NEWS RELEASE · 2nd May 2015
District of Kitimat
There appears to be some misunderstanding regarding the Districtís Bargaining Committeeís willingness to return to bargaining.
Please see attached letter from the Districtís negotiator to the Union.
Attention: Mr. Martin Mcllwrath
Dear Mr. Mcllwrath:
Re: Collective Bargaining
Your letter to Mr. Poole dated April 29, 2015 has been provided to me for reply. As you know, in addition to being legal counsel for the District, I have been asked to lead collective bargaining with a view to concluding a new Collective Agreement.
We continue to be more than willing to meet with you and your committee in order to conclude that Agreement. It is up to you whether or not you involve Mr. McGarrigle. We are willing to meet with your committee, regardless of its composition.
We expect that the Labour Relations Board would make a couple of rooms available to the parties. We note your comment about being "very close to concluding this Labour dispute in Vancouver." As a result, we consider that the mediator's availability to the parties would likely enhance the potential for settlement. Please give me some dates on which you would like to meet and I'll do my best to make myself available.
On another note, please accept my congratulations on being re-elected Business Agent. Yours very truly,
Harris & Company LLP
Enough of this
Comment by Frustrated Kitimat Resident on 3rd May 2015
This response to Unifor's letter probably cost a pretty penny.
This has to stop playing out in the media. Instead get to the negotiating table.
It's sickening to see that our tax dollars are currently being wasted on staff and lawyers to NOT negotiate a contract and continue these 'We're not so bad' media releases to the public.
The pretty picture that we as a town are painting to those who are making plans to invest in us, is "we are unstable, divided and can't get our $#!+! together" Not the picture we should be painting.
Egos need to stop here, and council needs to stop taking side and represent the citizens as they were elected to do; they weren't elected in to be voiceless and stand behind management.
I want my services and recreation facilities that our tax dollars pay for back, and I want this to stop.
And if there is another media release from DOK I demand it include the full job descriptions of all DOK management positions, let's see if we are getting what we are paying for here.