UNW reschedules Hay River strike vote, elects new bargainers

The Union of Northern Workers has rearranged a strike vote in Hay River following the election of a new bargaining team.

Three members of the past bargaining team claimed the union had removed them earlier in January after they tried to set up more talks with their employer, the Hay River Health and Social Services Authority.

At the time, the three removed members said in a statement they felt the UNW had a “predetermined agenda to strike.” The union said it was “investigating” what had taken place.


A strike vote initially planned for January 17 was postponed in the wake of the former bargaining team’s removal.

The UNW now says that strike vote will take place on the evening of Tuesday, January 29, at the town’s community hall.

The union’s website states three new members were elected to its bargaining team on January 24.

Alvin Pitre, Robb Ross, and Sara Swanson will replace the outgoing Heather Coakwell, Ann Schreuders, and Barbara Holland.