FISH-NL sets Dec. 29th as deadline for membership cards

FISH-NL sets Dec. 29th as deadline for membership cards


Tuesday, Dec. 20th, 2016

The Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH NL) has set Thursday, Dec. 29th, as the deadline for receipt of membership cards from fish harvesters around the province.

“Membership cards continue to pour in by the hour,” says Ryan Cleary, president of FISH-NL. “According to the legislation, our application for certification must be submitted by the end of December, so we’ll continue to collect cards until then.”

FISH-NL membership cards cannot by submitted to the Labour Relations Board after the application has been made. “We’ll have our shoulders to the wheel as long as cards come in — right up to the deadline,” said Cleary. “We don’t want to leave a single fish harvester behind.”

FISH-NL’s application for certification will be submitted to the Labour Relations Board on Dec. 30th, the deadline. FISH-NL could decide to submit a single application for certification, on behalf of all fish harvesters in the province, or submit multiple applications on a buyer-by-buyer basis.”

“Ultimately we’ll go with our strength,” said Cleary. “We’ve collected thousands of cards, with support from every nook and cranny of the province. Most certification drives have a minimum of 90 days to collect membership cards, but we only had 60 days, and we’ve done the impossible.”

FISH-NL’s membership drive began on Nov. 1, with more than 11,000 cards distributed to date around Newfoundland and Labrador by more than 250 volunteers.