Patrick Colford has announced that he will not seek another term as President of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL) during the organization’s bi-annual convention on May 26-29, 2019. Mr. Colford served three two-year terms as President of New Brunswick’s central labour body.
“Serving as president of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour and defending workers across the province has been the honour of a lifetime,” said Colford, “after six years of leading New Brunswick’s labour movement, to some of the biggest gains we have seen in decades, the time is right for me to step down,” he added.
One of Colford’s proudest moments, during his tenure, was when the Government of New Brunswick introduced Bill 4 in October 2017. This legislation amended the Industrial Relations Act, to include first contract arbitration. This was a big win for the labour movement. The NBFL had been lobbying the government on this issue for decades.
“New Brunswick’s labour movement has always punched above its weight, and I’m proud of what unions and their members have been able to achieve for all workers,” said Colford, “I leave the NBFL knowing that our 35,000 members will carry on with this work and will grow an even stronger labour movement,” he added.
Colford was first elected NBFL president in May 2013 and has been acclaimed to the position ever since. On Wednesday May 29, 2019, NBFL Convention delegates will elect their leadership to represent the organization over the next two years.
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Patrick Colford, NBFL President
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