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FISH-NL Needs Immediate Funds or Will Fold

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) will close by the end of April and abandon a second attempt at certification unless inshore harvesters step up to the plate and pay their dues. “I'll say it again, FISH-NL can do this with you, but we can't do it for you,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “The FISH-NL executive is not prepared to lead a second membership drive that’s guaranteed to fail and it will fail without the support of ...

No Decision on Future of FISH-NL

Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board Yet to Rule on Application More than eight months has passed since the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) presented an application to the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board requesting that the organization be certified as the new bargaining agent for inshore fish harvesters, currently represented by the FFAW-Unifor. On August 1, the group was once again calling on the province’s ...

FISH-NL Launches Province-Wide Fundraising Drive

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) is today launching a major fundraising drive — Fish or cut bait — to support the break-away union’s certification application before the Labour Relations Board. “Fish or cut bait is an appeal to inshore harvesters — to the entire province — that if you want change in the fishery it’s time to step up and put your money where you mouth is,” says Ryan Cleary, President of FISH-NL. “We need all ...

Labour Board Rules FISH-NL is an Official Association

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) has said it has won the first battle in its bid to represent the province’s inshore fish harvesters. The province’s Labour Relations Board issued a ruling Thursday afternoon rejecting an application by the FFAW that FISH-NL is not an association under the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act. “If you were listening closely Thursday afternoon you would have heard the collective cheer of thousa...

FISH-NL Signs Up 2,372 Fishermen

Above photo: From left; Peter Leonard, Ryan Cleary and Jason Sullivan FFAW States Number Far Below Total Needed to Trigger a Certification Vote The future of the inshore fish harvesting labour movement in Newfoundland and Labrador is now in the hands of that province’s Labour Relations Board. Since its inception in September of last year, the up-start Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters or FISH-NL has been leading a boisterous campaign to break away from the established ...

Restrictions on Outside Buyers Should be Lifted

The following letter was addressed to Steve Crocker, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Dear Minister, As president of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL), I’m writing to propose that the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador lift all restrictions and allow out-of-province buyers into the provincial marketplace for all species. Further, we propose that restrictions be lifted on local fish buyers to permit ...

FISH-NL Pushing Forward

Start-up Union In the Process of Signing Up Members The Federation of Independent Seafood Harvesters (FISH-NL) officially became a labour organization at a founding convention in Gander October 27 — now the real work begins. The breakaway fishermen’s organization, lead by newly elected president Ryan Cleary, started officially dispersing union cards November 1. FISH-NL has been granted six weeks by Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Relations Board to conduct its membership drive — ...

FISH-NL Kicks Off First Leg of Provincial Membership Tour

Today the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) announced the first leg of a provincial membership tour, with stops in Labrador, Northern Peninsula and western areas of the province. “We have 15 formal meetings scheduled with fish harvesters from Port Hope Simpson, Labrador to Burgeo, Newfoundland, but we’ll be looking to meet fish harvesters wherever they gather — on the wharves or stages, in their kitchens and community halls,” says Ryan ...

New NL Fish Harvesters’ Union Being Proposed

Two public meetings are scheduled for next week to gage interest in a new union that would represent Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvesters, breaking away from the long-standing Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW). The charge is being lead by former Member of Parliament Ryan Cleary and well-known fishermen Richard Gillett of Twillingate and Jason Sullivan of Bay Bulls. The organizers kicked off the initiative at a press conference this morning in Petty Harbour, with about 20-30 ...

New N.L. Fish Harvesters’ Union Being Proposed

It is being labelled as a “David versus Goliath challenge.” A newly formed group is gauging interest in a new union that would represent Newfoundland and Labrador fish harvesters, breaking away from the long-standing Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW). The charge is being lead by former Member of Parliament Ryan Cleary, well-known fishermen Richard Gillett of Twillingate and Jason Sullivan, a harvester and town councillor from Bay Bulls. The organizers kicked off the initiative at a ...