Labour Views for October 1, 2014

Submitted by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President

Organized labour and the United Way share a common goal – to strengthen our communities. The Canadian Labour movement has had a formal relationship with United Way Canada for 25 years. Twelve years ago the Northern Territories Federation of Labour, together with its affiliates, helped to found United Way Yellowknife, now known as United Way NWT.

The federal and territorial governments have payroll deduction programs in place to make giving easier for workers. We strongly encourage our members to sign up. Let’s make a bigger pie so that United Way NWT can continue to improve lives and build our communities.

In the last year alone, United Way NWT has invested over $51,500 in 16 different projects in the NWT, most of them with a territory-wide reach.

Here are two examples:

Foster Families Coalition of the NWT (FFC-NWT) – a grant from United Way NWT has helped to buy two new propane stoves for the Camp Connections kitchen, located 63 km northeast of Yellowknife on the Ingraham Trail. Camp Connections is a place for at risk youth in the north to ‘just be kids’. More than a hundred children from across the NWT, ages 7 to 18, attend camp sessions that provide an experience of a lifetime for participants, and a chance to leave their troubles behind.

Food Rescue – a grant from United Way NWT has helped to cover a portion of the Food Rescue driver’s salary. Since 2008, Food Rescue has been providing healthy reclaimed food to social organizations that assist people in need, such as the Centre for Northern Families and the Salvation Army. In the last year, Food Rescue redistributed 174,000 kilograms of food, a 35% increase from the previous year.

United Way NWT has money to spend on projects like these because of donors like you. Payroll deductions spread giving into affordable amounts deducted from every pay cheque. The end result is a satisfying feeling of helping to build our communities as well as a tax credit. This year, United Way NWT plans to allocate $65,000 in funding.

If your workplace doesn’t have a payroll deduction plan, call United Way NWT to find out how to set one up (867-669-7986), or schedule a monthly donation through

The Northern Territories Federation of Labour, together with its affiliates, continues to support United Way NWT because we care about our communities and we know that Change starts here.