Your elected bargaining team:
Melvin Larocque (Hay River), Josee Thibault (Yellowknife), Michael Arbuckle (Yellowknife), Rashmi Patel (Fort Smith), Dawna O'Brien (Hay River), Marie Buchanan (Yellowknife)
Todd Parsons (UNW President), Gail Lem (PSAC Negotiator)
February 2018 - STRIKE VOTE INFORMATION -THE VOICE OF THE MEMBERS
Strike/Job Action - General Information - we are not yet in a strike position. But we know you have questions. Here is some general information.
Members who live in small communities where no meeting is scheduled will be mailed information about voting. Packages were mailed February 12th.
MAKE SURE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION IS UP TO DATE! Contact UNW HQ to check your mailing address, contact numbers, and email address
OUT OF TOWN during your community's scheduled strike vote meetings? YES you can still vote! Contact UNW HQ or your RVP for more information on how you can still cast your ballot.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION - join the UNW Facebook group to talk about the issues and get updates. This is a closed group for signed UNW members to come together to talk about union matters, without the prying eyes of employers, press, and "trolls". Of course nothing on the internet is truly confidential or private, so we are careful nonetheless.
Please continue to watch the website for updates.
January 31, 2018
See our COMMUNIQUE TO MEMBERS for an update.
January 30, 2018
Your bargaining team returned to the table on January 30, 2018 with the employer.
Here is the GNWTs counter proposal (to our Sept proposal) GNWT Proposal presented today.
October 6, 2017
Are MLAs' salaries relevant to UNW collective bargaining? YES!
Read our open letter to the MLAs, which is in the Oct. 6 Yellowknifer and Oct. 9 News North, as a full page ad.
Also, check out CBC's analysis story, which includes what the MLAs are paid, and a comment from the UNW President.
September 27, 2017
See our COMMUNIQUE TO MEMBERS for an update on Sept 2017 bargaining.
September 12-13, 2017
Your bargaining team returned to the negotiating table on September 12th.
Here is the proposal document from the GNWT, followed by the counter-proposal from the UNW team. Both documents were presented as "packages".
UNW Sept 12 counter-proposal (with date typo corrected)
On the second afternoon of bargaining, the GNWT countered with the following document:
Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the UNW was unable to present our counter-proposal to the GNWT. This will be happening within the next few days, and then our counter-proposal will be posted. Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience!
And here it is!
After reviewing our counter proposal, the Union and the Employer have agreed to return to the table during the week of January 29, 2018.
Read our COMMUNIQUE TO MEMBERS
September 7, 2017
Information documents that may be of interest to members:
CPI comparison spreadsheet - increases in cost of living compared to collective agreement increases
Other Recent CA Increases - a list of other bargaining unit increases in a similar timeframe.
Just a reminder, we return to the bargaining table on September 12-13, 2017 in Yellowknife.
August 21, 2017
President Todd Parsons recently wrote a Labour Views column in the August 16 issue of Yellowknifer about how the Collective Bargaining process works.
Please click here to read the column
August 15, 2017
The Union of Northern Workers and the Government of the Northwest Territories will be resuming collective agreement negotiations on September 12 and 13, 2017.
August 3, 2017
GNWT & NTPC Bargaining Update Meetings
The UNW will be having joint GNWT & NTPC bargaining update meetings over the next month in the following communities:
Yellowknife Tues. August 29 - noon - UNW North Star Building, Training Rooms 2 & 3
Tues. August 29 - 5:30 p.m. - UNW North Star Building, Training Rooms 2 & 3
Wed. August 30 - noon - UNW North Star Building, Training Rooms 2 & 3
Fort Simpson Thurs. August 31 - 5:30 p.m. - Nahanni Inn - Meeting room
FORT SIMPSON POSTER
Fort Smith Wed. September 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Pelican Rapids Inn - Meeting room
FORT SMITH POSTER
July 7, 2017
GNWT & NTPC Bargaining – member update meetings
The UNW will be having joint GNWT & NTPC bargaining member update meetings in various communities in the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on the Events Calendar for dates, times & locations!
See the attached poster for more details on the Yellowknife meetings in July
Yellowknife Wed. July 12 – noon - UNW North Star Building, Training Room 2
Wed, July 12 – 5:30 pm – UNW North Star Building, Training Room 2
Thu, July 13 – noon - UNW North Star Building, Training Room 2
Behcho K’o Mon. July 17 at noon - Nishi Khon Bldg, Tli Cho Community Serv, Large Boardroom
Hay River Mon. July 24 at 7pm - Legion
Norman Wells Mon. August 14, Heritage Hotel meeting room at 7 p.m.
Inuvik Tue. August 15, Mackenzie Hotel Meeting Room (main floor) at 7 p.m.
Information on Understanding the Northern Allowance
Here is a document we hope will help answer some of the basic questions about the Northern Allowance.
Please see Understanding the Northern Allowance.
June 30, 2017
Please see the attached message to members from the UNW Bargaining Team.
Continue to stay tuned for update membership meetings to be held in various communities in the coming weeks.
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.
In response to the GNWT Finance Minister's budget address, please see UNW information below:
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.
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!
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. http://www.hr.gov.nt.ca/sites/default/files/gnwt_follow_up_proposal_september_28.pdf
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:
The following is a comprehensive counter proposal package that your Bargaining Team provided to the Employer on May 11th:
The Employer's two counter proposals, from May 10th and May 12th, are linked on their website, and copies are here:
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.
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: http://www.hr.gov.nt.ca/bargaining/follow-proposals
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:
On January 27th, the UNW presented our position in response to the GNWT's proposal regarding Mental Health. The UNW proposal is attached here:
The UNW's Counter Proposal MOU from January 28th on e-Performance is attached here:
To read the GNWT's full counter proposals, click the link below to be redirected to their website documents:
January 15, 2016
January 2016--Bargaining Commences
February 16, 2015—Bargaining Input Call for GNWT Locals
- 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