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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hear this I can’t help but think that the year is irrelevant in justifying the removal of systemic barriers within our outdated form of social governance – especially when humanity struggles to meet…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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Labour Views column for September 28, 2016: Some Myths About Unions

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Written by Alexander Lambrecht, President of the Northern Territories Federation of Labour Some Myths About Unions In a little over 200 years (I know, what took so long… Oh Opposition!), workers’ of the labour movement have gained legal recognition of many of the workers’ rights that weren’t always there:  the right to form unions for the promotion and defense of their interests without interference by employer or government; the freedom of association and freedom of…

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Labour Views for September 14, 2016 | Change Starts Here.

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Labour Views for September 14, 2016 Change Starts Here. Written by: Alexander Lambrecht, President Northern Territories Federation of Labour Organized labour and the United Way share a common goal – to strengthen our communities. The Canadian Labour movement has had a formal relationship with United Way Canada for over 25 years. Fourteen years ago the Northern Territories Federation of Labour, together with its affiliates, helped to found United Way Yellowknife, now known as United Way…

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Labour Views for August 31, 2016 | We Stand for Fairness

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Labour Views for August 31, 2016 We Stand for Fairness Written by: Alexander Lambrecht, President Northern Territories Federation of Labour This Labour Day, union members and allies all across Canada will stand together to show that “We Stand for Fairness”!  When workers stand up for fairness, they get results. Together, working people have won decent wages, pensions, and work hours, fair treatment, health benefits, job security, training, maternity leave, paid vacations, and safer workplaces. But…

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Labour Views for August 3, 2016: Pride North of Sixty

By | Labour Views, LGBTQ+, PSAC North, UNW

Labour Views for August 3, 2016 Pride North of Sixty Written by: Alexander Lambrecht, President Northern Territories Federation of Labour Across the globe Pride events are held at different times throughout the year.  In Canada, the summer months bring Out a variety of Pride activities from coast to coast to coast. Just over five years ago, NWT Pride held its first festival in Yellowknife, and continues to grow as the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, fairness…

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Labour Views July 20, 2016: Canada’s ignored labour force: challenges and opportunities

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LABOUR VIEWS: July 20, 2016 Canada’s ignored labour force: challenges and opportunities Written by: Jack Bourassa, REVP PSAC North We would never move. Maybe inland, but never too far, Judy says, with a firm certainty in her smile. I’m learning from my Inuvialuit friend about environmental issues in Tuktoyaktuk in preparation for the Climate Change Townhall recently held by the federal government in Yellowknife. Tuktoyaktuk’s shores are eroding and ice freezes later than it used to, shortening…

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