Williams Lake Mayor releases statement about union’s tactics

Williams Lake Mayor releases statement about union's tactics

Mayor Kerry Cook released a statement late Thursday, responding to the “union’s tactics.”

Her statement is in full here:

“For the first time, the unionized employees of the City of Williams Lake have chosen to go on strike. The mayor and council consider the action unfortunate and designed to inconvenience our citizens but respect our employees right to do so.

With the agreement of the City and the Union, the Labour Relations Board has issued an Essential Services Order which will protect services necessary to protect our citizens’ health, safety and welfare during the strike. If necessary, the city will apply for amendments to the order.

Clearly our citizens will be inconvenienced. For example, with Spring Break on the horizon, the union’s actions have lead to the shutdown of all programmes at the Cariboo Memorial Centre. We regret this.

The mayor and council also regret that the union has chosen to undertake a campaign of personal insults and misinformation, attacking city management, our negotiators and the council.

We do not know if the union’s tactics are having the desired effect. We do know that the feedback the mayor and council have been receiving has been overwhelmingly positive.

With regard to our management staff who are working hard to maintain essential services and to the city’s negotiating committee, they are doing a remarkable job under very trying circumstances and are having to endure inexcusable personal insults from the union. Management and our negotiating committee have the full and unqualified support and confidence of the mayor and council.

Before engaging in these personal insults against people doing their job, the union should remember that at the end of this strike, we all have to work together again. Needless antagonism is uncalled for.

Unfortunately the union has chosen to publish untruths and misleading statements. We will publish bulletins as necessary to rebut the union’s falsehoods as necessary and they will appear on the City’s website.”

International Operating Union of Engineers Local 882B service representative John Dube responded to the mayor’s message late Thursday saying the union does not have to justify what it’s putting out to the public.

“The union has been very truthful and open and welcomes the public to come and talk to our people to find out that what we’re putting out there are the facts. The union does not have to prove itself. It has not lied to the public.”

It was the union that went to the city and said it would supply the operators to make sure the ice remained at the complex, Dube added.

“So it seems funny that when they say they are trying to do something for the public, their idea was to take the ice out. Their track record is lousy. They had to go to arbitration with the CRD, they are trying to shove arbitration down our throats because they can’t do what they are supposed to do, and it’s us that are putting out mis-information? They haven’t proven that we’ve put out one piece of misinformation.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

FILE – A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
B.C. seniors 80 years and older to get COVID vaccine details over next 2 weeks: Henry

Province is expanding vaccine workforce as officials ramp up age-based rollout

Interior Health reported 43 new COVID-19 cases in the region Feb. 23, 2021 and no additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
43 new cases of COVID reported in Interior Health

No new deaths, Williams Lake outbreak over

A COVID-19 sign is seen last spring at the First Nations community of Canim Lake (Tsq’ scen). (Martina Dopf photo)
Another Canim Lake elder dies of COVID-19

The man was the husband of an elder who died last month outside the community.

Pink Shirt Day is Feb. 24.
This Pink Shirt Day let’s ‘lift each other up’

There are several warning signs regarding bullying:

The COVID-19 cluster in the Williams Lake area has been declared contained by Interior Health. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Interior Health declares Williams Lake area COVID-19 cluster contained

Four new cases have been reported since Feb. 19

B.C. health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and health minister Adrian Dix wore pink shirts to showcase this year’s motto: “Lift each other up.” (Twitter/PinkShirtDay)
PHOTOS: B.C. celebs take a stand against bullying on Pink Shirt Day

‘We need to let young people know they are not alone and they can reach out to others for help’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

NorKam secondary student Karis Wilson in the outfit that got her sent home from school on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Contributed to Kamloops This Week)
B.C. teen in turtleneck, lace-edged dress sent home from school for ‘inappropriate’ outfit

NorKam secondary student Karis Wilson was told the lace on the garment made it look like a slip dress

Vancouver Canucks left wing Antoine Roussel (26) tries to get a shot past Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) during second period NHL action in Vancouver, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canucks cough up 3-0 lead, fall 4-3 to visiting Edmonton Oilers

Vancouver falls to 8-13-2 on the NHL season

Jessica McCallum-Miller receives her signed oath of office from city chief administrative officer Heather Avison on Nov. 5, 2018 after being elected to Terrace City Council. McCallum-Miller resigned on Feb. 22, 2021, saying she felt unsupported and unheard by council. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Terrace’s 1st Indigenous councillor resigns citing ‘systemic and internalized racism,’ sexism

McCallum-Miller said in a Facebook post she felt unheard and unsupported by council

Temporary changes to allow for wholesale pricing for the hospitality industry were implemented June 2020 and set to expire March 31.	(Pixabay photo)
Pubs, restaurants to pay wholesale prices on liquor permanently in COVID-recovery

Pre-pandemic, restaurateurs and tourism operators paid full retail price on most liquor purchases

Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire. Image: The Canadian Press
Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell makes third attempt at bail on sex charges

Maxwell claims she will renounce her U.K. and French citizenships if freed

Feds agree people with mental illness should have access to MAID — in 2 years

This is one of a number of changes to Bill C-7 proposed by the government

Most Read