Government of the Northwest Territories

Collective Bargaining

Bargaining with the NWTTA

What is a collective agreement?

A collective agreement applies to all our unionized public service employees. It is the guiding document that outlines the terms of employment and contains guidance for managers and employees on a range of issues.  The collective agreement includes rates of pay, how leave is earned and used as well as how disputes are resolved. 

Who is included within the GNWT Bargaining Unit with the NWT Teachers' Association (NWTTA)?

The bargaining unit means all teachers and substitute teachers employed in the public service. They work at schools outside Yellowknife in addition to Ecole Allain St. Cyr which is located in Yellowknife.

What are the timelines?

The bargaining process began on May 2, 2016, and will continue until an agreement is reached or an impasse is reached.  See Bargaining Overview for further details on the process.

Why is it important?

We are working towards a new collective agreement that supports the Priorities of the 18th Legislative Assembly and we realize the important role our employees play in achieving the government’s priorities.

Education is at the heart of a strong, sustainable territory with healthy communities and residents. Our vision is to get it right from the start, for every child in the Northwest Territories.

We need to improve educational outcomes, level the playing field across large and small communities and ensure that our curriculum matches our cultures. The Northwest Territories requires a modern school that sets our children up for success and equips our youth to contribute and participate in growing their communities.

That’s why we are looking forward to working with the NWTTA to find effective and sustainable ways to support teachers and improve educational outcomes, while at the same time remaining fiscally responsible.

What does the GNWT currently offer?

The GNWT offers a wide range of advantages and opportunities to its employees.

Very competitive salary and great benefits, including a public service pension as well as:

  • Employee and Family Assistance Program that supports employees facing challenges either at work or personally/at home;
  • Public service health care plan;
  • Dental benefits;
  • Supplementary death benefit;
  • Disability insurance

Teaching in the North provides:

  • Teaching in the Northwest Territories, either in a small community or a larger center, offers unique learning opportunities for educators.
  • By participating in community events, newcomers are able to learn about the cultures and languages of the region, and to get to know the students and their families.
  • Opportunities for career growth, development and advancement;
  • Being involved in the life of the community allows educators to have a more enriching, rewarding and enjoyable experience teaching in the north. 
  • The chance to work in beautiful, pristine locations and experience richness of different cultures and traditions.

The GNWT is committed to being an employer of choice, offering our employees a safe and dynamic working environment with opportunities to learn and to contribute to the health and prosperity of the NWT.

  • The GNWT remains an employer of choice and has been recognized nationally for its diverse and inclusive workplace, as well as being a top employer for young workers.
  • GNWT employees are well compensated – they are paid as much as, or in some cases, more than, comparable employees across Canada including cost of living differences.
  • When differences in tax regimes are taken into consideration, GNWT employees have more disposable income than employees in other jurisdictions.