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Minimum Wage Fails

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Labour Views column for July 23, 2014 Written by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour The minimum wage is one of the basic labour standards.  It identifies the lowest wage rate that an employer can pay their workers.  Today, one of its main functions is to protect workers in non-unionized workplaces, but it also influences the level of compensation for all workers. Minimum wage laws were first introduced in 1918…

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Temporary Foreign Worker Changes – Smoke and Mirrors

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Labour Views column for July 9, 2014 Written by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour On June 20th, Minister Jason Kenney announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).  While on the surface, these changes may appear to be positive for workers, one needs to look at the history of why this program and the so-called changes are really nothing more than “smoke and mirrors”. From 2006 (when the…

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Public Service Week

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Labour Views column for June 25, 2014 Written by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour Last Thursday, the Public Service Alliance of Canada hosted a barbeque in front of its offices in downtown Yellowknife. On behalf of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour, I was proud to join them in highlighting the federal government’s dismal record on protecting public services. Cuts. The ongoing mantra of the Harper Conservative Government has…

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Labour in the North

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Labour Views for News North June 16, 2014 Submitted by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President The last two weeks have seen some exciting times for the Labour movement in the North. On June 3, the Northern Territories Federation of Labour (NTFL) hosted a Political Activism Workshop in partnership with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Over 60 participants discussed valuable ways to engage in electoral politics. Whether it be to run as a candidate in an election,…

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Welcome to Our New Executive

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NTFL’s 19th Convention took place June 4th, 2014 .  Please help us welcome our newly elected executive. Back Row: Dudley Johnson, Gayla Thunsrtom, Appitak Enuaraq, Maureen Doherty, Crystal Walsh, Sheila Laity Front Row:  Bruce Gudeit, Mary Lou Cherwaty, Sam Inaksajak, Hanna Wolff, Chris Parsons Missing:  Alex Lambrecht President Mary Lou Cherwaty Vice-President, NWT Gayla Thunstrom Vice-President, Nunavut Appitak Enuaraq Vice-President, Youth Chris Parsons Treasurer Alex Lambrecht Secretary Sheila Laity RVP Dehcho/South Slave Bruce Gudeit RVP Tłįchǫ/Somba…

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Missing and Murdered Vulnerable Women and The Canadian Justice System

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The Native Women’s Association of the Northwest Territories invites the public to a presentation of Dr. Maryanne Pearce’s latest research and database of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Maryanne Pearce is a woman of Aboriginal and European descent.  She is a mother and public servant. Her undergraduate and Master’s degrees were in anthropology and women’s studies. Where: Native Women’s Assoc. Board Room (above Post Office) When: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 Time: 1:00 pm…

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“Celebrate and Protect Workers” Happy May Day!

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Labour Views for April 30, 2014   Submitted by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President   Happy May Day! Tomorrow 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 the labour community but not recognized by governments. It began as a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket riots,…

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Labour Views – “30 Years Later, We Still Mourn”

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Labour Views column for April 16, 2014 Written by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour “30 Years Later, We Still Mourn” April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.  The National Day of Mourning was first declared in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).  The date, April 28 was picked because it was this day in 1914 that the Workers’ Compensation…

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NTFL 19th Convention

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The Northern Territories Federation of Labour ‘s 19th Convention will take  place June 4th 2014 in Yellowknife at the Explorer Hotel.   Election of Officers for the next 3 years will take place at this time.  Anyone interested in running for a position is encouraged to contact current president Mary Lou Cherwaty.  She can be reached by email at president@ntfl.yk.com or toll free at 1-888-873-1956.

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