Media Release: UNW Response to Labour Market Supplement for RNs and MLTs

Mar 02, 2022

The Collective Agreement between the Union of Northern Workers and the GNWT allows us to negotiate the terms of a Labour Market Supplement to address recruitment and retention problems resulting from an unusual labour market shortage.

The employer recently presented the union with a ‘take it or leave it’ offer of a Labour Market Supplement that only included a small segment of ‘front line’ Registered Nurses and Medical Laboratory Technologists.

The employer’s offer was a slap in the face to all our other UNW nurses and healthcare specialists who are working under the same pressures and staff shortages.

The UNW requested more information and further discussions about which healthcare positions should be in included in this Labour Market Supplement or, alternatively, an additional one.   

The employer declined to discuss further and withdrew the Labour Market Supplement offer completely.

Gayla Thunstrom
UNW President

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