Collective bargaining begins between GNWT and NWTTA

YELLOWKNIFE (May 2, 2016) – Today, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) begins negotiation of a new collective agreement with the Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association (NWTTA).

The GNWT’s initial proposals focus on:

  • improving mental health in the workplace;
  • recruitment and retention strategies;
  • establishing a framework for the Alternative School Year; and
  • teacher time and workload.

The GNWT is committed to meaningful collective bargaining to achieve the outcome of sustainable public services for Northerners. The GNWT will be accountable and transparent throughout the bargaining process, with proposals and updates available to the public on the GNWT website at


“The Northwest Territories is facing a range of economic challenges which continue to impact the GNWT. We need to find a balance between investing in our public service and being financially responsible. Education is at the heart of a strong, sustainable NWT. The government’s goal is to work with the NWTTA in these challenging economic times to come to an agreement that improves educational outcomes for northerners and ensures fair compensation for teachers while also delivering on our overall fiscal responsibility and our commitment to the priorities of the government and the NWT residents.” 
- Robert C. McLeod, Chairman of the Financial Management Board Secretariat

Quick Facts

  • Negotiations between the GNWT and NWTTA begin on May 2, 2016
  • There are two bargaining sessions scheduled for May 2-4 and June 6-10

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Media inquiries for the Minister

Andrew Livingstone
Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor
Department of the Executive                                                                                         
Government of the Northwest Territories
Box 1320 Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9                                                                                             
Tel: (867) 767-9140 ext. 11091
Cell: (867) 447-0443
Fax: (867) 873-0169