NEWS RELEASE · 12th February 2015
District of Kitimat
The District of Kitimat wishes to inform the public of the current contract negotiations with Unifor Local 2300.
The parties exchanged proposals on December 1, 2014. The Union's proposal contained approximately 90 demands for changes amounting to re-writing much of the Collective Agreement.
To date, the two bargaining committees have met 18 times. The parties have agreed to over 20 items, including agreement to enter into an apprenticeship program. In addition, the District of Kitimat has, among other items, offered to increase full-time employment in the Leisure Services Department.
District of Kitimat employees already earn among the highest wages in the province. The District has tabled a two percent wage increase, which is consistent with other municipal contracts. The Union's proposals would significantly increase the cost of the District of Kitimat's operations and constrain the ability to deliver public services. The Union's operational financial proposals would result in a minimum 12 percent property tax increase.
The District of Kitimat is committed to reaching a Collective Agreement that is fair to employees, is in line or superior to other British Columbia municipalities and does not result in considerable tax increases for property owners.