April 10, 7pm   Hay River, Legion

April 11, Noon   Hay River, Legion

April 15, 5:30pm  Yellowknife, UNW North Star Building main floor (4910 - 53 St)

April 16, 5:30pm  Inuvik, Mackenzie Hotel meeting room

April 23, 5:30pm  Fort Simpson, Nahanni Inn meeting room

April 25, Noon      Yellowknife, UNW North Star Building main floor (4910- 53 St)

April 29, 5:30pm  Yellowknife, UNW North Star Building main floor (4910-53 St)

**You must be a signed member to attend and vote.  Applications will be available at the door.

Meetings will include a an overview of changes to the collective agreement that have been negotiated, followed by time for questions, and time to vote.

Questions?  Contact your RVP or Local President ASAP!


A tentative Agreement has been reached between the UNW & NTPC.

Click here to read the Joint News Release.

Click here to read the Communique to members. 


If a deal is not reached at mediation this week, NTPC workers will be on strike at 12:01 am on Monday April 8.  

See Communique to Members!   Also see: Strike Pay - Important update for members

Important Documents - Click link to jump to:

Most recent communications  (including meeting dates if scheduled)

Mediation dates

Essential & Emergency Services Agreement     ESA Q&A     ESA - additional info

Potential Strike Q&A

Your Bargaining Team

(Scroll down to view communications and documents in chronological order)

Members Please Note:  

Bargaining related bulletins will NOT be sent through the NTPC email system.  Your bargaining team will send emails directly to members at their personal email addresses only.    Please send your personal email address to the UNW (with your full name) to be added to the email list:  mem@unw.ca

Your Elected Bargaining Team is:

Mitchell Touesnard, Trudy Nelner, Bryan Brazeau

Gayla Thunstrom (UNW 1st VP), Erna Post (PSAC Negotiator)

(Les Watsyk has retired and we thank him for all his hard work for the members)

April 2019 - Mediation 

Strike Pay - Important information update for members!  April 4, 2019

ESA additional info -  April 5, 2019

Strike Notice has been served!  Communique to Members- April 3, 2019

Communique to members regarding upcoming Mediation   

Yellowknife RALLY! April 3, 2019 Come out and support NTPC workers - Lunch and hot chocolate will be served!  RALLY POSTER to print and share.

The UNW/PSAC bargaining team will return to mediation with the Employer April 5-7, 2019.

Letter of support - Local 16 member & NTPC worker

February 2019

NTPC STRIKE CALLED OFF.... February 10, 2019

UPCOMING LOCAL MEETINGS: (click link for more info)

     Local 22 (Hay River) - February 13, 2019

     Local 19 (Inuvik) - February 18, 2019

     Local 16 (Yellowknife) - February 20, 2019

OPEN LETTER to NTPC Employer - February 11, 2019 

NTPC/GNWT - in the event of strike general info

Continuation of Benefits Request

Binding Arbitration information - February 7, 2019

January 2019

Communique to Members - January 26, 2019

Here is a copy of the signed Essential and Emergency Services Agreement (ESA) for members' information.  A cleaner copy will be posted as soon as we get it from the Employer.

As a reminder also, here is the UNW Essential Services Q&A document.

Scroll down for Strike general Q&A, as well as communiques from your bargaining team.

December 2018

Check out the photos of the NTPC Pop Up Practice Picket - Dec. 14


November, 2018

Potential Strike Q&A

Essential Services Q&A

Communique to Members - November 21

Communique to Members (re Mediation) - November 16

Communique to Members- November 1


June 28, 2018

Mediator and Mediation Dates have been set!

Read our Communique to Members.


November 22, 2017


Date: Wed. Nov 22, 7:00 pm

Location: Legion Banquet Room in Hay River

Come out and cast your ballot-send your messgae

President Todd Parsons will be in attendance

If you are unable to attend this meeting because you are out of town, please contact Local 22 President Mitchell Touesnard ASAP at local22@unw.ca


November 8 and 9, 2017


Wed. Nov. 8  Noon- UNW North Star Building

Thur. Nov 9  5:30 pm- UNW North Star Building


October 11, 2017


Wed. Oct. 11, 7:00 pm    -  Hay River Legion Banquet Room


October 2, 2017

Strike vote meetings commence this week in Inuvik!



Stay tuned for meeting dates and locations in other communities in the coming weeks.



September 29, 2017

Bargaining ended on Sept. 28 on an unsatisfying note.  Please read the bargaining update to members here:  Sept. 29 Communique

Also available to read: UNW's Sept. 28 Comprehensive package proposal


August 22, 2017

NTPC/UNW Bargaining will resume Sept 26-29 In Yellowknife.

August 21, 2017

President Todd Parsons recently wrote a Labour Views column in the August 16 issue of Yellowknifer about how the Collective Bargaining process works.

Please click here to read the column.

