Dominion Diamonds - Layoffs and Contracting Out

Members Vote in Favour

UNW members vote in favour of the tentative agreement between the UNW and DDC.

See the member communique here


Ratification Vote Meetings

All members can hear about the tentative agreement reached with Dominion Diamonds, and VOTE on whether to accept this agreement.

Tue. July 3, 5;00 pm         Wed. July 4, 7:00 am

Tue. July 17, 5:00 pm        Wed. July 18, 7:00 am

At the GYM at the Mine Site.

for more information, you can see the POSTER HERE.


June 26, 2018 - We are happy to announce that we have reached tentative agreement with Dominion, which will save 150 jobs from being contracted out.

Read more here:  Communique to Members 

                            Joint News Release

Meetings will be held at the mine site VERY soon!  Stay tuned for details.

Threats of Lay-offs and Contracting Out

On May 10, 2018 Dominion Diamonds met with the UNW and threatened to layoff 150 unionized workers, mostly entry level, by October 1, 2018.

Following our meetings with members during the weeks of May 22-June 1, the UNW sent the following letter to Mr Wally Schumann, the Minister of Industry, Tourism & Investment, and Mr Bob McLeod, the premier and Minister of Executive and Indigenous Affairs:

May 31, 2018 - Letter to Mr. Schumann and Mr. McLeod

June 26, 2018 - Mr. McLeod reply letter.  No big surprises here - no help from the government.


Please read our important Communiques to Members:

June 14, 2018- Communique #4

June 8, 2018 - Action Update Newsletter - Dominion Diamonds

June 5, 2018 - Dominion Diamond Short Term Disability Policy

May 28, 2018 - Communique #3 to members

May 23, 2018 - UNW Site Meetings Ekati Mine

May 15, 2018 - Communique to Members

May 16, 2018 Communique to Members


Letters from Dominion Diamonds to the Union:

May 10, 2018 - Letter from Dominion Diamonds, threatening layoffs

May 31, 2018 - Letter from DD, extend deadline by one week


In the Media:

June 1, 2018 - CBC - Ekati layoffs dispute continues

May 15, 2018 - CBC - Dominion Diamonds threatens to layoff 150 workers

Dene Nation Supports Union Workers at Dominion Diamonds

May 2018 - Dene Nation Motion re: Ekati Diamond Mine

June 2018 - Letter from Dene Nation Chief Bill Erasmus in support of union workers