Council Approves Collective Agreement with Unifor 2300

Kitimat Council this evening approved the new Collective Agreement negotiated with Unifor Local 2300. The three-year deal is retroactive to January 1, 2015 and expires December 31, 2017.

In addition to numerous increases to benefits, the agreement includes wage increases of 2.5 percent in 2015, 2.5 percent in 2016 and 3.0 percent in 2017.

“We are pleased a deal has been reached and the strike has come to an end,” said Mayor Phil Germuth. “We are happy about services being restored and life getting back to normal.

“Lengthy labour disputes are difficult for everyone involved. I would like to emphasize that Council and I, as well as District administration, are committed to building a more positive relationship with our employees going forward.”

Some employees will return to work as early as Friday, June 12. For some departments, there will be a phased return to work as operational needs are assessed. Water leak repairs will be among the priorities for Public Works staff upon returning to work.

Details on the re-opening of recreation facilities will be released in the coming days.

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Media Contact:
Phil Germuth, Mayor, 250-632-8900