Labour union holds Saint John convention this week

New Brunswick’s central labour union will hold this week its 55th annual convention, where topics will be focused on uniting workers.

The New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL) said Tuesday it will take place at the Delta Hotel in Saint John from May 28 starting at 2p.m. to May 31.

Daniel Legere, president of the NBFL, said the pandemic was a turning point, as many were laid off as communities and provinces shut down.

He said juggling challenges like child care and home-schooling meant accepted norms started to change.

“In New Brunswick, and around the world, we continue to see workers demanding to be treated fairly and with respect,” said Legeré.

“We are seeing workers rejecting tentative agreements that do not keep up with the cost of living. We are seeing workers taking job action and winning better agreements.”

The federation says the convention, which is usually held every two years, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials say the NBFL is New Brunswick’s largest central labour body with over 40,000 members representing both the public and private sectors.