FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 14th, 2018
Well-known fisherman Terry Ryan of La Scie is contributing $10,000 to FISH-NL’s Go Fund Me Campaign to raise enough money to force a vote for inshore harvesters to decide their union fate.
“It’s time we had a vote,” said Ryan. “I’m giving this $10,000 out of my own pocket to motivate other people to contribute as well. Fishermen and fisherwomen deserve the right to choose, and the fishery has never been in more need of a debate than right now over where the industry is headed.”
FISH-NL launched a Go Fund Me a month ago, and to date has raised $25,385 of a $75,000-goal. Terry's contribution brings the total to more than $35,000.
Most of that money is needed to pay for FISH-NL’s legal fees to argue its case before the NL Labour Relations Board, as well as for a battle at the province’s Supreme Court, where the FFAW-Unifor is challenging FISH-NL’s status as a union. The FFAW and its parent union, Unifor, have been using their huge financial resources to beat back FISH-NL, whose application for certification has been before the Labour Relations Board for 17 months. Still, FISH-NL keeps moving forward.
The Labour Relations Board has called a hearing to decide “which fishers should be included in the unit for the purpose of the Board deciding whether a certification vote will be held.” A date has yet to be set, but the hearing is expected to be held at the end of July or mid-August.
Contact: Terry Ryan 709 532 6638
Find FISH-NL’s Go Fund Me campaign here: https://www.gofundme.com/boots-on-the-deck