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NEWS RELEASE · 1st May 2015
April 29, 2015

Ron Poole
Chief Administrative Officer
District of Kitimat
270 City Centre
Kitimat, BC V8C 2H7

Dear Ron,

I want to pick up where we left off yesterday. Building on the inspiration of National Day of Mourning, we would like to see this Labour dispute resolved with a settlement that is fair to both parties.

I know that going backwards in bargaining will not bring an end to this Labour dispute. Equally I know that holding firm on all of the outstanding items will not bring an end to this Labour dispute either.

We need to meet somewhere in the middle. Somewhere that resolves our issues and respects your right to manage and meets your budgetary concerns. This will take some work on both sides of the table.

I believe we were very close to concluding this Labour dispute in Vancouver. However, we need to focus on the positives not the negatives. There have been many negative things said by both parties during this difficult Labour dispute and in an effort to end it we must move past the negativity.

I think that both sides can recognize that neither side will be able to declare a victory, but rather we should both be able to say that we made changes that will have a positive outcome for the workforce and our community.

We are extending an olive branch to end this Labour dispute. We are inviting you back to the bargaining table to work on the outstanding items from negotiations.

If you’re interested in resolving this Labour dispute please let me know which way you would like to proceed. Do you wish to continue using your Lawyer and our National Representative or do you wish to take another crack at it locally?

I believe there is a window of opportunity to build on the inspiration of yesterday.


Martin McIlwrath
Business Agent
Unifor Local 2300
Comment by morganhorse on 2nd May 2015
Well said, Mr. McIlwrath...

I am waiting with hope for his reply.
More info please
Comment by Gus on 1st May 2015
I understand Mr. Poole replied to this letter. Could Unifor or the DOK please post this reply? I have seen the DOK lawyer's reply to Unifor on the DOK website but I am interested in Mr. Poole's reply.