Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Brunswick Union's 40th Convention A Huge Success


On Friday, October 24, 2014, NB Union President, Susie Proulx-Daigle opened the Union's 40th Convention with 165 delegates and guests in attendance. The President's report in video format captivated the delegates and received a standing ovation. In her forty-minute video, Susie brought the delegates up-to-date on key union files including pensions, negotiations and campaigns like the Fairness Express.  


The all new interactive, and easy to navigate website was introduced. Delegates were advised to keep an eye out for our upcoming contest and a chance to win a tablet when they register through the new website.


Three new members on the Board of Directors were; Nadine Edwards from the NBCC Consultation and Development Component, Bill Koval from Medical Science Professionals and Carolyn Carter with APSEA.


All Directors, Presidents and Committee Chairs deposited their annual reports and  before closing for the evening, we remembered our brothers, sisters and Peace Officers   who lost their lives in the past two years with a Ceremony of Remembrance.


On Saturday morning, the first item of business was the adoption of the minutes from the 2012 Biennial Convention, after which popular speaker Meg Soper began the day for us  with a very lively, comical and entertaining presentation on how to deal with everyday stresses. She received rave reviews for delivering "a unique package of humorous  anecdotes, and stress busting strategies for everyday living."


NB Union membership voted in favor of the proposed Resolution to “Continue to work on improving work-life balance through collective bargaining”.


Elections took place for a number of NB Union committees including Finance, Scholarships, Respectful Workplace, Occupational Health and Safety, Women's and Code of Solidarity. Congratulations to all those new committee members.


The NB Union Finance Committee presented their annual report which included the Audited Financial Statements for the years 2012 and 2013, and the June 30, 2014 year-to-date statements. The Budgets for 2015 and 2016 presented by the committee were adopted by the delegates.


Delegates to convention adopted a proposed By-Law Change, to amend the component delegate selection based on a per capita formula. 

It was our pleasure to have Elaine Bernard, from Harvard University speak to us about international labor issues and her Labor and Worklife Program.


Following Ms. Bernard's presentation, a Resolution was adopted to continue to support the "Together FAIRNESS WORKS" campaign,  to continue to work with the labour  movement andother allies to protect labour rights as human rights and oppose any government attacks on unions, to work with the labour movement and other allies to oppose any legislation that is considered "anti-union" legislation (such as Right to work), and to work with the labour movement and other allies to oppose any attempt to change or eliminate the Rand Formula or to make union dues voluntary.


On Saturday evening the delegates arrived to be serenaded by Elvis before entering the “Ruby Red” Casino  with games, prizes, music, a candy buffet  and a photo booth for delegates to remember the evening with colleagues and friends.


On Sunday morning the Respectful Workplace Committee treated the delegates to a delicious breakfast before guest speaker, Elaine Leclerc, enlightened the convention attendees on multi-generational workplaces.


Leigh Sprague, Chief Electoral Officer for convention, presented the nominations  received for the Executive positions of NB Union.  Declared by acclamation were Susie Proulx-Daigle as President, Al Mullin as First Vice-President and Eliette LeBreton as   Second Vice-President.


Guest Speaker, Sally Wells spoke to the assembly about Respectful Workplaces and  Human Rights issues including numerous eye-opening real-life illustrations.


Convention wrapped up with the swearing-in ceremony of newly elected Officers and the  singing of Solidarity Forever