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Making Yellowknife Great Again: “Social Capital” and how we see the role of the union

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LABOUR VIEWS: July 6, 2016 Written by: Todd Parsons, President of the Union of Northern Workers As I write this column, we are on the cusp of another July 1 and July 4 when we take the time in North America to celebrate Canada Day and Independence Day. At this point in our history we are bombarded on both sides of the border with one peculiar presidential campaign message of “Make America Great Again.” The title…

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Postal Banking and the future of Canada Post – From anywhere… to everyone.

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LABOUR VIEWS: June 22, 2016 Postal Banking and the future of Canada Post – From anywhere… to everyone. Written by: Alexander Lambrecht, President Northern Territories Federation of Labour  In 1981 the Canada Post Act came into effect demolishing the Post Office Department of Canada. Since then Canada Post has evolved and modernized its operations, however, over the last few years many tactics have been employed by Canada Post to reduce expenses, increase revenue and eliminate…

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The Free Market; Nothing is Ever Free (A Societal Self-Reflection)

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LABOUR VIEWS: May 18, 2016 Written by: Alexander Lambrecht, President – Northern Territories Federation of Labour  Most people know of the game Monopoly – you know the one where you try to capture all of the open spaces on the board, building up property to increase your tax revenue and inevitably creating a monopoly to win the game. It’s no surprise that the objective of the game isn’t all that different from the objectives of…

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May Day 2016

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May Day began over two hundred years ago during the industrial revolution, a weeks work was six days, each lasting 10-16 hours. This was the beginning of a monumental change, a revolution of great importance and historical significance – “Eight hours’ labour, Eight hours’ recreation, Eight hours’ rest” is the slogan that brought unity to the labour movement during a time when workers’ rights, health and safety were non-existent and disregarded by Governments and Employers….

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Labour Views – Keep health care public

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By Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President, PSAC North Privatizing long-term care in the Northwest Territories will drastically reduce the quality of care for our seniors and increase the cost for taxpayers. With the territory’s senior population quickly blossoming – the GNWT predicts that by the year 2034, 11.6 per cent of the NWT’s population will be aged 70 years or older – the government is frantically searching for space in long-term care homes. But…

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Labour Views – March 9, 2016

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What is a Federation of Labour? It is an organization or group, and Labour is the body of persons engaged in such activity, especially those working for wages. Combined together they equal a Federation of Labour – a uniting of workers’ working together to advocate for positive social change. Just as workers unite in a union to fight for and protect their rights, so also do Unions in uniting under a Federation of Labour. However,…

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Free Trade? More like economy in freefall. (Labour Views – Feb 24, 2016)

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By Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President for PSAC North For most of us Northerners, Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) don’t mean much. We’re busy worrying about the price of food, the health of our loved ones and our land, the security of our jobs (or lack thereof), and at best keeping up with local politics. And when FTAs are negotiated in secrecy, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), it makes it virtually impossible to understand…

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Vote to Stop the Cuts

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Labour Views – October 14, 2015 Written by Todd Parsons, President, Union of Northern Workers Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. But sadly, far too few people vote. For the past 30 years in Canada, voters have been disproportionately people of higher income, older or more right wing in their interests.  Almost half of Canadians failed to vote in the last federal election. Poor voter turn-out has coincided with widening gaps in wealth, reduced employment…

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Safe retirement, good jobs key election issues

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Labour Views – September 16, 2015 Written by Jack Bourassa, PSAC Regional Executive Vice President, North (REVP North) Life just doesn’t seem as simple as it used to be. There was a time when you could find a good, solid job, work hard your whole life and rest easy at night knowing there was a reasonable pension waiting for you at the end of your decades of toil. But that was then, this is now….

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Northern Territories Federation of Labour pushing for child care in federal election

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Labour Views – September 2, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom, Acting President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour As the northern affiliate of the Canadian Labour Congress, the Northern Territories Federation of Labour is part of the national federal election advocacy campaign Better Choice. Better Choice focuses on four critical issues for action by the next government:  good jobs, retirement security, support for health care and affordable child care. Our shaky economic recovery has left 2.8…

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