West Coast Longshore Workers Gain Greater Representation as Newest Members of WESTAC

December 05, 2022 | Category: Member News

Vancouver, BC – December 5, 2022 – The Western Transportation Advisory Council's (WESTAC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the ILWU Longshore Locals as the newest member of the Council. These locals represent skilled longshore workers at ports in British Columbia. Without such work, Canadian resources would be unable to access world markets.

The ILWU Canada is a union comprised of the 12 autonomous Locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and three affiliates. The longshore locals' joint membership represents longshore workers in the following areas:

  • Local 500 – Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound
  • Local 505 – Prince Rupert
  • Local 508 – Vancouver Island
  • Local 519 – Stewart

Together, these locals represent approximately 2,000 longshore workers in British Columbia.

“Given the labour shortages facing the sector, the knowledge and perspective of the ILWU Longshore Locals to the WESTAC dialogue is more important than ever. This membership complements our existing roster of labour unions,” said Lindsay Kislock, President & CEO, WESTAC.

The Official Representative to the Council will be Patrick Bolen, First Vice President. The Alternate representative will be Bob Dhaliwal, Secretary-Treasurer.


WESTAC is a council of organizations in the transportation sector represented by senior decision-makers. WESTAC's members span all aspects of freight transportation in Canada. They include carriers and logistics providers, ports and terminals, shippers, labour unions, and three levels of government. Members represent a significant share of the western Canadian economy. We focus on critical issues that affect Western Canada's freight transportation network to ensure that it is safe, efficient, reliable, and competitive.


For further information: Marzia Rizvi, Manager, Program Development & Communications (604.687.8691 ext. 330)