BcMEA submitted that automation is already mentioned in the collective agreement and that the move to automated ports is necessary to maintain employment in Canada. BCMEA President Mike Leonard said the deal was „fair and balanced. It was hard to win by both sides. The statement said no details of the provisional agreement would be released until union members cast ratification votes. UPDATE: Status of negotiations with ILWU Canada Longshore and ILWU Ship and Dock Foremen Local 514. Longshore Negotiations After five (5) consecutive meetings last week and despite all efforts, the main issues between the parties have not been resolved. However, the parties have agreed to present a common settlement of disputes with the Minister of Labour, who will appoint a mediator for the ongoing debate on the renewal of the contract.