Status of Negotiations

The District of Kitimat is eager to resolve the current labour dispute with its unionized workers.  The District values its employees, who are also our friends and neighbours. 

Our previous Collective Agreement was already one of the best in British Columbia.  For 2014 our labourers were paid $29.43/hour. The labourers in Fort St. John, Burnaby, and Trail: $27.06, $25.84 and $27.26 respectively. Terrace’s labourers were paid at the rate of $25.43.

Our Collective Agreement had excellent benefits and rights. For example, it prohibited the District from laying-off 58 full-time and 14 regular part-time employees, regardless of its needs. This is a rare provision.

Between December 2014 and February 2015 the negotiating parties met over 20 times. The District agreed to increase the number of full-time positions, add an apprenticeship program and make many other improvements as well as offer wage increases of 2.5% in each year from 2015 to 2017.

The District met again and offered further improvements, including enhanced seniority and occupational health and safety language, and agreeing to engage the services of a Health and Safety Officer. The strike continued.

Then on April 3, the District met once more to respond to the Union’s latest Offer to Settle and to negotiate, in a further effort to end the strike. At the meeting, the District offered to reduce the number of summer students (at the Union’s request) to create more full-time positions during the summer season and proposed a manning clause to guarantee a number of positions.  Unfortunately, there was no negotiation or no compromise by the Union.   The Union reprimanded the District’s representatives and asked them to leave.

The Union has consistently indicated the District’s offers are not sufficient to end the current labour dispute.

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