Your bargaining committee, the company bargaining committee and Labour Board Mediator Dave Schaub met in Williams Lake on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 17th and 18th.
These meetings proved to be very productive with agreement being reached on the majority of outstanding issues.
Efforts were made to reach agreement on some final items, but the company had some time/scheduling issues to consider, so arrangements were made to reconvene this coming Monday (July 23rd).
The bargaining process has proven to be exceptionally challenging for both parties due to the difficult situation the mine has been in as well as relationship concerns between the Company and its unionized employees.
A labour dispute puts everyone in a difficult position, but if we stand for nothing, we get nothing...and possibly even less than what we have. It is clear that our members understand this.
Thanks to all who have spent long hours at a picket line supporting our Union. Thank you also, to all who have gone to find ways to support their families during this process. This is also an important form of support.
We will issue updated information as quickly as possible following Monday’s meetings.
Your Bargaining Committee