By Jody MacPherson
Fort McMurray Express, June 4, 1986
The Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce has called for an end to the Suncor strike “before damage becomes ‘irreparable’.”
In a letter to both Suncor and the McMurray Independent Oil Workers (MIOW) union, Chamber of Commerce president Wayne Taylor says if the strike is allowed to continue it will be “extremely detrimental to the commercial and overall health of the community.”
Wayne Taylor says the longer the strike goes on, the more conflict that will have built up between the two sides.
“Let’s face it, once you’re out on strike longer than a month, you’ll never make up the difference in whatever benefits you may have gained from the strike,” he says.
Taylor says the chamber is not accusing either side of being right or wrong, it just wants to see things return to normal in the city.
“We’re all in this together, as far as the impact on the community goes, and unless people remember this, it could take a long time to resolve things,” says Taylor.
Taylor says once school is out, if they are not back to work, a lot of strikers might consider leaving.
Neither Suncor nor MIOW has responeded (sic) to the letter.