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No decision yet on FISH-NL certification application

['FISH-NL reached its GoFundMe goal to raise $16,000 after five days this afternoon. Fish-NL president Ryan Cleary said the breakaway group continues to receive support from around the province.']
['FISH-NL reached its GoFundMe goal to raise $16,000 after five days this afternoon. Fish-NL president Ryan Cleary said the breakaway group continues to receive support from around the province.']

The question of the legality of the Federation of Independent Sea Harvesters of Newfoundland and Labrador (FISH-NL) remains in the hands of the province’s Labour Relations Board, and a decision on the latest step in their certification process is not expected this week.

Glenn Branton, chief executive officer of the board, confirmed today in an interview with TC Media that all information is before the board, but the decision in the hands of adjudicators will not happen today. He could not provide a deadline or timeline for the decision.

Fish-NL has claimed it has enough support to win union certification, something long-time union Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) disputes.

The new group requires support of 50 percent, plus one, of the inshore harvesters in the province.

Fish-NL claims there are, at most, 4,743 inshore harvesters, but FFAW say there are 10,200.

Fish-NL presented 2,372 signed cards to the Labour Relations Board at the end of December, following a membership drive in the fall.

The Labour Relations Board was expected to release copies of Fish-NL’s certification application and then conduct an investigation of the application and the membership cards.

Related: http://www.thepacket.ca/news/local/2017/2/9/labour-relations-board-hearing-today-on-fish-nl.html

Related: http://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/2017/1/16/fish-nl-lashes-out-at-ffaw-for-not-releasing-membership-list.html

Related: http://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/2017/1/9/fish-nl-says-it-has-more-than-50-per-cent-support.html

However, according to Fish-NL, FFAW has challenged the legality of the new group over a “technicality” at its founding convention in October.

FISH-NL president Ryan Cleary noted in a Facebook post yesterday, that if the board rules in favour of FFAW, the application for certification by FISH-NL could to be “dead in the water.”

If the board rules against the FFAW challenge, however, the next step in the process would be a hearing to challenge the FFAW to release its membership list, said Cleary.

Branton would not release much information on the process or the status of the procedure, as it is still before the board for a decision. He did say, however, it is a priority item for the board.

Once a decision is made, it will be released to both parties and then, publicly, on the Labour Relations Board website.

Glenn Branton, chief executive officer of the board, confirmed today in an interview with TC Media that all information is before the board, but the decision in the hands of adjudicators will not happen today. He could not provide a deadline or timeline for the decision.

Fish-NL has claimed it has enough support to win union certification, something long-time union Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) disputes.

The new group requires support of 50 percent, plus one, of the inshore harvesters in the province.

Fish-NL claims there are, at most, 4,743 inshore harvesters, but FFAW say there are 10,200.

Fish-NL presented 2,372 signed cards to the Labour Relations Board at the end of December, following a membership drive in the fall.

The Labour Relations Board was expected to release copies of Fish-NL’s certification application and then conduct an investigation of the application and the membership cards.

Related: http://www.thepacket.ca/news/local/2017/2/9/labour-relations-board-hearing-today-on-fish-nl.html

Related: http://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/2017/1/16/fish-nl-lashes-out-at-ffaw-for-not-releasing-membership-list.html

Related: http://www.thetelegram.com/news/local/2017/1/9/fish-nl-says-it-has-more-than-50-per-cent-support.html

However, according to Fish-NL, FFAW has challenged the legality of the new group over a “technicality” at its founding convention in October.

FISH-NL president Ryan Cleary noted in a Facebook post yesterday, that if the board rules in favour of FFAW, the application for certification by FISH-NL could to be “dead in the water.”

If the board rules against the FFAW challenge, however, the next step in the process would be a hearing to challenge the FFAW to release its membership list, said Cleary.

Branton would not release much information on the process or the status of the procedure, as it is still before the board for a decision. He did say, however, it is a priority item for the board.

Once a decision is made, it will be released to both parties and then, publicly, on the Labour Relations Board website.

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