August 3, 2017

GNWT & NTPC Bargaining Update Meetings 

The UNW will be having joint GNWT & NTPC bargaining update meetings over the next month in the following communities:

Yellowknife       Tues. August 29 - noon - UNW North Star Building, Training Rooms 2 & 3
                           Tues. August 29 - 5:30 p.m. - UNW North Star Building, Training Rooms 2 & 3
                           Wed. August 30 - noon - UNW North Star Building, Training Rooms 2 & 3
                       YELLOWKNIFE POSTER 

Fort Simpson    Thurs. August 31 - 5:30 p.m. - Nahanni Inn - Meeting room 
                         FORT SIMPSON POSTER

Fort Smith          Wed. September 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Pelican Rapids Inn - Meeting room  
                          FORT SMITH POSTER

July 7, 2017

GNWT & NTPC Bargaining – member update meetings

The UNW will be having joint GNWT & NTPC bargaining member update meetings in various communities in the coming months.  Please keep an eye on the Events Calendar for dates, times & locations!

Yellowknife         Wed. July 12 – noon - UNW North Star Building, Training Room 2 

                            Wed. July 12 – 5:30 pm –  UNW North Star Building, Training Room 2 

                            Thurs. July 13 – noon - UNW North Star Building, Training Room 2 

                             See the the attached poster 

Behcho K’o          Mon. July 17 at noon        Nishi Khon Bldg, Tli Cho Community Serv, Large Boardroom

                            BEHCHOK'O POSTER

Hay River             Mon. July 24 at 7pm         Legion

                              HAY RIVER POSTER

Norman Wells      Mon. August 14, Heritage Hotel meeting room at 7 p.m.

                            NORMAN WELLS POSTER

Inuvik                  Tue. August 15, Mackenzie Hotel Meeting Room (main floor) at 7 p.m.

                            INUVIK POSTER

July 3. 2017

Please see our most recent Communique for UNW members who are NTPC Employees. 

January 12, 2017

The Union of Northern Workers and  NTPC resumed collective bargaining with the employer from Jan 8 to 10, 2017. 

NTPC negotiations were unsuccessful and employers are still working under collective agreement with a December 2014 expiry.

Please stay tuned for more information. 

October, 24, 2016 

The Union of Northern Workers and the NTPC will resume collective bargaining negotiations from Jan 8 to 12 2017.

August 16, 2016

The Union of Northern Workers and the NTPC will resume collective agreement negotiations from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.

April 21, 2016
Bargaining continued between the UNW and the employer. Please click on the link below to read the bargaining communique:

April 21, 2016 Bargaining Communique to Members

March 2, 2016

Bargaining was scheduled for the week of February 15th, but had to unfortunately be postponed.  Please click on the link below to read the bargaining communique:

March 2, 2016 Bargaining Communique to Members

October 16, 2015

Your bargaining team finally met with the Employer in Yellowknife on October 13, 14, 15.  Please click on this PDF document to read the bargaining communique.

May 29, 2015 

Your bargaining team met in Yellowknife the week of May 10th to review and put the final touches to our bargaining agenda. The Union team is ready to go.
As of the writing of this bulletin, the Union is still waiting for the employer to catch up. The employer appears to be dragging their heels and have been unable to find any spring or summer dates for negotiations.  
Since March of this year, the Union has made a number of attempts to schedule bargaining meetings as soon as possible. There appears to be difficulty on the part of the employer team to find any day or days in May, June, July or even August. 
The Union team even took the unusual step of offering to exchange proposals electronically to get the bargaining started. 
Your team is very disappointed and frustrated with the apparent inability on the part of the employer to meet any earlier than September. 
The Union team is ready to meet anyplace and anytime  - we just need someone to meet with....
Remember: even though your contract expired December 31, 2014 your rights continue to be protected. Your current Collective Agreement including your working conditions and wages remains in force. 
Stay tuned, the Bargaining Team appreciates your patience, solidarity and support.

March 24, 2015 

Mitchell Touesnard and Les Watsyk, have joined Rob MacIntosh as new committee members and are now part of the Bargaining Team. Erna Post will be stepping in for Joshua Paddon as the PSAC negotiator.
Trudy Nelner remains the alternate to the Committee. 
The team would like to acknowledge the work and contributions of Terry LeBlanc and Drew Farmer.   
The next step in the bargaining process has been completed, Notice to bargain has been served to the employer. We are looking at tentative bargaining dates with the employer’s representative. We expect to get to the bargaining table as soon as scheduling permits. Once we have established dates, you will be advised so you can mark your calendar for a membership update on bargaining. As indicated in our last newsletter, information on bargaining proposals will be made available to the membership once bargaining has begun.
As you know, the current contract expired December 31, 2014.  While we are in bargaining, you should also know your rights continue to be protected and even though the contract has expired, your current collective agreement covering your working conditions and wages remains in force. 
Stay tuned, the Bargaining Team appreciates your patience, solidarity and support.

Sept. 9-10, 2014 Bargaining Conference

The Union bargaining conference took place in Yellowknife in September.  The negotiations are to replace the collective agreement which expired on March 31, 2014.  
Members of the bargaining conference elected the members who form the Union bargaining team.
Update on the beginning of bargaining will be posted as talks proceed.