UNW heading back to mediation on all fronts in February

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The Union of Northern Workers says it has agreed mediation dates in February over three major outstanding collective bargaining agreements.

In a short notice posted to its website on Wednesday, the union stated three sets of talks would take place over a six-day span between February 8-13.

Collective bargaining negotiations with the territorial government, Northwest Territories Power Corporation, and Hay River Health and Social Services Authority (HRHSSA) affect more than 4,000 employees and their families.

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According to the union, two further days of mediation over its collective bargaining agreement with the territorial government will take place on February 8 and 9.

Those dates will be followed by a one-day mediation session with the power corporation on February 11, and two days of mediation with HRHSSA on February 12 and 13.

Talks between the union and the territorial government passed into their fourth year this month, having commenced on January 14, 2016.

Little progress appeared to be made in a two-day October session between the territory and the union, led by mediator Vince Ready.

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Mediator Mort Mitchnick initially appeared to have more success in November sessions between the union and the power corporation but, by December, the union said a strike was "the most likely outcome."

Health authority talks held with the help of a federal conciliator in December "failed to result in a tentative agreement," the union said at the time.