Government of the NWT

Information on Understanding the Northern Allowance 

The UNW has provided a useful document to help answer some of the basic questions about the Northern Allowance.

Please see Understanding the Northern Allowance


March 8 - 10, 2017

During the March 8 -10, 2017 bargaining session, the parties worked on a number of areas of common interest and plan to meet again to resume negotiations in the near future.  

The UNW and the GNWT have agreed there will be no public comment at this time.


February 2017

In response to the GNWT Finance Minister's budget address, please see UNW information below:

     Issues and Updates - GNWT Budget 2017-18 - FIGHT AUSTERITY!

     2017. 02.02 UNW press release

     2017.02.03 Letter to MLAs


January 5, 2017

The Union of Northern Workers and the Government of the Northwest Territories will be resuming collective agreement negotiations on March 8, 9, and 10.  


December 19, 2016

Look for our ad in the News North and Yellowknifer over the next couple of weeks - A Worker's Wish List.  Feel free to print and post on union bulletin boards.


"What Members Are Saying, What Members Want to Know" 

The Union of Northern Workers recently issued mail-out feedback forms to all members in hopes of receiving some input in the bargaining process with the GNWT. 

We have compiled the information gathered in a document called What Members Are Saying, What Members Want to Know

While we initially had a deadline of Nov. 30, the bargaining team welcomes feedback from members at all times. 


December 7 and December 9, 2016

We know you are busy hard working people.  You may not have time to attend a long union meeting.  That’s why we are having a couple quick bargaining update meetings.  Wed. Dec. 7 at 5:30 pm or Fri. Dec. 9 at Noon.  Food and beverages will be provided for those who RSVP in advance.  

For more information, please see our GNWT Bargaining Update poster.

Please share with colleagues, and feel free to print and post the poster.


November 1, 2016

As you know, the UNW has worked hard to get a mail-out to the membership to hear back from you as we proceed with future bargaining sessions. We are asking you read the Labour Views column (either by clicking the pdf document below or going to our News Page) and provide us with your thoughts. Your participation is important.

October 14, 2016 

The Union of Northern Workers has sent a mail out to all GNWT members asking for feedback for the bargaining team. 
Please read the letter carefully and respond by Nov. 30, 2016 at 5 p.m. Your input is critical! 

Mail-out (PDF)

Sept. 30, 2016

The Union of Northern Workers recently updated its economic proposals for the purposes of collective bargaining with the GNWT. Please read the proposal to learn full details. 

Please also see the Bargaining Communique released by UNW President Todd Parsons, today. 

The Employer's proposal is also available online.


Aug. 16, 2016

The Union of Northern Workers and the Government of the Northwest Territories will be resuming collective agreement negotiations from Sept. 26 to 29.  


May 10 - 12, 2016

Bargaining resumed this week.  Three days of negotiations ended on a disappointing note, with little productive discussion at the bargaining table.  Please click on the link below for our communique to members:

          2016.05.12 Communique to Members

The following is a comprehensive counter proposal package that your Bargaining Team provided to the Employer on May 11th:

          2016.05.11 UNW Comprehensive Response to GNWT

The Employer's two counter proposals, from May 10th and May 12th, are linked on their website, and copies are here:

         2016.05.10 GNWT response to UNW

         2016.05.12 GNWT response to UNW


April 1, 2016

The UNW bargaining team met with the GNWT's negotiating committee for three days this week.  Click on the link below for our communique to members.  

       2016.04.01 Communique to Members

The following are the proposal documents which were provided to the Employer during bargaining this week.

       March 29 - Appendix A9 College Educators -  proposed changes ( including A9.04(d)  )

       March 30 - MOU Mental Health UNW counter proposal

       March 31 - UNW discussion proposal 10 Principles Around Workforce Reduction


The GNWT's follow up and counter proposals from this week can be viewed on their website at:


January 27, 2016

Bargaining resumed on January 25th.   On January 26th, the UNW bargaining team made a counter proposal to the GNWT, with amendments to Articles 47 and 48 as a package.  The counter on the GNWT's Article 47 proposal was given verbally, and the UNW stated that if the GNWT revised the long term leave absence agreement that they require employees to sign so that it no longer violated the Collective Agreement, the UNW could then agree to the cost recovery language the GNWT proposed.  (Contigent on agreement to the UNW's counter proposal on Article 48.)

The UNW's counter proposal to Article 48 is attached here:

   UNW Counter Proposal Article 48

On January 27th, the UNW presented our position in response to the GNWT's proposal regarding Mental Health.  The UNW proposal is attached here:

   UNW Proposal on Mental Health

The UNW's Counter Proposal MOU from January 28th on e-Performance is attached here:

   MOU e-Performance

To read the GNWT's full counter proposals, click the link below to be redirected to their website documents:


January 15, 2016

Bargaining with the GNWT commenced yesterday with the exchange of opening proposal packages.  Please click on the links below to read either of these documents:
Discussions will continue January 25 – 29.


January 2016--Bargaining Commences

The UNW and the GNWT will exchange proposals January 14-15.  We will provide updates to our members as they become available.  
Your bargaining team is:  Todd Parsons, Rashmi Patel, Melvin Larocque, Jason Card, Michael Arbuckle, Marie Buchanan, Chris Potyok, and Gail Lem (PSAC Negotiator)
July 21- July 22, 2015—GNWT Contract Bargaining Conference
A conference to develop the UNW’s position for contract talks with the GNWT will take place in Yellowknife from 9 AM July 21 to 5 PM July 22.  Each Local that represents GNWT members is allowed 2 delegates to the bargaining conference.
The conference will review the proposals for bargaining positions received from locals and focus on priorities for contract talks.  A bargaining package containing the proposals will then be developed.For more information, please email Roxanna Baisi, Director of Membership Services.

February 16, 2015—Bargaining Input Call for GNWT Locals

Preparations are underway to begin bargaining with the GNWT.
The input call was sent by email on Feb. 16, 2015 to all Locals who have members in the GNWT.  Included in the email is information on the bargaining process, including:
  • the make up and roles of the Local Level Bargaining Committee
  • information on gathering proposals 
  • information on the Bargaining Conference
  • the make up and roles of the Bargaining Team
  • general information on the bargaining process
  • proposal forms
  • a sample poster for advertising meetings
  • some guidelines on writing proposals
  • a check list
  • documents to nominate delegates to the Bargaining Conference

If you are a Local President and you have not received this email (it was sent to your Local email address), please contact the UNW immediately!

Locals’ participation in bargaining must be coordinated with Regional Vice Presidents.  
All proposals must be submitted through the Local and cannot be sent directly to UNW HQ.
Each Local is allowed 2 delegates to the bargaining conference.  The conference is tentatively scheduled for June.  Dates will be announced.

The deadline for locals to submit bargaining proposals to the UNW is April 24, 2015.

Questions?  Contact your RVP, or email Roxanna Baisi, Director of Membership Services