Stand Up Against Cuts to Jobs and Programs!

On February 1, the Minister of Finance presented a budget in the Legislative Assembly which cut even more GNWT positions, as well as two important programs at Aurora College.

UNW Members immediately jumped to action!  Members in Fort Smith organized a rally on Sat. Feb. 4th to protest the cuts to the Social Work and Teaching programs at Aurora College (see photos from the rally here.)

February 7 - 9 saw lunchtime rallies at the Legislative Assembly as well.  

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017


The Union of Northern Workers is calling on the regular Members of the Legislative Assembly to oppose the budget and stand up for Northern jobs and programs.  We believe that the government should COMPROMISE when it comes to infrastructure and supporting the workers of the NWT. Cutting jobs and programs, and offering zero increases, will NOT make the economy better!

Friday, February 3, 2017      UNW Letter to Regular MLAs

Thursday, February 2, 2017     UNW Press Release


What YOU can do!

Call or email your MLA and tell them that standing up for Northern jobs is important to you

Sign the petition calling for a reversal to the budget cuts to Aurora College.

Write letters to the newspaper in support of workers of the NWT.

Get your COMPROMISE button from your RVP or Local President.


Here is what has been going on in the Local News! 

Friday, March 3, 2017

N.W.T. Budget Wars: Episode III — A New Hope for consensus as cabinet offers $4.8M top-up
CBC North

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Please see Todd Parsons' recent Labour Views column, which appeared in Yellowknifer. 


Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

Inuvik council irked by N.W.T. tourism campaign offering 140 flights to Yellowknife
CBC North

Launch of retooled N.W.T. midwifery program won't happen until at least 2018
CBC North

'Whoo!' Progressive lenses now partly covered for seniors, Indigenous patients in N.W.T.
CBC North

Progressive Lenses now partly covered for select NWT groups
My Yellowknife Now/Moose FM


Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017

Retired social worker fears 'great loss' if college program cuts go ahead
CBC North


Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

Daily protests in front of the Legislative Assembly
CKLB Radio

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

Proposed cutbacks to site inspections go against devolution promise, says N.W.T. MLA
CBC North

Friday, Feb. 10, 2017

Yellowknifers protest cuts to Aurora College programs
My Yellowknife Now/Moose FM


Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Students to protest cuts to Aurora College programs 
My Yellowknife Now/Moose FM


Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Northerners protesting this week to oppose NWT budget
My Yellowknife Now/Moose FM


Monday, Feb. 6, 2017

Protesters rally in Fort Smith, N.W.T against budget cuts
CBC North

Aurora College's teacher, social worker programs targeted by budget cuts
CBC North

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

N.W.T. MLAs vow to stick together and vote against budget
CBC North

New N.W.T. budget dials back savings target, OKs 911 service across territory
CBC North

In swift policy change, N.W.T. gov't offers full funding for junior kindergarten
CBC North

Funds for Junior Kindergarten, 911 included in NWT budget
My Yellowknife Now/Moose FM

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

Regular MLAs and cabinet at loggerheads over today's N.W.T. budget
CBC North