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NEWS RELEASE · 26th May 2015
Unifor
A deal to end the 12-week old strike in Kitimat could be near, says the union representing 127 workers at the District. Unifor says that it is eager to negotiate an end to the strike but language agreed to previously has been taken off of the table.

“As long as the District’s bargaining team doesn’t run us in circles, I think we’re close to a deal,” said Scott Doherty, an Assistant to the National President with Unifor. “But one thing is for sure: we’re not going backwards. No deal is possible if the District thinks that it can take items off the table that have already been agreed to.”

This month more than 2,000 Kitimat residents—more than the voter turnout in the last municipal election—signed a petition telling the Mayor and Council that taking negotiations backwards is unacceptable.

“We’re as eager as anyone to resume services to the citizens of Kitimat, but we can’t do that if the negotiators are going in circles because the District can’t make up it’s mind about what it is offering,” said Martin McIlwrath, Local 2300 Business Agent.

The District and Unifor Local 2300 have gone through three rounds of mediated talks. Unifor says that it has moved significantly but the employer is unwilling to do its part to resolve the dispute.

After initially agreeing to a floor for the number of full-time positions providing services to Kitimat residents, the District backtracked. McIlwrath says that without a minimum number of full-time workers, town services will suffer.
concerned citizen
Comment by been watching and waiting on 28th May 2015
I read the comments of Mr's Doherty &McIlwrath,just after I finished reading the Dist.offer.To say that I'm impressed with what's there is an understatement.I have NO idea what the union had been asking in the health and welfare area,but I see an increase in EVERY item.I find it hard to believe that they(Dist)were running in circles,continually,they must have stopped a few times to make those increased changes.There is NO doubt,that the relationship between union and management has been cool at best over the past 30 or so years,but,you can't expect to fix everything over night.It appears(to me)that the course has been set in the right direction,to achieve better in the future.It's NOT about the money,has also been mentioned, over and over.What then,does LNG or any other industry for that matter,have to do with an agreement between loc.2300 and the District of Kitimat?I have not heard any opposition to what the Dist,said that they have offered,so I have based my comments on it being factual.
concerned citizen
Comment by been watching and waiting on 28th May 2015
i have read a few times that the Dist.has removed previously agreed to items.if that's true,then identify those items for the public.
It was also stated by the union that the Dist agreed to minimum numbers and are now backing away from that,again,what were /are the numbers?make them public
Maybe it's time to let the union members have a secret ballot vote.If they reject the offer,then at least the public will know it IS the members making the decision.
negotiations
Comment by mmurphy on 27th May 2015
items agreed to are signed off by both parties, therefore use the signed agreement make it public
sheesh
Comment by concerned on 26th May 2015
with comments like the district can't make up its mind and unwilling to do its part, no wonder no agreement has been negotiated.
imagine if the district said that you couldn't make up your mind and you were unwilling, would that make you feel like saying okay, it's a wrap.
just saying.
sheesh