Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Vale and USW Heading Back to the Table

Vale and the United Steelworkers Local 9508headed back to the table this morning.

The two parties are meeting today in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The return to the table comes shortly after phase one of the industrial inquiry commission report was released.

Phase one addresses items one and six contained in a terms of reference.

The report has been given to the two parties involved.

A media blackout has been placed on the negotiations.

Nalujuk's Day

Children will hang their stockings this evening in hopes that Nalujuks will bring them some goodies.

Tomorrow is Nalujuk’s Day.

Nalujuk’s Day is a very significant holiday within the Moravian Church in Labrador.

It is also known as Old Christmas Day or Epiphany.

It is still celebrated to the fullest at the Moravian Church in Nain.

They hold three church services throughout the day.

At 10 a.m., will be the Nalujuk’s Day address.

At 3 p.m., is a Love-feast when tea and biscuits are served to the congregation.

And 5 p.m., is the closing service for Christmas with an Inuktitut Liturgy.

The evening brings Nalujuks who are usually in town chasing young people and making visits to people’s homes.

But, looking at the weather, it’s hard to tell if they’ll be able to make the commute.

People seem to be forgetting the significance of the Nalujuk’s Day holiday.

Facebook is littered with comments from concerned parents about the school being open on Nalujuk’s Day.

The concerns have prompted a memo to parents from the Jens Haven Memorial School today.

The school will open one hour later on Nalujuk’s Day and parents and guardians may keep their children home altogether if they like.

Students are also permitted to leave school to attend church services.