QEC workers vote for tentative agreement

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Unionized workers with the Qulliq Energy Corp. (QEC) reached a deal to the end of 2020.

The Nunavut Employees Union and Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) North made the announcement Aug. 17.

The new collective agreement includes modest economic gains and increases to special leave provisions, according to a news release.

“The bargaining team worked tirelessly to ensure our members received a fair and equitable contract,” stated Jack Bourassa, regional executive vice-president for PSAC North.

“I’m very pleased with the deal we’ve achieved.”

The two sides reached a tentative agreement June 23.

“I’m happy we reached a deal so quickly,” stated Nunavut Employees Union president Bill Fennell.

“We were pleased to reach a deal that had no concessions for our members.”

The Government of Nunavut and the QEC board of directors have already ratified the tentative agreement.

Voting took place both in-person and by mail-in ballots to ensure members in communities all across the territory had the opportunity to cast their ballot, stated the release.

There are approximately 140 QEC employees working at 26 diesel plants in 25 communities providing mechanical, electrical and line maintenance for QEC facilities, with administrative offices in Baker Lake and Iqaluit.

– Michele LeTourneau

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Michele LeTourneau first arrived at NNSL's headquarters in Yellowknife in1998, with a BA honours in Theatre. For four years she documented the arts across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Following a very short stint as a communications officer with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Michele spent a decade at a community-based environmental monitoring board in the mining industry, where she worked with Inuit, Chipewyan, Tlicho, Yellowknives Dene and Metis elders to help develop traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit contributions for monitoring and management plans. She rejoined NNSL and moved to Iqaluit in May 2014 to write for Nunavut News. Michele has received a dozen awards for her work with NNSL.