UNW 16th Triennial Convention 2014
Yellowknife, October 17-19, 2014
Check for regular updates, important deadline dates, and documents on the Convention 2014 page.
The NEW Union Development Program (UDP)
Applications now being accepted until October 3, 2014!Are you passionate about standing up for unions and workers’ rights?
Do you believe in fairness, social justice and human rights?
Are you active in your union and interested in deepening your activist knowledge and skills?
The New Union Development Program (UDP) is an opportunity for you to prepare yourself to assume leadership roles in your union and in the broader labour and social justice movements.
For more information, please check out the PSAC North website:
Check out the most recent updates from your Equity Vice President.
Meeting dates, new initiatives, and PRIZES!
Labour Day Celebrations
Thank you to everyone who came out to make Labour Day a great success again!
Click on the document below to see a larger PDF version of the pictures
What have Unions Done for Me?
Dominion Diamond Bargaining Begins
Your Bargaining Team met with the Employer twice in August to begin bargaining talks. For the most recent updates and member communiques, please visit the DDEC Bargaining page on the left side of this website.
Support for the Hay River Soup Kitchen
August 23, 2014
UNW and PSAC activists were leading the charge to help the Hay River Soup Kitchen fill its empty shelves this month. Nice work, guys!
UNW and the Community
The Union of Northern Workers cares about our communities, and we are a working partner to support organizations who are making change. Interested in what your union does in the community? Check out some of the links on our website!
Josie Gould Scholarship Winners Announced!
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2014 Josie Gould Scholarship recipients:
Emily MacKinnon Rebecca Robertson
Arran Ferguson Kristy Ollerhead
Andrea Hewitt Kristine McLeod
Sally Card Craig Ferguson
René O'Reilly Hannah Bond
UNW/PSAC Members Seek Change for Canada
UNW/PSAC members who are attending the Peoples Social Forum in Ottawa this week joined thousands of other social activists in the march on Parliament Hill Thursday August 21.
"The Peoples’ Social Forum (PSF) is a critical public space aimed at fostering activist involvement of individuals and civil society organizations that want to transform Canada as it exists today."
SETTLEMENT OF GRIEVANCES -- Shift Premiums on 3rd and Subsequent Weekends Worked
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 !
The UNW and the GNWT have reached a settlement on two grievances that were filed regarding the payment of shift premiums for those who worked on a 3rd or subsequent weekend.
If you are a former employee of the GNWT and you worked 3rd and subsequent weekends please contact us no later than Sept 15, 2014
We have a very short timeframe in which to provide the Employer with any supporting documentation that you may have, so it is imperative that you respond to us by July 18th.
To read the entire letter, click HERE.
UNW at NWT Pride
3rd Annual School Supply Drive/Yellowknife
In support of the YWCA. Organized by Jessica Arnold.
There are kids out there that need school supplies. Anything from pens and pencils, to lunch bags and back packs, would be so very helpful. If you are interested in donating please contact Jessica at email@example.com or call 447-2035.
For public drop off, the North of 60 Military Family Resource Centre at 5124-54th st from 9 am – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
Click HERE for a PDF poster to print and circulate.
Groundbreaking and Blasting!
Blasting and construction on the site of the new Union of Northern Workers building began in July. President Todd Parsons gives the big thumbs up.
The UNW Full Executive were in town for their regular meeting during the week of May 19 and were thrilled to have their photo shot at the GROUNDBREAKING at the site on 53rd Street where the new UNW building will be constructed - s een here with representatives from Clark Builders and Stantec Architects.
PSAC North Convention
Thanks to all the UNW delegates and observers who attended PSAC North Convention in Whitehorse. Your participation makes our union strong!
Congratulations to newly elected REVP Jack Bourassa, and also to our very own Marie Buchanan, who was elected Alternate REVP.
1st Vice President Gayla Thunstrom presents a donation on behalf of Local 37 (formerly Sodeho-Ekati Mine) to Bechoko and Edzo Friendship Youth Centres on June 25, 2014
UNW President Todd Parsons and 1st Vice President Gayla Thunstrom were proud to present Executive Director Iris Hamlyn at the Side Door Youth Ministries a donation on behalf of Local 37. June 2, 2014
Local Presidents Meet in Yellowknife
It was great to see the UNW Local Presidents in Yellowknife this weekend for their annual meeting. They are seen here, posing with President Todd Parsons and 1st VP Gayla Thunstrom, and the Explorer Hotel bear!
Local 3 Supports Anti-Bullying
UNW Local 3's Mike Carruthers presents a cheque for $500 to East Three Elementary School's principal Jenette Vlanich in support of Anti Bullying Day for the purchase of pink T Shirts for all of the students and the staff
GNWT Members - Rest Periods MOA
The UNW and the GNWT proudly announce an agreement has been reached regarding Rest Periods. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) becomes part of the Collective Agreement as of April 1, 2014.
This agreement specifically outlines the situations where an employee would be entitled to a minimum of an 8 hour rest period before reporting for a regularly scheduled work day or shift, without loss of regular earnings.
Click HERE to read the full joint communique to members.
Click HERE to read the full MOA.
COFFEE IS BACK!
Cafe Justicia is back! The UNW has a new shipment of this organic, fair trade plus, Guatemalan coffee, purchased from the PSAC Social Justice Fund. We have: medium or dark roast, beans or ground (as supplies last). $13/bag cash only
If you would like to buy some, stop by the UNW building during office hours.