Labour’s Year: Past and Future

By Labour Views

Labour Views January 14, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom ,  NWT Vice President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour First Vice President, Union of Northern Workers Labour was under attack nationally and territorially in 2014 and faces major challenges in the year ahead. The Federal Government waged a fierce attack on workers’ rights to organize and govern their unions. The Conservatives passed their omnibus Bill C-4, which stripped away basic health and safety regulations for workers….

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The Night Before Christmas 2014

By Labour Views

Labour Views column for December 24, 2014 Written by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the North, Every worker is wondering, “just what am I worth?” The gas caps are hung by the pumps with much luck, That Santa brings fuel for the car and the truck. Another long year has slowly crept by, And the Conservative government still makes us cry….

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Have Your Say on the NWT-BC Transboundary Water Agreement

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The NWT Chapter of Council of Canadians has been advocating for the protection of our waters.  Please take the time to read their message below and contact the GWNT with your comments. The long awaited transboundary water agreements are beginning to move quickly. The NWT-BC Agreement is nearing completion; the NWT-Alberta Agreement will be made public early in the new year.  Agreements with Saskatchewan and Yukon will follow thereafter. The NWT-BC agreement is a template…

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A Global Celebration!

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Labour Views column for December 10, 2014 Submitted by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour The United Nations General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. The Declaration forms a basis for human rights all over the world.  It represents a significant change of direction from the events of World War II and the continuing colonialism that prevailed at that time.  Today, the…

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December 6th – A Vigil of Remembrance

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Labour Views column for November 25, 2014 Written by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour On December 6, 1989, a man entered the School of Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique, University of Montreal. He separated the women from the men.  He then systematically murdered these 14 young women: Genevieve Bergeron, age 21, Helene Colgan, age 23, Nathalie Croteau, age 23, Barbara Daigneault, age 22,  Anne-Marie Edward, age 21, Maud Haviernick, age…

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A Rose by any other name …

By Labour Views

Labour Views for November 12, 2014 Submitted by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President As far back as 1970, the Royal Commission on the Status of Women called for a national day care program. Its main goal was to realize equality for women. The debate and discussion on the need for a national program have produced additional goals; thereby shifting the language. By the 1980’s and 90’s, day care became child care; then early learning and care,…

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Privatization of Stanton Hospital Facilities Management Services

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Labour Views for October 29, 2014 Submitted by Todd Parsons, Union of Northern Workers President On September 30, a Senior GNWT Labour Relations Officer advised the Union of Northern Workers that Facilities Maintenance Workers at Stanton Territorial Hospital will face lay off.  The Stanton Territorial Health Authority plans to replace these workers with contracted-out services. The lay-offs could come as early as June 2015. At the Hospital Authority’s Annual General Meeting October 7 union members…

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HANDS OFF OUR PENSIONS

By Labour Views

Labour Views for October 15, 2014 Submitted by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President If you are a member of the Northern Employee Benefits Services (NEBS) Pension Plan or an employee of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), BEWARE! The GNWT is proposing legislation in Bill 12 that can take away some of the money you were promised for your retirement. Bill 12 breaks the pension promise made to workers at the time of hiring.  Every…

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Stop the Privatization of Stanton Hospital (STHA) Facilities Department

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The following is posted on behalf of UNW Local 11: On Tuesday September 30th Todd Parsons, UNW President, received notice from GNWT Labour Relations that Stanton Territorial Health Authority plans to privatize our Facilities Department as soon as July 2015. On Thursday October 2nd the GNWT Messenger service confirmed this announcing three bidders for the Stanton renewal project. We must stand together to counter this privatization move and protect our public servants from these layoffs….

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Global Frackdown – October 11, 2014 Yellowknife

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NWT citizens are joining the worldwide Global Frackdown event Saturday, October 11th to highlight concerns with the dangers of fracking for our waters and climate. People will gather in Somba K’e Park at noon Saturday and march to Northern United Place to participate in an information session on the dangers of fracking.  The documentary “Showdown”, which focuses on the anti-fracking protests in New Brunswick, will be screened. Participation in the worldwide event is being organized…

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