Nova Scotia Federation of Labour

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Full name Nova Scotia Federation of Labour
Founded 1956
Members ~80,000
Affiliation CLC
Key people Danny Cavanagh, president
Office location Halifax, Nova Scotia
Country Canada

The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour (NSFL) is the Nova Scotia provincial trade union federation of the Canadian Labour Congress.

It was founded in 1956, and has a membership of 70,000 members up to May of 2017 when that grew to 80,000 members when the Nova Scotia teachers union joined. Its conventions are held every two years, normally in October. There is also an off year conference between conventions.

The majority of the labour unions in the province are affiliated to the NSFL with some notable exceptions such as the Nova Scotia Union of Public and Private Employees. Also, several building trade unions are not affiliated to the NSFL, instead they are affiliated to the Mainland Building Trades Council.

The NSFL campaigns on a variety of issues most recently including the Right-to-Strike, free and fair collective bargaining, defending and expanding Medicare, the manufacturing crises, creating quality, public early childhood education, supporting Buy Local campaigns and working with other social partners like the Canadian Federation of Students to reduce tuition fees and the Canadian Center Of Policy Alternatives on economic concerns.

The NSFL also supports the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party and many affiliates are nonpartisan.

Its current President is Danny Cavanagh and the Vice President is Jason McLean.

In May of 2017 for the first time in the history and under the leadership of President Cavanagh the 11,000 members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union passed a motion with a 77% majority to join the Federation. In April of 2017, the 600 members of CUPE local 3890 also affiliated.

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Further reading[edit]

  • David Frank, J. B. McLachlan: A Biography: The Story of a Legendary Labour Leader and the Cape Breton Coal Miners (1999)
  • Ian McKay, "'By Wisdom, Wile or War:' The Provincial Workmen's Association and the Struggle for Working-Class Independence in Nova Scotia, 1879-97," Labour/Le Travail, (Fall 1986), 18:13-62 online

^ Paul MacEwan, Miners and Steelworkers: Labour in Cape Breton (1976

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