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.

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.

PSAC North Convention delegates elect new leadership

Congratulations to YEU activist and Executive member Jack Bourassa, elected Sunday as the PSAC North’s new Regional Executive Vice-President of the North. Jack will spend the next three years working in all three Northern Territories, representing workers from all three components.

Jack moves into his new role with the same commitment he brought to his union work with YEU. We look forward to working with our new REVP! Alternate REVP is sister Marie Buchanan, delegate from UNW in Yellowknife.

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Regional Director for  Yukon Debbie Paquette & Jack Bourassa

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Jack with his wife Alysa and family.