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NEWS RELEASE · 27th May 2015
District of Kitimat
Many comments have been made about the need for respect and civil behavior at the District of Kitimat. Some years ago, the District developed a Harassment Policy. Copies are available at: info,,,kitimat.ca .

District of Kitimat Harassment Policy:

- Is consistent with requirements of the Workers’ Compensation Act Regulations preventing bullying and harassment in the workplace.

- Was developed jointly by representatives from the Union, the Firefighters’ Union and exempt staff.

- Applies to all employee groups, Kitimat Council and volunteers.

Parties agree that, in addition to complying with the law, all are interested in promoting a workplace where everyone is protected from bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Outstanding Issues:

Some items remain outstanding. We understand key issues which the Union has said it will not move on include:

- Manning language – The District has agreed to re-sign a letter of agreement attached to the 2011 – 2014 Collective Agreement which lists every full-time and regular part-time employee currently working with the municipality. Also, number of employees has not reduced, even during some difficult times.

- Tying very significant pay increases (upwards of 3.4% for Labourers) to LNG or other development announcements, on top of a proposed 2.5% pay increase per year.

- Amount of signing bonus.

Binding Arbitration:

With the wages, benefits, premium pay improvements and language already signed off, employees have a superior Collective Agreement. However, given the impasse, we asked the Union to agree to binding arbitration.

- Binding Arbitration allows employees to return to work while the arbitration happens.

- Both sides would be bound by the decision of the arbitrator.

Summary:

The District of Kitimat has offered its employees a 2.5% wage increase per year in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Kitimat’s employees will remain among the best paid municipal workforce in British Columbia.

While wages are an important factor in employment, we are all agreed a workplace in which all communications and activities are civil, respectful and professional is vital to a healthy environment.