Negotiations Update

Collective Bargaining involves a Union and an Employer meeting to negotiate issues of concern. The District of Kitimat has negotiated – it has listened to the Union and agreed to many of the Union’s demands.

The District has been clear since the start of negotiations that some items are too costly or unacceptably restrict the right of management to make workforce decisions.

Fact:  The District retracted all its original demands; the Union made 90+ demands.

Fact:  Before providing the Union with a Final Offer, the District met with the Union more than 20 times.  The District was the only party agreeing to demands in order to conclude a Collective Agreement and avoid a strike.

Fact:  Despite having received a Final Offer which would have avoided a strike, and make District employees one of the highest paid municipal workforces in the province, the Union chose to go on strike.

Fact:  In an effort to end the strike, the District returned to the bargaining table and agreed to additional demands, including: changing seniority language on selection; health and safety, and training.  As well, the District has agreed to provide opportunities for part-time workers to increase their hours.  In return, the Union withdrew nothing from the table – it says all remaining demands are crucial.

Fact:  The District has negotiated in good faith. The Union has remained steadfast in its stance that all Union’s demands must be accommodated.

The District of Kitimat has made significant concessions to conclude a Collective Agreement and end this strike. Nothing has persuaded the Union to settle. The District cannot agree to more Union demands without severely compromising its ability to manage or without extreme budget implications. The District has responsibilities to all who pay taxes and rely on the District to make fiscally responsible decisions.

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Media Contact:
Ron Poole, Chief Administrative Officer, 250-632-8916