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Labour Day – Celebrating Workers

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Labour Views for August 20, 2014 Submitted by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President This Labour Day, union members and allies all across Canada will gather to show that “Together Fairness Works”!  When workers stand up for fairness, they get results. Together, working people have won decent wages, pensions, work hours, fair treatment, health benefits, job security, training, maternity leave, paid vacations, and safer workplaces.  But unions didn’t stop there. What they gained for their members, they…

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Pride North of Sixty

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Labour Views for August 6, 2014 Submitted by Mary Lou Cherwaty, President 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 two years ago, the Public Service Alliance of Canada North formed a Pride Committee in the NWT, and received their charter to be active in the territory. While comprised specifically…

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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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“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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