by Ingrid Baetzel, Editor
Regarding potential strike action by Kootenay Lake, Harrop/Proctor and Glade ferry workers: Paul Hindson, in conversation with Mainstreet, spoke about his time at the Labour Relations Board hearings in Vancouver last week. Following are points regarding what we might/can expect:
1. The hearings are continuing today and tomorrow (Aug 27/28) and then wrapping up with a decision.
2. The union can give contingent notice to strike at any time. They need to give 72 hours strike notice. That means that if the hearings result in the ferry being deemed a non-essential service, the strike can occur as early as Thursday, Aug 29. If it’s deemed an essential service, strike action would not be occurring.
3. In conversation with ferry hands and workers, Hindson said that there are very legitimate reasons for concern and that the crew have asked for a long time for changes and are aware of the ramifications for travelers (and East Shore residents) if strike action occurs.
4. If strike action occurs, the ferry would run a morning and afternoon run. If the pass closed, they would do more runs to clear traffic. Prioritization will likely be given to those traveling for health and education purposes.
Watch for more info to follow and if there are any corrections/additions/changes, please inform. We are posting what we know as we go.