Excel Truckers Contract Vote Today
Prince George, B.C.- Excel Transportation truckers are casting ballots today on what is termed a ‘final offer vote’.
It is the third time Excel’s members of Steelworkers local 1-424 have been called upon to vote on this contract offer and unlike the previous votes, this one is being conducted by the Provincial Labour Board.
The main sticking point in the offer is the proposed change from an hourly rate, to a trip rate.
It used to be that drivers were allowed a maximum half hour for unforeseen delays, such as equipment breakdown, or a traffic accident that caused delays. This contract would set out average cycle times for each trip, and there is no allowance for going beyond that pre-determined trip rate.
The contract also calls for overtime to kick in after eleven hours instead of the 10 hours provided in the previous contract which expired in May of this year.
The last vote was close, with 29 votes rejecting the pact, 26 votes were in favour and two ballots were spoiled.