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

PSAC Boardroom

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

Mentorship Program--2015 

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

UNW Letter to All MLAs

PSAC Letter to All MLAs 

NTFL Letter to All MLAs 

PSAC Submission to Committee

NTFL Submission to Committee

NWTTA Submission to Committee  

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

See a backgrounder and anti-privatization letter

 Read UNW President Todd Parsons Anti-Privatization Letter to the Editor 

Use the Draft Letter to Write to Your MLA

 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



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



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.