The CTAO Strike Is Over

In our last post, we discussed the decision of the CTAO (the Container Trucking Association of Ontario) to go on strike. That was on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 and many thought that the strike would make a huge impact in the greater Toronto area. After all, the CTAO represents independent contractors, small business owners, and container truck drivers; common sense dictates that such a large cooperative of different interests would affect the economic flow. Thankfully, the strike did not last long – only ten days. Therefore, the overall economy was not as impacted as much as originally speculated.

At SPEED, we are encouraged by this. The economy is often a game of Russian roulette played by cutthroat businesses. By ending the strike almost as quickly as it started, it demonstrates a desire to collaborate and cooperate on the part of all invested parties. Collaboration, we feel, is necessary for a successful flow of the economy, with money coming in and going out. Nevertheless, the strike is over, as talked about in this JOC.com article.

Reynolds Hutchins writes, “Independent truckers ended a more than week-long protest that ground Toronto area cargo deliveries to a near-hail after they said transport companies agreed to raise their wages. The announcement of a deal comes just hours after Canadian freight forwarders issued a call for government intervention and the country’s largest railroad, Canadian National Railway, raised concerns that the economic disruption could spread beyond the greater Toronto area.”

Clearly, the situation had everyone on the edge of his or her seat, especially Canadian freight forwarders. The moment there is talk of government intervention, you know the strike has jumped that proverbial shark and could snowball into something truly disastrous. Luckily, for all of us, cooler heads prevailed and realized that the reasons for the strike – driver pay, wait times, and rising fuel costs – should be dealt with accordingly. The situation had to be resolved; “picked lines blocked cargo and trucks from moving in and around the Toronto area.”

Many, including strike spokesperson Ajay Chopra, believe that were it not for the strike causing economic disruption, no deal would have ever been reached. In their eyes, the strike was necessary. For more information about the CTAO strike, check out that JOC.com article. If you have any questions and concerns, contact SPEED today.