The information and advisories surrounding COVID-19 are constantly evolving. The UNW is closely monitoring all advisories and recommendations from NWT and national health authorities regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

Stay up to date on current health advisories by regularly checking the website of the NWT Chief Public Health Officer: 

Updates are listed in order of most recent:


Official site for information on Covid-19 in the NWT:

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety:

From PSAC:

  • PSAC North Regional COVID-19 Webinars:

Current information for GNWT employees (from the employer's website):

Information about Federal Benefits for individuals and families:

    Monday, May 11, 2020

    Due to uncertainty around the pandemic and restrictions on group gatherings and meetings, the PSAC National Board of Directors have passed resolutions officially postponing the PSAC National Convention and the PSAC Regional Conventions by one year, and suspending Convention and AGM deadlines until Sept 2020.

    Read the Full Communique: Communique to Members Re: Conventions and AGMs

      Monday, March 30, 2020

      For GNWT members who have concerns or questions regarding UNW communications and working with the Employer:

      NOTE: if you are not a GNWT employee but have any health & safety concerns, please contact the UNW Service Department and your Local Executive or Shop Steward.

      Thursday, March 19, 2020

      In light of the recommendations from the NWT's Chief Public Health Officer regarding gatherings and social distancing, the UNW will be implementing electronic nominations and elections for UNW 18th Triennial Convention Delegates and Alternates.

      Check out the Convention page of our website for details:

      Tuesday, March 17, 2020

      As a proactive measure to reduce any risk to the health and safety of our members and staff, as of 5:00pm today the UNW offices in Hay River, Inuvik, and Yellowknife will be closed until further notice.

      Working from home, our staff will continue to provide service to members using all available technologies. We thank members in advance for their patience and understanding during this time.

      Members are advised to continue to monitor the UNW website, email, and the UNW Facebook Group for updates on affected union activities. Contact your Local President for updates regarding Local activities.

      Contact information

      Local Executives:

      Regional Vice Presidents:

      UNW Staff:

      Monday, March 16, 2020

      Effective immediately, all Local meetings and union gatherings are suspended until further notice.

      Where possible, any necessary union business will be conducted using available technologies (phone, email, teleconferencing, etc).

      Members are strongly advised to regularly monitor this website, email, and the UNW Facebook Group for updates on affected union activities.

      While our offices are currently still open, this situation may change at any time, pursuant to any recommendations from the NWT Chief Public Health Officer.

      However, to promote social distancing, members who require assistance are encouraged to call or email rather than visit a UNW office. Contact information for UNW Executive Officers, RVPs, and staff is available at

      Friday, March 13, 2020

      The GNWT has been communicating with the UNW regarding workplace and employee plans, and the parties are meeting weekly to discuss updates, with additional meetings as required.

      Regional Vice Presidents are working with Local Executives to ensure that all precautions are taken with respect to upcoming Local meetings, and are developing plans to address situations where members may be limited in their ability to participate in union activity due to COVID-19 restrictions.

      Lastly, the UNW has temporarily suspended non-essential duty travel for our employees, to limit exposure and be proactive in exercising responsible caution.