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Harper is bleeding Canada dry

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Labour Views – August 19th, 2015 Written by Jack Bourassa, PSAC Regional Executive Vice President, North (REVP North) Canada is slowly bleeding to death from a thousand cuts to public services. The Harper Conservative’s ideal vision of the country is devoid of the important programs we rely on, owned by foreign companies and unable to take care of its own citizens. Canada would merely be a husk of our once beautiful nation. With Harper at…

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Trans-Gender Protection Axed by Tories

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Labour Views – August 5, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom, Acting President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour The clamour that followed the passage of anti-labour Bill C-377 by the Senate just before it rose on June 30 all but drowned out another negative move.  The Senate permitted Bill C-279, on transgender rights, to die on the order paper. NDP MP Randall Garrison’s private member’s bill would have added gender identity provisions to both the Criminal…

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Strikes Benefit Us All

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Labour Views – July 22, 2015 Written by Jack Bourassa, PSAC Regional Executive Vice President, North (REVP North) What’s important to remember when it comes to labour disputes is that when any union supports its members and stands up for their rights, their actions benefit all workers in every profession. It helps to create an environment where standing up for decent working conditions is easier to do. It gets other people thinking that they should…

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Time to Expand the CPP

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Labour Views – July 8, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom, Acting President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour Eleven million working Canadians — the vast majority of workers — have no workplace pension plan, or any prospect of having one. And a majority of Canadians agree that Canada Pension Plan contributions should rise so that benefits can be increased. A new poll says over 75 per cent of Canadians — 80 per cent in the most…

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National Aborignal Day

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Labour views – June 23, 2015 Written by Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President, PSAC North Canadians from every walk of life came together to commemorate National Aboriginal Day this week, an important celebration that embraces the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across the country. It was also a crucial time to highlight the healing that must still take place from Canada’s residential school system, and…

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National Day of Mourning

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Labour Views April  22, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom , Acting  President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour As we approach the April 28 National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace, it’s important to remember again why unions are so important. Unions save lives. Fewer people are dying today in their workplaces because of those men and women who fought, and struggled, protested, and picketed — and yes, who were injured…

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Tackling mental health in the workplace

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Labour Views Column for April 8, 2015 By Jack Bourassa,  REVP PSAC North Canadian workers struggling with depression and mental health issues are one step closer to help, thanks to a landmark deal between one of Canada’s largest unions and the Conservative government. The agreement – which seeks to tackle the underlying issues making public servants sick and increasing mental health claims – is one bright spot in a long and grueling round of negotiations…

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The Constitutional Right to Strike

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Labour Views March 25 Written by Gayla Thunstrom, Acting President Northern Territories Federation of Labour On January 30, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the right to strike is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. All Canadians should celebrate this courageous decision.   It recognizes the fact that there is a fundamental power imbalance in the workplace that favours employers over employees.  Confirming the right to strike confirms balance and promotes equality…

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Why you should not cross a picket line

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Labour Views March 11, 2015 Written by Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President, PSAC North It’s been a tumultuous year for unionized workers in the Northwest Territories, with more than 30 workers still on the picket line in Hay River, and the memory of the Fort Smith strike still fresh on everyone’s mind. Employers are taking a hard line in negotiations, leaving many workers with no choice but to strike to bring about change. That’s…

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International Women’s Day—Struggles Won, Struggles Continue

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Labour Views for February 25, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom, Acting President Northern Territories Federation of Labour History teaches us the importance of remembering and celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 every year. The day has its roots in the early 20th century, when labour movements first began to advocate for equal rights, such as pay, for women as they began to join the work force in greater numbers. Throughout the 20th century in…

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