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National Aborignal Day

By | Labour Views

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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The Harper Casebook

By | General News

As we approach the fall federal election, the NTFL encourages everyone to take the time to read this publication by the National Union of Public and General Employees. This publication gives quick review of the kind of government Stephen Harper has given Canadians during his three terms as prime minister of Canada. A PDF downloadThe Harper Casebook – We’re No Dummies NUGPE Website: http://nupge.ca/publications/harper-casebook               ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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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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June 1st – Injured Workers Day

By | General News

If injured workers are barred from suing their employers for injury, they should not receive half measures. On Injured Workers Day, June 1, injured workers, as well as unions and other organizations, will remind all governments that justice – not poverty – was the primary reason the compensation system was set up in 1914. Workers gave up their right to sue employers for workplace injury and illness compensation in exchange for a system that was…

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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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CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF NORTHERN SOLIDARITY

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Labour Views May 20, 2015 Written by Alex Lambrecht, Treasurer Northern Territories Federation of Labour 35 years ago, On May 17, 1980, 54 delegates attended the founding convention of the Northwest Territories Federation of Labour, chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress.  The delegates represented 26 Locals with a total membership of 3,230.  They adopted a Constitution, elected an executive, and dealt with 23 resolutions. The first elected President of the Federation was Phil Malloy of the United…

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The Importance of Workplace Safety

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NAOSH Week The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is a continent wide event spanning Canada, the USA and Mexico.  NAOSH Week was created to highlight to the public, government, and industry the importance of reducing injuries and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community. The goal of the North American Occupational Safety & Health (NAOSH) Week is to focus the attention of employers, employees, the general public and all…

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NUNAVUT FOOD SECURITY COALITION PARTICIPATES IN EVERY PLATE FULL

By | General News

From May 2 to 8, 2015, food banks across Canada will come together to raise food and funds at the local level, stocking the shelves for the summer months as part of Food Bank Canada’s Every Plate Full fundraising campaign. In support of this campaign, the Nunavut Food Security Coalition has prepared a resource called Nunavut Community-Based Food Programs to help simplify building relationships between donors and recipients. More information can be found on the  Nunavut…

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