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Town workers back to work

Town council has ratified a new contract with its unionized workers, which will finally end a nearly six-month strike. However, councillors were less than enthusiastic – or unanimous – in approving the new deal at an Aug. 5 special meeting. One by one they criticized the wage increases as unsustainable. Coun. Jason Coakwell, one of […]

Strike end in sight

Both town and union representatives are eager to end the labour dispute that has consumed the town for the past six months. “The offer was overwhelmingly accepted,” said Rachel Yee, who is one of the 31 town employees who have been on strike since Feb. 9. “We’re hoping to be able to return to work […]

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Strikers expand picketing plans

Striking municipal workers trod new ground last week, expanding their picketing efforts to councillors’ houses and that of a fellow employee who chose to return to work. “In any strike, you do see as time goes on an escalation,” said Gayla Thunstrom, vice-president of the Union of Northern Workers. She added that when the employer, […]

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No protest at track meet

Despite a radio report to the contrary, striking town workers will not be picketing Track and Field Championship events. “We’re not picketing it,” said first vice president for the Union of Northern workers Gayla Thunstrom. “We are not picketing the track and field meet.” She said she was surprised to have heard claims that union […]

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Strike prompts more contracting

In the latest development in the ongoing municipal strike, the town has announced it will be contracting maintenance work for the parks in the community this summer. “When the strike started, we were able to lock up the facilities and keep people safely out of the rec centre,” said Mayor Andrew Cassidy. “Obviously, with outdoor […]

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Ball hockey fills void

Despite the change from their regular location, more than a dozen men faithfully turn out twice a week for ball-hockey games. “Usually, ball hockey, is a fill-in sport during the spring before golf and softball start,” said organizer Scott Bolt. “We’ve had ten to 15 guys showing up. Not a lot of difference as far […]

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Talks break down between union and town

Negotiations between UNW members and the municipality collapsed on Monday after both parties agreed to return to the table on Sunday. “They’re not there to negotiate, as far as we’re concerned,” said Mayor Andrew Cassidy. The town initially offered a raise of 1.35 per cent over three years, an offer the union countered with 2 […]

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Strike moves to week three

  Tensions are high as municipal workers continue their strike action now into its third week but movement from either side is yet to be seen. “As the employees stand right now, I don’t know that they would waiver and give up any more,” said workers’ bargaining team member Rachel Yee. “The respect issue is […]

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Mail service to resume across Canada

After nearly a month of disagreement and affected services, Canada Post is beginning the process of getting their mail services back up and running. At approximately 8:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, the Canadian government passed back-to-work legislation, forcing Canada Post employees back to their jobs. Nearly 48,000 workers were locked out of their jobs on […]

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Postal strike hits Hay River

The Canada Post strike has come to Hay River, as the union locked out employees in urban centres, late last Tuesday night. Following 12 days of rotating strikes in various major city centres, 48,000 employees have been locked out of work until Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers come to an agreement. […]

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