The BCMEA represents approximately 55 waterfront employers and, by extension, the more than 7,000 individuals who work for them. Its customer members are terminal operators, ship owners and agents. A key role of the BCMEA is to provide advocacy and support for customer members in all areas of labour relations including the negotiation and administration of two coast wide Collective Agreements between its customer members and the six Union Locals. Additionally, the BCMEA advises on pensions, labour legislation / regulations, training, health and safety and human resources. This unique organization provides the information, expertise and systems that help BC’s marine industry to thrive.
The BCMEA is invested in the ongoing success of Gateway strategies. Together with their customer members, the BCMEA ensures that BC ports are competitive on a global level through its contribution to the BC and Canadian economies.