New Brunswick Federation of Labour
|Full name||New Brunswick Federation of Labour|
|Founded||September 16, 1913|
|Key people||Patrick Colford, President|
|Office location||Moncton, New Brunswick|
The New Brunswick Federation of Labour was organized at a meeting of union delegates in Saint John on 16 September 1913, making it the third provincial federation of labour to be established in Canada, after British Columbia and Alberta. James L. Sugrue of Saint John was elected as president. In early 1914 the Federation obtained a charter from the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada. In 1956 delegates voted to join its successor, the Canadian Labour Congress.
The Federation of Labour’s first major achievement was a provincial Workmen’s Compensation Act (1918), which was based on insurance principles and administered by a board with labour representation. The Federation has a long record of support for social reforms that protect the rights of union members and promote the interests of the province’s working class.
The NBFL is composed of unionized workers within the province, having representatives attending its conventions from almost every community in New Brunswick where a labour organization exists. In addition to its growth in size and influence since its beginnings, the Federation has benefited from greater diversity in membership, especially the participation of francophones, women and public sector workers.
The NBFL is now Labour’s central voice in New Brunswick. Although the Federation does not directly bargain on behalf of union members, it encourages workers to join together to ensure fair and safe workplaces and to build solidarity and mutual support among workers.
|James L. SUGRUE||Neil SAVAGE/P. D. AYER|
|1914–1918||James L. SUGRUE||P. D. AYER|
|1918–1920||Célime A. MELANSON||George R. MELVIN|
|1921–1928||James E. TIGHE||George R. MELVIN|
|1929–1932||Eugene R. STEEVES||George R. MELVIN|
|1933||James A. WHITEBONE||George R. MELVIN|
|1934||James E. TIGHE||George R. MELVIN|
|1935–1953||James A. WHITEBONE||George R. MELVIN|
|1954||James A. WHITEBONE||Lee A. SMITH|
|1955–1958||James A. WHITEBONE||William F. MCCARLIE|
|1959||Angus MACLEOD||James H. LEONARD|
|1960–1962||James A. WHITEBONE||Yvon LANCTIN|
|1963||James A. WHITEBONE||Valerie BOURGEOIS|
|1964–1966||John F. MACMILLAN||Valerie BOURGEOIS|
|1967–1968||Paul LEPAGE||Valerie BOURGEOIS|
|1969–1972||Paul LEPAGE||Gregory MURPHY|
|1973–1979||Paul LEPAGE||Alvin G. BLAKELY|
|1980||Phillip BOOKER||Jean THEBEAU|
|1981||Larry HANLEY||J. Albert RICHARDSON|
|1982–1986||Timothy MCCARTHY||J. Albert RICHARDSON|
|1987–1990||Timothy MCCARTHY||Maurice CLAVETTE|
|1991–1994||John MCEWEN||Maurice CLAVETTE|
|1995–1996||Bob HICKES||Maurice CLAVETTE|
|1997–1998||Tom STEEP||Maurice CLAVETTE|
|1999–2000||Blair DOUCET||Maurice CLAVETTE|
|2001–2004||Blair DOUCET||Terry CARTER|
|2005–2006||Michel BOUDREAU||Terry CARTER|
|2007–2010||Michel BOUDREAU||Danny KING|
|2011–2012||Michel BOUDREAU||John GAGNON|
|2013–2014||Patrick COLFORD||John GAGNON|
|2015-Present||Patrick COLFORD||Charles ROUSE|
- http://fednb.ca/ official site.
- http://www.lhtnb.ca/00/en_welcome.cfm Labour History in New Brunswick
- Frank, David (2013). Provincial Solidarities: A History of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press. ISBN 978-1-927356-23-4.
- "Organized Labour and the Making of Public Policy in Twentieth-Century New Brunswick". Journal of New Brunswick Studies, vol. 2 (2011).
- "New Brunswick Federation of Labour".
- "Executive Officers of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour". Labour History in New Brunswick website.