Kitimat Strike Over
Kitimat, B.C. – The 14 week strike by municipal workers in Kitimat is over.Members of Unifor Local 2300 have voted to accept a new collective agreement.
Under the new three year deal, the 127 members of Unifor Local 2300 will receive annual increases of 2.5%, 2.5% and 3%, the same as had been negotiated at Rio Tinto Alcan. Full time employees will also receive a $3,500 signing bonus.
The agreement also enshrines a minimum number of permanent staff, meaning retiring workers must be replaced.
The District of Kitimat Council approved the deal last evening.
“We are pleased a deal has been reached and the strike has come to an end,” said Mayor Phil Germuth. “We are happy about services being restored and life getting back to normal.
“Lengthy labour disputes are difficult for everyone involved. I would like to emphasize that Council and I, as well as District administration, are committed to building a more positive relationship with our employees going forward.”
Some employees will return to work as early as tomorrow, for some departments the return to work will be phased in as needed. Water leak repairs will be among the priorities for Public Works staff upon returning to work.
Details on the re-opening of recreation facilities have yet to be released.
The new agreement is retroactive to January 1st of 2015, and ends December 31st 2017.