area.

On Wednesday the trucking association announced that although the deal does not address all CTAO’s concerns the group had won a dramatic percentage increase in rates for the first time in over a decade. According to Chopra, it’s a deal that would not have been possible without the economic disruption the strike was able to cause.

Although both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways maintained early on that operations at their Toronto-area rail yards remained fluid, there were signs this week that terminal operations were being impacted.

The economic disruption was not only impacting container terminals in the greater Toronto area, but ocean carriers, rail carriers, trucking firms and shippers around the world.

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