City of Kimberley, Steelworkers wait on essential services ruling

Update, City and Steelworkers agree to one more day of mediation

City of KImberley CAO Scott Sommerville reports that the City has requested another day of mediation with the Union through Grant MacArthur to finalize the essential services order and possibly negotiate an agreement, and the Union has agreed, as of Wednesday morning, to return to mediation.

The date has yet to be determined.

Steelworkers 1-405 members met with Union leaders at Centennial Hall in Kimberley on Monday evening, and Jeff Bromley from the Steelworkers says that the mood  of members is “upset”.

“To be honest members feel upset, they feel attacked by some of the comments the Mayor has made in the media. They are taking some of these comments personally.

“They know, we know, that Kimberley is not a rich city. Money doesn’t grow on trees. We know that. Any deal, we hope, would include a reasonable, fair wage increase, but as we have said all along, money isn’t an issue. But the attack on vacation, on the job evaluation program, it’s upsetting.

“The Mayor keeps asking us to be part of the solution but they aren’t asking us to participate in that way. We are being told.”

Right now, the situation is going through the process of establishing essential services with the Labour Relations Board. Bromley says both the city and union went back and forth on Friday and Monday about what the numbers are.

“The employer would say we need x amount of people and we understand that, but the employers says it wants snow removal as an essential service. It’s July. I think that could be dealt with down the road. Where we disagree are the levels.”

Bromley says he expects there should be something hammered out by the end of this week. If it’s not, it will go to hearings.

Until the Labour Relations Board makes the ruling on essential services, there won’t be a strike or a lock out.

“Either side can give notice,” Bromley said. “But nothing can happen until there’s a ruling.”

“Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. We won’t panic.”

Mayor Don McCormick was unavailable for comment.


Just Posted

An interview with a magician

2018 Magic Variety Show hits Key City Theatre

Mountain City Travel wins award

The Kootenay region can be proud to include Mountain City Travel, located… Continue reading

100 new child care spaces, improvements to 41 facilities

Columbia Basin Trust provides over $1 million for 41 projects, two of which are in Kimberley.

SD 6 did change some bus route policy

Meadowbrook parents have been raising concerns about the safety of the bus… Continue reading

Meadowbrook parents have concerns on school bus route

Meadowbrook parents are raising concern with School District No. 6 about the… Continue reading

WATCH: Kimberley news recap

A quick recap of the top news stories this week in Kimberley.

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Most Read