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.

UDP Poster & Info

For more information, please check out the PSAC North website:




Equity Members!

Check out the most recent updates from your Equity Vice President.  

Meeting dates, new initiatives, and PRIZES!  

Go to Equity Members page - click here.


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?

Poster: 10 Things

Video: What have unions ever done for us? 

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.

Click HERE for a direct link to that page.


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!

Hay River


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!

Community Partnerships and Support

Social Justice



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.

CBC news article

"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."

Peoples' Social Forum website

SETTLEMENT OF GRIEVANCES -- Shift Premiums on 3rd and Subsequent Weekends Worked


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

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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 happycats3@live.ca 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.

July 2014 blasting

July 2014 construction

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.

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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

donation local 37

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

Side door donation

Local Presidents Meet in Yellowknife

LPAC 2014

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

Local 3 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.



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.