REPORTING · 24th July 2012
Kitimat Daily News
UPDATE AS OF 9:45 am Negotiations continue unabated. Issues are being resolved and a positive atmosphere continues. The word is the talks will continue without stopping for sleep.
The Rio Tinto Alcan negotiations went into overtime. The midnight deadline had passed and negotiations were continued into the early morning hours. At 7 am, Tuesday, the talks were still in progress.
Late Monday evening members at the CAW 2301 Union Hall eagerly awaited the news about the contract and were optimistic about how well negotiations were going.
Shortly after the 11, the union leaders who would be directing strikers were deployed to locations to ensure no one was striking prematurely. Workers had been instructed to continue as normal until they heard otherwise. One group of shift workers did show up and asking what was going on stating they were to work in the morning at 5 and did not wish to do so without a contract. Everyone was instructed to continue to as normal until instructed otherwise by the Union.
During the night, word came in that a police blockade had been set up at the railroad tracks. Shortly after they were ordered to stand down and went home.
As they hours tick by the community of Kitimat waits anxiously for the Company and the Union to reach a settlement of the issues. It is expected a settlement will be reached within a few hours and the remaining issue is the term of the contract.