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Canada’s Labour Leaders Urge Premiers to Collaborate on a National Universal Pharmacare Plan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2018 Canada’s Labour Leaders Urge Premiers to Collaborate on a National Universal Pharmacare Plan National, Provincial and Territorial Labour Leaders encourage Canada’s Premiers to unite behind a universal, single-payer, public prescription drug coverage program. In addition to giving every Canadian access to life-saving prescriptions, a universal Pharmacare plan will free up money for much needed investment in healthcare. (Saint Andrews, N.B.) During the Council of the Federation meeting in Saint…

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Workers Experiencing Domestic Violence

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We often ask ourselves, “Why would someone stay in an abusive relationship?” It’s hard to leave if you don’t have an income. Keeping your job can make the difference between escaping from, or remaining trapped in, a violent relationship. The term family violence includes neglect, along with physical, sexual, emotional/verbal and financial abuse. Domestic violence almost always makes its way into the workplace in some shape or form. It’s almost impossible to not let your personal…

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Labour Day

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LABOUR DAY GREETINGS!   Introduction   I want to wish a very Happy Labour Day to all workers, without whom not one penny of profit would be made; nor would any public services be delivered!! As we celebrate Labour Day together, I encourage you to take a moment and think about...
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Make a Difference This Election

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Labour Views – November 11, 2015 Written by Todd Parsons, President, Union of Northern Workers NWT voters go to the polls November 23 to elect new members of the Legislative Assembly.  It’s the opportunity for workers and the users of public services to take a stand in support of GNWT employers and the services they provide. For the past year, the NWT Finance Minister has preached a steady sermon of financial bad news, arguing that…

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What Northerners can expect from a Trudeau government

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Labour Views – October 28, 2015 Written by Jack Bourassa, Regional Executive Vice President North for the PSAC The Big Red Machine has swept through the North, riding a wave of support from Canadians seeking to oust Stephen Harper’s 10 years in power. Liberal nominees from all three territories clung on tight for the ride, unseating incumbents in each of the territories. And voters from across the North came out in record numbers to voice…

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Upcoming Forums and Debates in Yellowknife

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As election time draws ever nearer, Yellowknife will be playing host to a variety of candidate forums and debates. Check out these events prior to the October 19th Municipal and Federal elections: Wednesday October 7  – Beginning at 7 PM at Northern United Place, Alternatives North will be hosting a forum for all candidates running in the October 19 Federal General Election.The public is invited to attend. Candidates will answer questions posed by social justice groups…

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Health and Child Care – Top Priorities

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Labour Views – September 30, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom, Acting President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour When pollsters ask what issues Canadians care most about, two issues consistently rank at the top of the pile.  Canadians in general care most about the preservation of a strong, publicly-funded health care system.  And parents are most concerned about affordable child care. That’s why the Canadian Labour Congress has made public health care and affordable child care…

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Labour Day Event – Monday Sept 7

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Come and join the NTFL for our annual Labour Day event! Monday September 7th from 12pm until 2pm at the Yellowknife Stanton Plaza Parking Lot. It’s open to the public, there will be free chilli, bannock and cupcakes, as well as a bouncy castle for the children. Bring your family, neighbours and friends!                          

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Minimum Wages Aren’t Living Wages

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Labour Views June 3rd, 2015 Written by Gayla Thunstrom, Acting President Northern Territories Federation of Labour On June 1, the minimum wage in the Northwest Territories rose from $10 an hour to $12.50.  The increase in minimum wage came about following a recommendation from an advisory committee including business, labour and social justice representatives. With the new $12.50 wage, a single person working 40 hours per week earns just $26,000 per year.  By any standard…

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Supporting Local 6

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The NTFL is proud to support the workers of Local 6 in Hay River.  The local is planning a BBQ for the community to thank them for their support and support other Hay River organizations that have stood beside them while out on strike.              

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