B.C. government will bring in back-to-work legislation in port-truckers dispute

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VANCOUVER - The B.C. government is preparing back-to-work legislation, forcing Port of Vancouver container truck drivers to return to their jobs.

The government says the legislation would include a 90-day cooling off period for the 250 truckers who are members of Unifor.

A news release says Port Metro Vancouver will begin its planned reform of the licensing system and move to terminate licences, but it's unclear if that means the remaining 1,000 non-union drivers will be fired.

The provincial government says the legislation is necessary to protect the economy and jobs in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada.

The release says that despite a joint 14-point offer made to truckers seven days ago, a strike by drivers has continued.

Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says the disruption at Canada's largest port is having a severe effect on the economy and that she encourages truckers to go back to work.

Geographic location: B.C., VANCOUVER, Canada

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