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Labour Day

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LABOUR DAY GREETINGS!   Introduction   I want to wish a very Happy Labour Day to all workers, without whom not one penny of profit would be made; nor would any public services be delivered!! As we celebrate Labour Day together, I encourage you to take a moment and think about...
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Make a Difference This Election

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Labour Views – November 11, 2015 Written by Todd Parsons, President, Union of Northern Workers NWT voters go to the polls November 23 to elect new members of the Legislative Assembly.  It’s the opportunity for workers and the users of public services to take a stand in support of GNWT employers and the services they provide. For the past year, the NWT Finance Minister has preached a steady sermon of financial bad news, arguing that…

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What Northerners can expect from a Trudeau government

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Labour Views – October 28, 2015 Written by Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President North for the PSAC The Big Red Machine has swept through the North, riding a wave of support from Canadians seeking to oust Stephen Harper’s 10 years in power. Liberal nominees from all three territories clung on tight for the ride, unseating incumbents in each of the territories. And voters from across the North came out in record numbers to voice…

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Upcoming Forums and Debates in Yellowknife

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As election time draws ever nearer, Yellowknife will be playing host to a variety of candidate forums and debates. Check out these events prior to the October 19th Municipal and Federal elections: Wednesday October 7  – Beginning at 7 PM at Northern United Place, Alternatives North will be hosting a forum for all candidates running in the October 19 Federal General Election.The public is invited to attend. Candidates will answer questions posed by social justice groups…

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Health and Child Care – Top Priorities

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Labour Views – September 30, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom, Acting President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour When pollsters ask what issues Canadians care most about, two issues consistently rank at the top of the pile.  Canadians in general care most about the preservation of a strong, publicly-funded health care system.  And parents are most concerned about affordable child care. That’s why the Canadian Labour Congress has made public health care and affordable child care…

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Labour Day Event – Monday Sept 7

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Come and join the NTFL for our annual Labour Day event! Monday September 7th from 12pm until 2pm at the Yellowknife Stanton Plaza Parking Lot. It’s open to the public, there will be free chilli, bannock and cupcakes, as well as a bouncy castle for the children. Bring your family, neighbours and friends!                          

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Minimum Wages Aren’t Living Wages

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Labour Views June 3rd, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom, Acting President Northern Territories Federation of Labour On June 1, the minimum wage in the Northwest Territories rose from $10 an hour to $12.50.  The increase in minimum wage came about following a recommendation from an advisory committee including business, labour and social justice representatives. With the new $12.50 wage, a single person working 40 hours per week earns just $26,000 per year.  By any standard…

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Supporting Local 6

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The NTFL is proud to support the workers of Local 6 in Hay River.  The local is planning a BBQ for the community to thank them for their support and support other Hay River organizations that have stood beside them while out on strike.              

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WORKERS, TOWN OF HAY RIVER AGREE TO RESUME TALKS TODAY

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Plan to set aside differences, reach deal for members to return to work Bargaining teams representing Town of Hay River workers and their employer will resume negotiations in an effort to find common ground and put an end to the labour dispute. Both parties will resume talks Monday May 25. “This strike has taken a heavy toll on the community,” says Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President for the Public Service Alliance of Canada North….

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Fracking Petition

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May 27 is the deadline for signing the petition calling for a moratorium on fracking until a regional study with public consultations is completed. The petition urges the Government of the Northwest Territories to put a moratorium on fracking until “a comprehensive, transparent and public review of environmental, social and economic risks and benefits…is completed” and “the NWT public clearly indicates whether the risks and benefits are acceptable or not. “  It also calls upon the…

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