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PSAC North in the News

April 5, 2017 - 10:17am •
Stephanie Waddell Whitehorse Daily Star The more than 20 unionized staff members with the Town of Watson Lake are off the picket line and back on the job this morning after the town and union reached a tentative agreement Monday. The two sides still have to vote to ratify the agreement, which was expected to happen later today.
March 28, 2017 - 9:31am •
The Town of Watson Lake and the members of YEU/PSAC Local Y029 have achieved a tentative deal, ending a week of job action. The employer locked out the 22 unionized employees on Monday March 27th, triggering a strike as the lockout concluded.
March 1, 2017 - 2:22pm •
Submitted by Dianne Williams - Chair, PSAC Yukon Health & Safety Committee
January 10, 2017 - 10:19am •
By Jack Bourassa Regional Executive Vice President, Public Service Alliance of Canada Dominion Diamond showed its true colours in November when the company decided to pack up their Yellowknife office and move their headquarters to Calgary. Yet just as worrisome is the complete absence of a response from the government of the Northwest Territories.
December 21, 2016 - 9:55am •
By Todd Parsons Editorial note: PSAC members are currently in bargaining with Dominion Diamond Corp. with bargaining dates set for mid-January. What does it mean to be committed to the North and more importantly the development of Northern society?
February 4, 2016 - 10:51am •
Innuktitut translation follows. City of Iqaluit workers deserve better The City of Iqaluit bargaining team met with the Employer’s team to negotiate a new collective agreement on January 15-20, 2016. We have exchanged proposals and from the beginning the Employer signalled to us that we, the members, were going to have to share some responsibilities.
June 25, 2015 - 9:35am •
By Jack Bourassa, REVP North As published in the Yellowknifer, June 24 Canadians from every walk of life came together to commemorate National Aboriginal Day this week, an important celebration that embraces the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across the country.
March 27, 2015 - 10:27am •
Hay River councillors need to take a lesson in fair bargaining from recent settlements of labour negotiations in Yellowknife and Fort Smith, say the leaders of the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) and Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC). In Yellowknife, conciliation talks and fair-minded bargaining averted a strike of workers at Avens—A Community for Seniors. While strike action was necessary in Fort Smith, respectful negotiations with an employer willing to end the dispute resulted in a fair settlement for workers at the Fort Smith Housing Authority.
February 4, 2015 - 11:16pm •
Town of Hay River members had no choice but to walk away from negotiations Wednesday because there was no fair or reasonable offer on the table.Hours later, the Town issued an open letter to members inviting them to cross their own picket line and return to work for less than they were being offered at the bargaining table – and with the promise that union dues would be taken off their salaries.Members sent a fiery response back to mayor, burning the Town’s letter outside the Fire Hall.
February 4, 2015 - 11:33am •
By Jack Bourassa, PSAC North Regional Executive Vice President As published in the Yellowknifer, June 2015

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