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.

We are also monitoring employer policies and plans as they become available and encourage members to speak to their supervisor if they have any questions about their workplace plans.

If your employer has not provided a policy or plan, please make a point of asking for one and bring it to the attention of your Joint Occupational Health & Safety Union Rep and/or your Local President.

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:


From PSAC:

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

Information about Federal Benefits for individuals and families:

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.