Interim report of the Inquiry Commission on the Implementation of Terminal Operations in the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick


Innis Christie

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Report, New Brunswick, Saint John, Port, Rail Cars, Railway, Load, Unload, Maritime Law


Traditionally, goods moving from or to the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick by rail are loaded and unloaded by freight handlers employed by the railways companies. C.P. Rail freight handlers are members of the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees, commonly referred to as B.R.A.C., and freight handlers are employed by the C.N.R. are members of the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway Transport and General Workers, known as the C.B. of R.T. and G.W. The loading and unloading of ships is done by members of the International Longshoremen's Association, I.L.A. Local 273, employed by stevedoring contractors. The dockside sheds where goods rest from the time they are unloaded by the railway freight handlers until they are loaded on board ship are the property of the National Harbours Board, which licenses their use by the stevedoring companies. There are variations and nuances which are elaborated below, but in general such has been the traditional allocation of the work involved in moving goods from rail to ships.

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