The Canadian Trucking Alliance is calling on the supply chain and the trucking industry to lobby the Canadian government to change three proposed labour code provisions.

The provisions are set to take place on Sept. 1 and will require that employers provide in writing an employee’s full schedule at least 96 hours in advance at the start of the work week; to provide 24 hours advance notice of any shift changes; and the right to refuse overtime for certain personal responsibilities (which have yet to be clarified).

“The provisions, as they currently stand, would disrupt the entire Canadian goods movement and logistics economy,” stated the CTA on their website.

Employment and Social Development Canada held hearings this summer with management and labour stakeholders in various industries to discuss the possibility of exemptions. CTA met with officials on Aug. 1 and requested exemptions to the three provisions and explained “how the operational realities and economy of the supply chain is at odds with these provisions.”

“Under these provisions, it will be difficult for an employer to make any changes to an employee’s ‘schedule’ – including truck drivers – with less than 96 hours’ notice and impossible to make any changes with less than 24 hours written notice,” stated CTA president Stephen Laskowski on the organization’s website. “This change will have a significant negative impact on the entire Canadian economy as the modern supply chain continuously relies on the flexibility of the trucking industry to be able to adjust to daily changes in production or their customers’ demands.”

Frontier Supply Chain Solutions has been in the logistics industry for more than 12 years and its president and CEO Michael Butterfield echoed Laskowski’s sentiments.

“Should these changes come to pass, it will be a serious concern for my company. The industry needs flexibility in hours for drivers as shipments are constantly in flex in terms of size and delivery dates. It’s almost impossible to meet the government’s provisions in scheduling drivers.”

Since making its case to the government, the CTA has also sent a letter outlining its points to Minister of Employment, Workforce, and Labour Patty Hajdu.

CTA is calling on the industry and their customers to let the Government of Canada know it’s essential for the supply chain that the trucking industry get these exemptions. To assist companies in lobbying the government, CTA has put together documents on its website

CTA is urging the industry and supply chain to send correspondences by Aug. 16.

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