Communications Officer

The Union of Northern Workers is currently looking for a Communications Officer to assist and support a range of communcations and political activities in our Yellowknife office.

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UNW 16th Triennial Convention is this year!

Yellowknife, October 17-19, 2014 

Check for regular updates, important deadline dates, and documents on the Convention 2014 page. 


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.

may 2015

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


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 July 18th.

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.

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.


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