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Happy May Day! – International Labour Day

By | General News

Today is May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day. It is a celebration of the international labour movement and is a national holiday in more than 80 countries worldwide. In many other countries, like ours, it is celebrated by workers but not recognized by governments. May Day’s roots go back 120 years. It began as a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket riots, where police shot and killed many public demonstrators who were supporting a…

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Election 2015: Time for better choices

By | Uncategorized

The Canadian Labour Congress has launched a new campaign to promote dialogue and better choices around 4 key issues in the upcoming Federal Election.  Here’s a quick overview.  To learn more about this critical issues please visit   www.betterchoice.ca Retirement Security –  With the number or Seniors living in poverty constantly increasing and an increasing number of workers set to retire, it is time to expand CPP.  No one should have to retire in Poverty….

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National Day of Mourning

By | Labour Views

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

By | Labour Views

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

By | Labour Views

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

By | Labour Views

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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Request for Participation in Important Disability Services Survey

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The Survey The NWT Disabilities Council is currently running a project to update basic information on disability and related services in the Northwest Territories. The reason for the creation of this project was to revisit the NWT Action Plan for Persons With Disabilities, published in 2008. As a part of this project, we have developed three surveys: one for people living with a disability, another for parents and caregivers of people living with a disability,…

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International Women’s Day—Struggles Won, Struggles Continue

By | Labour Views

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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