NEWS RELEASE · 26th February 2015
District of Kitimat
As you may be aware, District of Kitimat employees represented by Unifor Local 2300 will be in a legal strike position effective Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 11:55 a.m. The union's anticipated job action will significantly impact municipal operations. Management staff will be working to ensure public safety and provide the best services possible under the circumstances. However, all recreation facilities will be closed during the strike.
I wish to emphasize that we value our employees greatly. The District of Kitimat has put forward a fair and generous offer that will ensure they remain among the best-compensated in British Columbia. Along with wage increases, we are committed to ensuring employees go to work in a safe environment and are provided with training opportunities.
The District of Kitimat has been bargaining in good faith, wishing to reach a settlement with Unifor 2300. The District has tried to address a wide range of issues raised by the union during these negotiations. A final offer to settle was presented to the union this morning.
I wish to be clear that Council and I have directed management in the ongoing labour dispute and are committed to achieving a resolution. Council and I are proud of our community and appreciate the mandate we have received in the last election to govern this municipality transparently, accountably, and responsibly. Council is committed to holding to a maximum 3% property tax increase. Demands made by Unifor Local 2300 would amount to at least a 12% property tax increase.
While a brighter economic future is on the horizon for Kitimat, at this point in time no company has made a final investment decision for any large-scale projects. Therefore, our municipal tax base has not increased significantly due to potential LNG projects. Council and I recognize the importance of not burdening our citizens with excessive tax increases. Many people, including seniors and others on fixed incomes, could be negatively affected.
This impasse will eventually be resolved. In the meantime, we ask for your patience and understanding as we do the best we can to provide you with the municipal services we have all come to expect.
City Workers deserve reward
Comment by Give on 28th February 2015
I see City staff enjoying almost double digit pay increases. Kitimat suffering for years, City workers along with it. Now Kitimat is doing well again, time to give a little. Kitimat saying it's not doing good enough. I know from my increases in Municipal tax's City Revenues must be through the roof. Time to share.
Comment by started at the bottom on 27th February 2015
It is nice to see the Mayors office bargaining through the media. The office says the workers are going on strike, exactly when is this going to happen??? It looks to me that the district is setting up to lock out the workers. seems we always find money for the golf course, or doggy day care, or parking lot re paving, but not for our own workers. Over two hundred grand for a CAO, and one fifty for his assistant in a town of only eight thousand??????