As a citizen of Kitimat like most, I’m puzzled why the discussion of the labor dispute has gone so quite. Mediation has not moved either side to talk, after a weekend of mediation an impasse occurred and both parties are again home.
Mediation the act of “ guides the negotiation process by advising and listening to all sides, and whom helps the parties arrive at a mutually agreeable ("winwin") settlement.”
Now lets look at some back ground, Mayor posted “The District will now retain the services of an external negotiator. The Final Offer is off the table to give the external negotiator maximum flexibility to negotiate a collective agreement.” This seems to me to be a little misdirection to the taxpayers of Kitimat; the external negotiator I believe is one and the same supplying guidance that got the District negotiating team to this point.
The Mayor has misrepresented himself in the above statement; they were bringing in a fresh leader into the negotiations when in fact the firm was already under retainer and supplying guidance.
How much money has changed hands between District and there external Negotiator, what is the need for a settlement; citizens of Kitimat are talking to each other about the stalemate and their feeling of helplessness and doing little!
Where are the citizens unless we stand together and collect our feeling of helplessness then turn them into a force of reckoned with. Bring the pressure to bare. For the people you know that’s are standing picket duty that their families and loved ones that rely on them, for the patrons that want their facilities that their tax dollars pay for.
We all know people that feel their voices are not loud enough for both parties to hear. For the others that seem to feel that poking some with a sharp stick will make a difference; sarcasm going to the bottom of the wagon ruts.
Its time Kitimat to make this move to settle this impasse; make your collective voices heard. Does either side or both, think time or a sleepless night by the other side will bring them back to the table, and end to this!
Contact your friends get connected raise a common voice to bring this to end, bring pressure to the ones in the center of this, demand a your fair exchange for your tax dollars. A fair contract for the employees and the employer that provide the high quality of services that kitimat deserves.
Ask the questions and demand answers and most of all demand a settlement, is binding arbitration the final move if so; one side make the call!!!
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