Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Animal Protection Officers join NBU

The New Brunswick Union (NBU) is pleased to announce SPCA Animal Protection Officers have successfully unionized.
The NBU recently applied to the provincial Labour and Employment Board to become the official bargaining agent for the officers. The application was successful and the certification order was granted on June 2, 2022.
Animal Protection Officers investigate allegations regarding animal cruelty and neglect.
The New Brunswick SPCA website states, “Animal Protection Officers have the same authority as police officers when enforcing legislation, particularly the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1997, C.27, S.1) and the Criminal Code of Canada. The NBSPCA Animal Protection Officers provide frontline protection for animals across New Brunswick by responding to nearly 4,000 animal cruelty and neglect complaints each year. Actions taken after investigating a call are progressive, from providing education initially, to issuing a compliance notice, to seizing an animal, to laying charges where circumstances warrant.”
President of the NBU Susie Proulx-Daigle said the union represents other workers in enforcement roles, so it was a natural fit.
“We’re very proud to represent these officers and support the important work they do,” said Proulx-Daigle. “They’re joining our NBU family and we’re excited to get to work on their behalf.”