George Nickerson Third Recipient of Owen MacLennan Trade Unionist of the Year Award

September 1, 2022

George Nickerson is recognized by the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL), in collaboration with Argus Audiology, as the third Recipient of the Owen MacLennan Trade Unionist of the Year Award. Argus Audiology donated $1,000, in the name of George Nickerson, to the NBFL Blair Doucet Youth Summer Camp.

“I am proud to recognize Brother Nickerson’s involvement in the local, provincial and national labour movement, as a member of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. He has held many positions within his union, both as a volunteer and as a staff member. He is also a skilled educator, having developed and facilitated several courses,” says Daniel Legere, President of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour. “As a union activist, brother Nickerson has been involved in the organization of local and national campaigns. He is also a skilled organizer, having participated in organizing transport service drivers at Canada Post and emergency medical dispatchers at Medacom in PEI.”

Brother Nickerson has been involved with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), in various capacities, for over 30 years. He has conducted organizing campaigns, negotiated collective agreements, been a union representative and a full-time campaign coordinator. In 2015, he returned to work floor as a letter carrier in Fredericton where he still works today. Since then, he has held the positions of the CUPW Local 54 President and Grievance Officer.

In addition to his leadership within his union local, George Nickerson is also involved in the broader labour movement, as an Executive Member with both the Fredericton & District Labour Council and the New Brunswick Federation of Labour. He also continues his work of developing and facilitating union education courses with CUPW.

“I attribute our success today to the strong work ethic that I learned from my Dad, believing that there is no task ever beneath me and that a hard day’s work is normal,” says Norma Eaton, Co-owner of Argus Audiology and daughter of Owen MacLennan. “Argus Audiology is proud to recognize George Nickerson’s leadership capabilities, his years of service in the labour movement and his ongoing passion for union education.” comments Bill Eaton, co-owner and son-in-law.

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In the photo from left to right: Bill Eaton, George Nickerson and Norma Eaton.

For more information, please contact:
Daniel Legere Bill Eaton
President, NBFL Co-owner Argus Audiology
506-857-2125 (w) / 506-381-8969 (c) 506-588-0995 (c)

Argus Audiology collaborated with the NBFL to create the annual Owen MacLennan Trade Unionist of the Year Award. It recognizes individual trade unionists who have made a significant and/or ongoing contribution to the labour movement. This award is created in the loving memory of Owen MacLennan who worked at Eastern Bakeries from 1951 to 1994. He had a strong work ethic and was an active member of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) local 406 in Moncton. Brother MacLennan passed away in 2010.

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