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Union claims NWT government rejects binding arbitration 2019-01-23 [Cabin Radio]

Gov't rejects offer of binding arbitration in contract talks, says union 2019-01-23 [CBC]

Union says GNWT claims over pay increases are ‘simply false’ 2019-01-22 [Cabin Radio]

Removed bargaining team says UNW ‘determined to strike’ 2019-01-18 [Cabin Radio]

Hay River Health and Social Services Authority bargaining team relieved of duties 2019-01-18 [CBC]

UNW schedules second ‘practice picket’ 2019-01-10 [Cabin Radio]

Proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act would let workers take 'domestic violence leave' 2019-01-10 [CBC]

To send a message, UNW holds ‘practice picket’ outside NTPC 2018-12-15 [Cabin Radio]

If there’s a strike, these are the essential GNWT positions 2018-12-04 [Cabin Radio]

UNW, N.W.T. gov't receive mediator's report, say they're open to more talks 2018-11-17 [CBC]

Union says it won’t strike before Christmas ‘unless provoked’ 2018-10-30 [Cabin Radio]

Union, gov't blame each other as strike looms 2018-10-30 [CBC]

CBC Branch meeting in Yellowknife focuses on working conditions 2018-10-28 [CWA Canada]

UNW says mediation talks fail, begins strike training 2018-10-28 [Cabin Radio]

GNWT ‘actively preparing’ for possible strike as mediation begins 2018-10-24 [Cabin Radio]

Gov't workers could strike as early as mid-November 2018-10-24 [CBC]

Government spending big on infrastructure, says it’ll reduce cost of living 2018-10-16 [Cabin Radio]

Possibility of N.W.T. government strike looms at budget hearing 2018-09-10 [CBC]

With union talks paused, GNWT resumes pay increases for others 2018-07-18 [Cabin Radio]

Dominion offers cost-of-living increases, extra leave in tentative deal 2018-07-16 [CBC]

Dominion Diamond, workers' union, reach tentative agreement in Ekati dispute 2018-06-27 [CBC]

Vince Ready appointed mediator in negotiations between N.W.T. government, UNW 2018-06-19 [CBC]

GNWT and union announce identity of their mediator 2018-06-17 [Cabin Radio]

Dominion rejects union’s proposals over Ekati absenteeism 2018-06-16 [Cabin Radio]

Mediator to step into dispute between union and N.W.T. government over wages 2018-06-10 [CBC]

Ekati layoffs dispute continues 2018-06-02 [CBC]

Union and territorial government ‘discussing mediators’ 2018-05-30 [Cabin Radio]

Government not looking to 'impose' solution to Dominion dispute with union 2018-05-30 [CBC]

Tłı̨chǫ leader intervenes over threatened Ekati layoffs 2018-05-29 [Cabin Radio]

Union accuses Dominion Diamond of 'union-busting' in plan to lay off 150 workers 2018-05-19 [CBC]

Dominion Diamond threatens to lay off 150 employees at Ekati mine, says union 2018-05-16 [CBC]

Communication between GNWT and UNW reaches all-time low 2018-04-26 [Cabin Radio]

Territorial government says union hasn’t started mediation 2018-04-26 [Cabin Radio]

Public servants vote 70% yes to strike, but union said it won't just yet 2018-04-25 [Yahoo]

UNW-GNWT workers vote in favour of strike action 2018-04-25 [My Yellowknife]

Public servants vote 70% yes to strike, but union said it won't just yet 2018-04-25 [CBC]

Union says all workers should have same protection from inflation as MLAs 2018-03-15 [CBC]

Proposed wage increases ire workers at Yellowknife union rally 2018-03-10 [CBC]

Power Corporation Employees Vote to Strike 2018-02-11 [UNW-PSAC]

Union broadens strike rhetoric, threatening NTPC walkout 2018-02-09 [Cabin Radio]

Unrest within union as territory says strike vote is premature 2018-02-07 [Cabin Radio]

‘They’re insulted‘: Territorial gov‘t workers transfer towards strike vote 2018-02-05 [The Leader]

'They are insulted': Territorial gov't employees move toward strike vote 2018-02-03 [CBC]

Reporting Meeting recommends ratification of new UNA Collective Agreement 2018-01-28 [UNW-PSAC]

Minimum wage increases to $13.46 but misses union target 2018-01-24 [Cabin Radio]

Include more voices in the Aurora College review, says MLA 2017-12-15 [CBC]

Nurses can't take breaks at Stanton Hospital, union says 2017-10-27 [CBC]

Yellowknife jail workers speak out about staff shortages, limited programming 2017-10-25 [CBC]

MLAs salaries relevant to union collective bargaining? YES! 2017-10-08 [UNW-PSAC]

Are N.W.T. MLA salaries relevant in union talks? Depends who you ask 2017-10-07 [CBC]

This month in labour history

1-01-1952 Old Age Security, the country's first universal pension plan, comes into effect for Canadians at 70 years of age. The Canada Pension Plan, based on employment contributions, follows in 1966. [more]

6-01-1882 The Toronto Trades and Labour Council endorses the principle of equal pay for equal work between men and women. [more]

9-01-1974 Workers at United Aircraft in Longueiul, Québec begin a bitter confrontation that lasts 20 months. One result is the anti-scab law introduced by the new Parti Québécois government in 1977. [more]

15-01-1889 Innkeeper Joe Beef of Montréal dies, a legendary friend to the outcast poor and labouring classes. More than 50 unions march in his funeral procession. [more]

19-01-1973 Annie Buller, a veteran Communist organizer, dies in Toronto at 78 years of age after a lifetime of activism in support of labour and political causes. [more]

20-01-1950 Barred windows and locked doors prevent workers from escaping a fire in a small basement garment factory in downtown Toronto. Of the eleven people in the shop, six die in the blaze, including the owner and his son, and three more in hospital. [more]

20-01-1914 Joseph Mairs, 21, a coal miner from Ladysmith, British Columbia, dies in prison after failing to receive adequate medical treatment. He is one of more than 200 strikers arrested in a long struggle for recognition of the United Mine Workers of America [more]

23-01-1918 In wartime Nova Scotia, 88 men are killed in an explosion in a coal mine at Stellarton. The casualties of that day are later listed on a memorial. Another memorial lists the 69 local soldiers killed during the four years of the First World War. [more]

25-01-1988 Members of the United Nurses of Alberta defy a ban on strike action and begin a province-wide strike against cutbacks in health care. They win their case, and a better contract follows two years later. [more]

26-01-1981 An illegal strike by 16,000 Ontario hospital workers, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, begins. CUPE President Grace Hartman later goes to jail for supporting her members. [more]

27-01-1872 A public meeting at the Mechanics' Institute in Hamilton, Ontario adopts resolutions to reduce the normal six-day working week from 60 to 54 hours. When the Nine Hour League is announced, support grows in a dozen centres, from Sarnia to Montréal. [more]

29-01-1980 Jean-Claude Parrot, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, is sent to prison for defying a back-to-work law. [more]

29-01-1946 Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand releases his report on the Ford strike and imposes the Rand Formula to promote union security. [more]

31-01-1907 More than 400 women telephone operators in Toronto walk out when Bell Telephone attempts to introduce longer hours and lower pay. [more]