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  • Friday, December 2, 2022
    2023 PSAC National Young Workers Conference

    The 2023 PSAC National Young Workers Conference will be held from April 21-23, 2023 at Le Westin Montreal in Montreal, Quebec under the theme “Young Workers: Growing Union Power”.

    PSAC and NEU Members who identify as young workers (aged 35 and under) interested in attending this conference as delegates or observers must apply by January 6, 2023.

    The deadline to submit resolutions is January 13, 2023 at 5 p.m. EST.

    For the Conference callout, resolution and nomination forms: 

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  • Friday, December 2, 2022
    Local 006 AGM - Monday December 12

    Notice of Annual General Meeting - Local 0006 (Municipal and/or Housing Members) :

    An Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Nunavut Employees Union (NEU) Local 0006 will be held on Monday December 12, 2022 at 7:00 PM (EST) at the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Boardroom (Building 507, Suite 204 Astro Hill Place), - use the door to the left of the main (outside) entrance of the Inuulisautinut Niuvirvik Store.

    Local 0006 represents all Municipal and/or Housing Members working in Iqaluit, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Qikiqtarjuaq, Sanikiluaq and Sanirajak.

    Members outside of Iqaluit, or others who cannot attend in person are invited to join this important meeting by calling either::  

    1 867.877.5217 (within Iqaluit) or  1.833.232.1892 (toll free from elsewhere); and use  Conference ID: 757 704 208#

    For a printable PDF of the Agenda for this important meeting, please

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  • Thursday, November 17, 2022
    If Leaving the GN Please Ask About the GN Exit Survey

    If you are a Government of Nunavut (GN) employee who is leaving the GN for any reason or circumstance (positive or negative) you should be given the opportunity to complete an Exit Survey.  The Survey responses are confidential and can be submitted via email or in a sealed, addressed envelope. Employees names will never be associated with any of their answers when the GN compiles data from the surveys. The reason why the NEU encourages Members to enquire about the Exit Survey when leaving GN employment is these anonymous responses can help the GN identify any patterns or circumstances experienced by departing employees to make improvements or adjustments within Departments that can lead to a better workplace for current and future GN employees. If (or when) you are leaving GN employment, please inquire about this survey as part of your exit process – it can help resolve issues you may have experienced during your employment with the GN.

    For a reviewable English sample of this survey, please "Read More

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  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    PSAC/NEU and Iqaluit Housing Authority in Conciliation – Union Demands Nunavut Housing Corporation Change Mandate to Protect Housing Employees

     

    For Immediate Release: Iqaluit, November 16: The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)/Nunavut Employees Union (NEU) start conciliation on November 16 and 17 with the Iqaluit Housing Association (IQA) after reaching impasse last August. The parties will meet in the presence of a conciliator in an effort to reach a tentative agreement. A combination of concessionary demands, economic increases well below inflation as well as the ‘threat’ to withhold retroactive pay blocked the potential path to an agreement last summer.

    The Nunavut Housing Corporation (NHC) is responsible for the allocation of funds for the operational budget for all Nunavut Housing Associations, including salaries for employees working for Housing Associations.

    “The NEU is calling on the Honorable Lorne Kusugak, the Minister responsible for the NHC, the NHC President and the Board of Directors to intervene and do the right thing,” says NEU President Jason Rochon. “The right thing is to change the NHC mandate to protect workers in the current inflationary context by providing fair wages for the work that Housing employees do throughout Nunavut.”

    The Employer has tabled economic increases around 1.25% and 1.5% per year despite the high rate of inflation, stating that these numbers reflect NHC bargaining mandate. These numbers represent an actual and significant pay cut in the current economy. Statistics Canada’s latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures (September 2022) place a 5% increase in prices for Iqaluit.

    “To Members: we’ve got your back, always, we are fighting for fair wages and your Bargaining Team is strong,” says PSAC North Regional Executive Vice President Lorraine Rousseau. “We will not accept any concessions that jeopardize the livelihoods of workers and their families. The employer wants, needs, to recruit and retain, concessions will not get them there!”

    “The cost of living in Iqaluit has dramatically increased over time, more so in the last year. We are looking for a fair increase in salaries for our employees to be able to afford the increasing cost of living. A deal will not be possible if it means the deterioration of our current benefits and salaries that are making it hard for current staff to remain working with the Iqaluit Housing”, says Jordan Noseworthy a Financial Officer at the IQA and a PSAC/NEU Bargaining Team Member.

    If a tentative agreement is not reached in conciliation this week, PSAC/NEU members will be taking the next steps.

    “We are tired of being undervalued as employees. What the employer is offering is unacceptable and we are all ready to take action if necessary”, says Nicky Nauyuk a plumber working for more than 10 years at the IQA and also a Member of the PSAC/NEU Bargaining Team.

    PSAC/NEU are currently negotiating new Collective Agreements for various Housing Associations across Nunavut affiliated to the NHC.

    “The negotiations with the IQA could have a domino effect as several Housing Associations such as those in Arviat, Clyde River and Coral Harbour are currently at impasse or in conciliation,” adds Rochon.  “More housing associations might join that list in the future if NHC doesn’t do the right thing and change its mandate. The common points of friction between the parties continue to be the inability of Housing Associations to offer fair wage increases to its employees that account for high inflation, and the unwillingness to address recruitment and retention issues with better working conditions.”

    For media inquiries, contact:

    Yusur Al-Bahrani, Regional Political Communications Officer PSAC North: Phone: 867.669.0991 or Email: Al-BahY@psac-afpc.com; or

    James Kaylor, Communications Officer Nunavut Employees Union: Phone: 867.979.4209 or Email: james@neu.ca

    For a printable PDF of this press release:

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  • Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    Bargaining Support at work: know your rights (from the PSAC)

    Everything PSAC Members do in the workplace to show employers we are paying attention to the issues and support our bargaining teams – no matter how big or small – makes a difference as we push for a fair contract. 

    PSAC members have the right to promote and build our union in the workplace, and that includes the virtual workspace. Members have the right to be kept informed and take action during non-work time, before or after shifts and during paid and unpaid breaks and lunch periods.  

    You have the right to:   

    • Talk about the union. You can talk to co-workers about the union at work, including through virtual meetings, as you would any other subject — and help keep everyone informed about PSAC’s activities. 
       
    • Share information. You can sign petitions, sign up for events, and share bargaining related information  during non-working time. However, ensure that this is done via personal, non-work email accounts, rather than work email.   
       
    • Wear the union message. You can wear buttons, lanyards, stickers, t-shirts and other items that communicate the union’s message.  
       
    • Use a union virtual background or email signature. You can use a virtual background or email signature expressing support for your union and bargaining team (e.g., on Microsoft Teams/Zoom and Outlook).  
       
    • Attend rallies and mobilization events. You can take part in in-person rallies or other union events during your paid breaks as well as before or after work.  

    If management interferes with these rights or discourages you from exercising them, alert the NEU right away.

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  • Iqaluit Head Office

    Building #165, Nipisa Street

    PO Box 869

    Iqaluit NU X0A 0H0

    phone: 867.979.4209

    fax: 867.979.4522

    toll free: 877.243.4424

  • Kitikmeot Regional Office

    Building #8, Omingmak Street

    PO Box 1359

    Cambridge Bay, NU X0B 0C0

    phone: 867.222.2353

    fax: 867.983.3401

  • Kivalliq Regional Office

    Building #19-4 Sivulliq Avenue

    PO Box 878

    Rankin Inlet, NU X0C OGO

    phone: 867.645.4258 or 867.645.4259

    fax: 867.645.4260

    toll free: 844.834.4258