You and I Will Keep Each Other Safe

DOM 2014 April 28 is the Day of Mourning; a day we remember & honour workers killed and injured on the job.

According to the Yukon Worker’s Compensation Health and Safety Board, 5 workers were killed on the job in 2014. Since 1984, 58 Yukoners have lost their lives at work.   These workers were mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons, daughters, friends, and loved ones who died because they were trying to earn a living. Work shouldn’t hurt.

It’s not just workers being killed in jobsite accidents. People develop diseases after years of exposure to harsh chemicals and dangerous substances. Asbestos exposure is one of the main causes of diseases developed by workers. According to Workers’ Compensation Boards from around Canada, asbestos was responsible for 41% of all workplace fatalities in 2013.

You have the right to refuse unsafe work. You have the right to know what substances you are working with and the right to take an active role in keeping your workplace safe. Use your rights to help make workplaces safer and reduce exposure and risk for everyone. The PSAC Health & Safety Committee meets monthly and welcomes all members of YEU & PSAC. Contact the PSAC at 667-2331 to learn more.

On April 28 we come together to remember our brothers and sisters who did not make it home from work. We renew our commitment to safe and healthy workplaces. When you go to work in the morning, you should come home safe and healthy at the end of the day. We need to remember to be watchful and vigilant all year, & not just April 28th when we renew our commitment to all workers.

Please join the annual Day of Mourning Ceremony, Tuesday April 28 2015 at 12:30 pm in the Yukon Government Main Administration Building Lobby. Together we will keep each other safe.

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Each black candle represents a Yukon worker who died on the job in 2014.

Joe Oliver’s Off Balance Budget

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Sick Leave: Ours to Protect!

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Yukon School Bus Drivers… on the road to nowhere?

Yukon School Bus Drivers have been trying to meet with their employer Takhini Transport since last summer. The employer has flat out refused. Now they’re asking for your help. Please sign their petition; ask Takhini Transport to meet their workers at the bargaining table… they deserve a deal!
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Want to help? Sign the online petition; Ask Takhini Transport to come to the table and negotiate fairly with Yukon’s School Bus Driver’s. It’s time…

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Government of Yukon Workers: Bargaining Input is now open.

bargaining team mugIf you work for the Government of Yukon, your contract is due to be renegotiated. YOU can help craft your next agreement.

  • YOU help determine the priorities of your bargaining team.
  • YOU choose your Bargaining Team!

GET INVOLVED!

Is there something that has driven you crazy about your collective agreement?

Is there a clause in the contract you feel is flawed, lacking clarity or even missing entirely? Submit it!

Submit a Bargaining Input form that clearly spells out the changes you want to see in the next agreement. If it’s something you and your co-workers have talked about, make sure to have them add their signatures to your submission. The more members sign a proposal the greater the chance it will make it to the bargaining table.

YEU members employed by the Government of Yukon can expect a special issue newsletter in their mailbox at the start of May. This mailing will explain all the steps of the negotiation process including selection of your pre-bargaining committee and the Main Table Bargaining Team. All forms will be included in the special mailing.

Get involved in the Bargaining process… stay involved from the bargaining input stage right through contract ratification. The best thing about being in a union is that your working conditions come about through your own participation.

Download the Bargaining Input Form here (Download & print pdf)

Nominate someone to the Bargaining Input Committee here (Download & print pdf)

Stay connected through the blog (SUBSCRIBE TODAY) or visit us at our website!

What do Your Union Dues Buy?

Amanda-Mudry-Union-BecauseWe won’t give a big loud sales pitch, but YEU has something really good over here and we want to be sure you know about it.

Unions are funny fish; it’s hard to quantify what you’re going to get when you buy in and become a member.

What you can be sure of is that you’ll get a Collective Agreement; a contract that defines the relationship between you and your employer. If it’s a first contract, you’ll see changes to the structure of your workplace, you’ll hear new words like Shop Steward, Executive, Local, and you will see a new deduction on your pay stub that says Union Dues.

So what do you get for that dues money? What does union membership buy you?

Expertise, you’re going to get that in spades. You’ll get a whole team of people whose job it is to improve your work life. Our expert negotiators work with your team to craft a contract and then… then the work begins. Your contract will spell out how conflict is managed, how opportunities are shared and how responsibility is shouldered.  As a member, you’re part of all that. If you have conflict in your workplace, we’re the place to turn.  We have professionals here to help. Our people have years of education and experience at helping solve problems. They can act as a resource, problem solver and advocate for you. Sometimes you just need a little guidance. Some day you might need a lot of help. Either way, we’re ready.

You’ll find opportunity, that’s for sure. There is access to training, to personal development, community and activism that you might not find elsewhere.  The union offers a place for all kinds of membership too; you can be a flag flying, banner waving trade unionist or you can be a quiet member, content with the security of a fairly negotiated contract. Along the spectrum of engagement, there’s a place for you.

Solidarity; we offer that… it’s a pretty old fashioned word, but there’s nothing more powerful than a group of people with similar goals working together for a common purpose. It’s amazing, really, what can be accomplished.

So that’s the pitch.  We sell solidarity, unity, common goals, opportunity and community.

Unions are made of workers like you. Together, we are the Labour Movement… whether we’re talking Yukon Labour or the Canadian Labour Movement. It’s people like you and your colleagues working with people like us to solve problems and strengthen communities.