The UNW convention will now be held online and by phone
The Northern Workers Union has given up hope of holding part of next month’s convention in person as the Covid-19 epidemic in the NWT continues.
Union leader Todd Parsons, who will be replaced as convention president after a 19-year term, said in a letter to members that the UNW will “abide by recommendations” from the chief public health officer, Dr. Kami Kandola by removing a scheduled face-to-face meeting. -face meeting of delegates.
There are more than 160 active cases of Covid-19 in Yellowknife, which is subject to enhanced public health measures until at least early October in an effort to contain the spread of the disease.
The decision to hold the convention Oct. 15-17 without any in-person events could complicate participation for delegates joining online or by phone from communities with less reliable Internet access.
In an email on Tuesday, delegates were warned that they must have “a stable internet connection in order to fully participate and vote” at the convention.
Anyone with a slower internet connection may need to turn off the video or use a phone to connect instead, finance and administration director Kim Bailey told delegates.
However, voting will take place online – not over the phone – and requires a “minimum internet connection”.
The union said that using an employer’s premises or equipment to participate in the online convention “is strictly prohibited,” which means that delegates must have access to a sufficiently strong home internet connection or internet connection. a form of third-party access.
The UNW said it was sending tablets to all delegates containing what would normally be paper material, as well as the online voting platform to use.
So far, the list of candidates to replace Parsons is not known. Nominations are accepted on the convention floor.
Contacted in the early afternoon Tuesday after announcing the virtual passage of the convention to the delegates, the union had made no comment at 6.30 p.m.