Thessalon First Nation workers attempting to unionize – MSN

by ahnationtalk on May 15, 202436 Views

Employees of Thessalon First Nation (TFN) are applying to join the United Steelworkers, an action some allege is born of the poor treatment they’ve received from the current administration.

While the deal to unionize has not been finalized, United Steelworkers co-ordinator Darlene Jalbert told The Sault Star this agreement would be the first of its kind in Canada and the United States if certified.

While the United Steelworkers union already has plenty of Indigenous members in its ranks, the group has never penned an agreement with employees actively working for a First Nation.

“The employees were very, very happy and excited to become unionized, as are we,” Jalbert said during a phone interview.

“This is, I believe, our first certification of this type. So, it’s not just about what we can bring to them. It’s what they can bring to our union.”

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