- December 6 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against WomenMonday, December 5, 2022It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.As we mourn their loss and remember their lives, we reaffirm our commitment to fight the hatred that led to this tragedy, and the misogyny that still exists today. In Canada and around the world, women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ individuals face unacceptable violence and discrimination. Gender-based violence in Canada has been magnified and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been reports from police services, shelters, and local organization of an increase in calls related to gender-based violence across Canada during the pandemic.The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it. It is also a time to take action. Achieving a Canada free from gender-based violence requires everyone living in this country to educate themselves and their families and communities on gender-based violence, center the voices of survivors in our actions and speak up against harmful behaviors. For a downloadable copy of the poster below, pleaseRead more
- 2023 PSAC National Young Workers ConferenceFriday, December 2, 2022
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.
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- Local 006 AGM - Monday December 12Friday, December 2, 2022
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, pleaseRead more
- If Leaving the GN Please Ask About the GN Exit SurveyThursday, November 17, 2022
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.
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- PSAC/NEU and Iqaluit Housing Authority in Conciliation – Union Demands Nunavut Housing Corporation Change Mandate to Protect Housing EmployeesWednesday, November 16, 2022
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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