December 6 ~ National Day of Remembrance
In the ongoing struggle to end violence against women, much has changed since December 6, 1989. On that day, 24 years ago, a lone gunman entered L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal and separated the women from the men yelling “I hate feminists.” He then systematically murdered 14 female engineering students – women who were shot dead solely because they were women.
That day, 24 years ago, will be forever burned into the minds of a nation who struggled to comprehend the worst gender-based massacre in Canadian history and the labour movement was no exception. In the wake of what is now known as the Montreal Massacre, intense dialogue took place both inside and outside of the labour movement. Activists demanded that governments, employers and society address gender-based violence and engage in political action as they never had before.
You are invited to participate in a survey conducted by the Women’s Committee of the Canadian Labour Congress in partnership with researchers at the University of Western Ontario (Western). This survey looks at how domestic violence can affect Canadian workers and what kinds of supports are available in workplaces. You are being asked to participate because you are a member of one of the unions co-sponsoring this survey.
www.fluidsurveys.com/s/DVatWork (English) or
Temporary Foreign Workers Workshop
January 24 -25, 2014
Join workers, advocates, unions, experts and community allies who are committed to protecting and strengthening the rights of newcomers to our territory’s labour market. Through speakers and participatory sessions, participants will examine the impact of current policies, explore solutions, and develop strategies for joint action.
Click on the pdf poster for more information. Please print, post, forward and share!
Seasons Greetings from the UNW
Local 6 AGM in Hay River Dec 11, 2013
UNW Local 6 Annual General Meeting
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Supper provided)
Meeting to follow at 7:00 pm
Place: Woodland Wok & Grill, Hay River, NT
Support the United Way
Check out our United Way page for more information!
Should the Public Service have the right to strike?
The Ottawa Citizen wrote a really good story about that, Click here to follow the link. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/op-ed/Should+public+service+have+right+strike/9216352/story.html
Union Supports Aven's New Expanded Facility
The NWT's largest labour organization is the first partner to come forward with a major cash donation for AVENS's proposed seniors housing and care capacity.
Union of Northern Workers President Todd Parsons today presented a cheque for $50,000 to AVENS Society founding board member Barbara Bromley in support of their vision for a 60-bed facility to be built in Yellowknife.
“We are very excited to be the first out of the gate to show our support," said UNW President Todd Parsons. "The UNW recognizes how important AVENs is to the whole Northwest Territories. It is common knowledge that our population is aging and we recognize our role as a partner in supporting our elders and communities.”
"This is much more than a welcome cash donation," said AVENS Society Board President Bill Braden. "It is a strong signal, from a key NWT partner, that they share our desire to do the best we can for our seniors and elders. They are the first to step up, and we are very grateful."
Membership Survey winners announced
Members who participated in the recent UNW Membership Survey had their names placed in a draw for prizes. The winners are:
- Teresa Watson (Yellowknife) who won two round trip tickets to Edmonton.
- Philip Goulet (Yellowknife) who won a round trip ticket to Edmonton.
- Ellie Ross-Saunders (Tuktoyaktuk) who won a round trip ticket to Edmonton.
- Mike Lawson who won the Ipad Mini.
- Marsha Rankin who won a piece of UNW clothing.
- Frank Walsh who won a piece of UNW clothing.
- Adam Kudlak who won a piece of UNW clothing.
- Heather MacDougall who won a piece of UNW clothing.
- Jessica Schmidt who won a piece of UNW clothing.
- Ivan Landry who won a piece of UNW clothing.
Congratulations to the winners and Thank You to all UNW members who participated in the survey.
UNW Continues Support for Kids Ahead
In conjunction with Rotary, UNW has renewed its support again this year for the Heathy Snacks program. Todd Parsons presented a $15,000 cheque to Rotary member Charles Dent.
Have you seen Canadian Labour ads on TV?
Catchy ads are running on TV, follow this link to see the ads. Check out the Fairness Works video in English video at: http://youtu.be/nhInxpMMqk0
Social Justice and The Art of Giving
Filmmaker France Benoit recently created 17 short films in the theme of The Art of Giving, featuring Yellowknife organizations and people. The UNW and the PSAC Social Justice Fund were fortunate to be included in one of the films, entitled "Taking It to the Streets". We are also proud sponsors of France's film. To watch the 28 minute movie, click on this link www.artofgiving.ca
Park'nfly Edmonton, special rates for UNW Members
A special rate has been negotiated for UNW members who wish to park and fly from Edmonton. Go to our Member Benefits page for details.
Josie Gould Memorial Scholarship Winners
From left to right, Back row: Paulina Brooks, Kelsey Wick, Tess Alain, Emily Muth
Front: Greg Huvenaars, Todd Parsons (UNW Pres), Gayla Thunstrom (1st VP), Morgan Moffitt, Jill Alain
This year’s winners and the schools they are attending are:
Essay topics were: “Why are unions necessary in today’s society?” or “What is the importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life in aboriginal Canadians?” Click on the names above to read some of essays.
UPDATE! Bill C-377 has been sent back to the House with amendments.
Although both of these bills are technically "Private Members'" bills, they are obviously just more Conservative attacks on unions. Why are the Conservatives so afraid of unions that they want to muzzle and handcuff them?
Private Members' Bill C-377
Conservative Russ Hiebert introduced C-377 as a private members bill in 2011, arguing that public disclosure of union expenses and salaries should be mandatory because union fees are tax deductible. The bill would require unions to provide detailed financial filings to the Canada Revenue Agency, which would then make the information public in the same way it does in regards to charitable organizations.
Click on the these links for more detailed articles and information:
Private Members' Bill C-525
On June 5th, Conservative MP Blaine Calkins for Wetaskiwin (Alberta) introduced Bill C-525, an Act to change the certification and revocation sections of the Canada Labour Code, the Public Service Labour Relations Act and the Parliamentary Employees Staff Relations Act.
The purpose of the bill is to remove the possibility of automatic certification of bargaining units, often referred to as “card check.” These proposed changes to existing federal legislation would put in place the highest barriers to unionization in the country. It is another attack from the Conservatives against the labour rights of hard working Canadians.
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.
Policy Grievance - Joint Release
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)
the Union of Northern Workers (UNW)
are pleased to announce the resolution of policy grievance 08-G-00760 Pay -Underfill by a Minutes of Settlement signed by both parties at Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on the 7 th. day of June,2013.
If you were an underfill employee on November 3, 2008 and would like more Information on how this might affect you, please contact the Union of Northern Workers at 1-867-873-5668.