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Labour Views May 10, 2017 | Defined vs Target: Bill C-27

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Labour Views May 10, 2017 Written by Alexander Lambrecht, President Northern Territories Federation of Labour Defined vs Target: Bill C-27 Whether you’re currently retired and receiving payments from the pension that you paid into over your working life, or you are currently paying into a pension, Bill C-27 introduced and read for the first time by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on October 19, 2016 needs your attention – all current and future pensioners. What is…

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Labour Views March 29, 2017 | Mental Health Crisis in the North

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Labour Views March 29, 2017 Written by Alexander Lambrecht, President Northern Territories Federation of Labour Mental Health Crisis in the North Have you ever stopped to think about why you’re thinking about what you’re thinking? What is life, awareness, consciousness, mindfulness, thoughts, feelings? Many of us don’t take time to reflect on our mind or think about our thoughts. Regardless of the quantity of your thoughts, the quality is what shapes your perspective on your…

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Labour Views March 15, 2017 | Canadian families need universal child care

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Labour Views March 15, 2017 By Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President, PSAC North Canadian families need universal child care Canadian families need to have access to a universal, affordable child care system that helps everyone equally. The hodgepodge system of child care we have in Canada now, with every province and territory taking their own approach, is hurting families and failing to support Indigenous Peoples. The federal government needs to go back to the…

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Labour Views March 1, 2017 | UNW opposes GNWT budget

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Labour Views March 1, 2017 Submitted by: Todd Parsons Union of Northern Workers, President UNW opposes GNWT budget  With less than three weeks to go, the Union of Northern Workers remains resolute that the proposed 2017-18 GNWT budget is a bad one for workers. In recent weeks our members have been taking part in rallies in Fort Smith, at the Legislative Assembly, and in front of the Yellowknife Fire Hall.  We have been trying to…

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Labour Views February 15, 2017 | Quality or Quantity? – Finding a Balance

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Labour Views February 15, 2017 Written by Alexander Lambrecht, President Northern Territories Federation of Labour Quality or Quantity? – Finding a Balance We place education at the top of our societal values and expect nothing less than the highest quality education for our children –  then why aren’t we providing the resources that are needed both intrinsically and extrinsically for students and teachers? If a doctor saved your child’s life, most parents would be forever…

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Labour Views – February 1, 2017: FUTURE WORKERS’ PLIGHT

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Labour Views – February 1, 2017 Written by: Alexander Lambrecht, President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour FUTURE WORKERS’ PLIGHT We’re living at a time where the production of goods is fast-approaching the golden “zero-marginal cost” (aka Free Goods and Services). However, rather than allowing this level of technology to benefit society, industries are working to prevent the global collaborative commons from eclipsing capitalism – typical greed over humanity. Technology and automation will inevitably replace many…

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Labour Views – November 23, 2016: Make Canada Democratic Again

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By Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President for the North (as published in the Yellowknifer, November 23, 2016) Trumpocalypse, #RIPUSA, and many other striking hashtags were trending on social media on November 8th 2016. Bewilderment rippled worldwide. Aside from the myriad of socio-economic issues that led to Trump’s election, one evident cause stood out. Hillary Clinton got 47.7% of the vote. Donald Trump got 47.5% of the vote. Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidency due to…

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Labour Views – November 9, 2016: Humanities Collective Objectives – Because it’s almost 2017

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Labour Views – November 9, 2016 Written by: Alexander Lambrecht, President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour Humanities Collective Objectives – Because it’s almost 2017 It’s almost the end of 2016, and soon we’ll be hearing “Because, it’s 2017”, yet every time I hear this I can’t help but think that the year is irrelevant in justifying the removal of systemic barriers within our outdated form of social governance – especially when humanity struggles to meet…

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Labour Views column for October 26, 2016, 2016: Show me the money!

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Submitted by: Todd Parsons President, Union of Northern Workers It would be fair to say the sentiment at the Union of Northern Workers these days is one of disappointment and bafflement. It is not news that right now we are consulting with our membership after going through four sessions of negotiations for a new collective agreement with the GNWT. Aside from some of the anti-bullying language we successfully achieved earlier this year, the employer has…

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Labour Views column for October 12, 2016: People over roads: ending the corporate welfare

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People over roads: ending the corporate welfare Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice-President, PSAC North  Here’s a $150 million-dollar question: if you knew your single-mom neighbour lives with her children in unsuitable housing, surviving off food banks, would you help out? Or would you give a hand to a businessperson with a vague intention to set up shop down the street, by helping them pave the road instead? Sadly, this is not a hypothetical question. It’s…

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