Government of the Northwest Territories

Collective Bargaining

GNWT/ UNW Mediation and Potential Job Action: Questions and Answers

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is committed to reaching a collective agreement that meets the common objectives of recognizing our valued public servants and the fiscal sustainability of the Northwest Territories. The GNWT has been successful in achieving this goal by reaching agreements with both our teachers (ratified September 2016) and physicians (ratified June, 2018) over the same fiscal period.

Although the UNW has not served the GNWT with notice of mediation under the Public Service Act for the outstanding issues, the parties agreed to proceed with identifying a mediator and determining dates. Mr. Vince Ready, a highly-regarded mediator with more than 30 years of experience, has been chosen by the parties to assist in concluding a new collective agreement. Mediation dates have been scheduled with Mr. Ready for October 25-27, 2018 in Yellowknife.

  • The UPDATED UNW - Mediation & Potential Job Action is meant to provide general information to GNWT employees regarding mediation and possible job action by the Union of Northern Workers (UNW), and an update regarding non-unionized employee terms and conditions of employment.
  • The Job Action Q&A is meant to provide general information to GNWT employees regarding possible job action.

Unionized employees may obtain additional information from the Union of Northern Workers and Excluded/Senior Managers may speak with their supervisor.