Town of Hay River Workers Give Strike Notice – Delayed

Media Release
February 4, 2015 – For Immediate Release

Town of Hay River Strike Delayed
Due to a delay in approvals by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB), strike action by the
Union of Northern Workers against the Town of Hay River will not begin on Friday, as previously
announced.

The UNW will again serve strike notice as soon as documentation is approved, and will be in a legal
strike position 72 hours later. The UNW will take strike action when it is legally possible, which could
be as early as this weekend.

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For more information, please contact:
Jack Bourassa Regional Executive Vice President for the North Public Service Alliance of Canada Office: 867-669-0991 Cell: 867-444-0846

Todd Parsons President Union of Northern Workers Office: 867-873-5668

MEDIA RELEASE

Feb 3, 2015

Unionized workers at the Town of Hay River have given notice of strike action to begin Friday
February 6.

Members of Union of Northern Workers (UNW) Local 6 will be on the picket line Friday morning
unless a deal to avert the strike is reached beforehand. Workers voted overwhelmingly in favour of
strike action on January 12. Conciliation broke down during the first day January 13, without an
agreement.
Negotiators from the Public Service Alliance of Canada have been in contract talks since August
2014. Town negotiators originally made an extremely poor wage offer, and have moved only slightly.
Members’ primary negotiating demand is for a modest increase in wages, in keeping with the
increase in the cost of living.
There are also concerns that the Town of Hay River intends to bring in out-of-town scabs.
“It’s been confirmed to us that the Town of Hay River is preparing to bring in scab workers to replace
our striking members.” says UNW President Todd Parsons. “It’s not only disgraceful that any
municipal council in the NWT would bring in replacement workers. These workers would be on hand
at a youth hockey tournament, and tensions could be very high.”
We are so close to a deal there is really no excuse for this to proceed to strike action,” says PSAC
North Regional Executive Vice President Jack Bourassa. “We are urging all residents of Hay River to
contact their council members and avoid this disruption of services.”
Members are setting up strike headquarters opposite the recreation centre and preparing to mount a
full picket line Friday.

Approximately 30 Local 6 members will be involved in the strike action. Some municipal employees
have been declared essential, and will perform emergency services.

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For more information, please contact:
Jack Bourassa Regional Executive Vice President for the North Public Service Alliance of Canada Office: 867-669-0991 Cell: 867-444-0846

Todd Parsons President Union of Northern Workers Office: 867-873-5668