Take Charge of Change - Activist Training for Young Workers and Activists
This is an ONLINE course that the Canadian Labour Congress is doing specifically for youth activists.
Taking Charge of Change (TCC) is an intensive eight-week activist training program for young workers and youth activists (age 30 and under) who want to lead, build and organize for change. This program takes place in a participatory online learning environment.
Application process: Applications for the Winter 2015 sessions of TCC will be open from January 12 to February 4, 2015. Successful applicants will be informed within one week of applications closing. Due to the digital nature of this course, young workers from all regions across Canada are welcome to apply. Please note that this course session is offered in English.
For more information, CLICK HERE.
UNW Equity Committee Meeting
Wed. February 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Food & drinks will be provided
Candidate School for Women
February 6 and 7, 2015
The Status of Women Council of the NWT is hosting a 2-day Campaign School workshop for Women on in Yellowknife.
The purpose of the Campaign School workshop is to provide support and relevant information about elections and campaigning as a woman in the NWT to prospective female candidates who are considering running in the2015 territorial election, and key members of their campaign teams.
Women who are thinking of running in the 2015 NWT territorial election, as well as women who have committed to taking on a key position in another woman’s campaign, are encouraged to apply.
Registration forms can be found at www.statusofwomen.nt.ca
Seating is limited; early registration is recommended. For further information, phone the Status of Women Council of the NWT, at 444-8308.
Hay River Strike Vote
Employees of the Town of Hay River are meeting January 12, 2015 for a strike vote. See the media release.
Click HERE for information on the mentorship program, including available dates in 2015.
$10,000 for Lynn Brooks Women's Shelter
UNW President Todd Parsons (left) and 1st Vice President Gayla Thunstrom (right) present a cheque for $10,000 to YWCA Yellowknife Executive Director Lyda Fuller. The contribution to the new Lynn Brooks Safe Place for Women (formerly BETTY House) was raised at silent auction of the UNW Triennial Convention and with a matching donation from UNW funds.
STOP Bill 12!
The GNWT's Bill 12--the Northern Employee Benefits Services Pension Plan Act--threatens the pension benefits of more than 1,000 UNW members. The Bill would allow benefits to be reduced retroactively, betraying the promise of benefit and income security workers signed on to under the current plan.
The Union of Northern Workers, Public Service Alliance of Canada, Northern Territories Federation of Labour and the NWT Teachers Association are fighting the Bill. Submissions have been made to the Legislative Assembly committee reviewing the Bill, calling for it to be withdrawn.
One clause in the bill would allow the GNWT to join the NEBS pension plan, leaving GNWT superannuation plan members vulnerable to cuts in benefits.
UNW President Todd Parsons has sent a letter to all MLAs calling for the Bill to be stopped.
Come to a demonstration Friday October 17 at noon at the Legislative Assembly Building. (Lunch is provided).
Call your MLA and say Bill 12 must not be passed!
See the letter sent to all MLAs and submissions filed on the Bill
Fight Privatization at Stanton Hospital
GNWT Labour Relations has told the UNW that Stanton’s 8 Facilities Management Workers face lay-off. The lay-offs could come as early as June 2015.
Stanton Territorial Health Authority plans to replace these workers with contracted-out services.
The lay-offs are the latest in a management campaign of privatization. Food services and housekeeping have already been contracted out.
The privatization hurts workers, hurt patients and hurts the hospital and GNWT
Take Action! You Could Be Next!
Call Your MLA and say “No Way” to more privatization
Ask your friends, neighbors and local businesses to call MLAs and say they oppose privatization
Use the Draft Letter to Write to Your MLA
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!
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.
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.