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2016 New Year Message from the President of the
New Brunswick Federation of Labour

For Immediate Release December 31, 2015

On behalf of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL), I would like to extend my best wishes to our 40,000 affiliates and to all New Brunswickers for the New Year.

This past year has been a busy one for our organization. From May 24 to May 27, the NBFL hosted its 52nd Convention at the Delta Brunswick hotel in Saint John. Delegates from across the province debated and adopted over 40 resolutions to improve the lives and working conditions of New Brunswickers.

In follow up to the Convention, the NBFL worked alongside its affiliates and community organizations to work on several issues. For example, the NBFL submitted recommendations to the provincial government regarding the Strategic Program Review and Phase II of the Legislative Review Governing Workers’ Compensation. We also submitted recommendations to the Child Care Sector Task Force and to the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing.

In August the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL) hosted its 15th annual Blair Doucet Youth Summer Camp. For the past fifteen years, New Brunswick youth have been coming together to learn, have fun and make friends at the summer camp. Since its creation in 2001, the camp has seen 341 participants. The NBFL is the only Federation of Labour in Canada to offer this type of learning experience, covering material not included in the New Brunswick high school curriculum.

2016 brings with it many changes for the New Brunswick Federation of Labour. The Executive Council is developing a strategic plan focussed on increasing the visibility of our organization. As a result, our office will be moving to a Moncton location with more visibility. Our web site will be revamped and we aim to improve our media and social media presence.

None of this work would be possible without the support of our affiliates. I want to take a moment to sincerely thank the NBFL affiliates for the work that you do in your communities and in the labour movement to make New Brunswick a better place to live and to work.

In closing, to all of our affiliates and residents of New Brunswick, I hope that 2016 brings you health, happiness and peace.

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In Solidarity,

Patrick Colford, President
New Brunswick Federation of Labour
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