The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour has elected long-time union activist Mary Shortall as its new president.
At a meeting of its executive council Thursday, Ms. Shortall was elected to replace Lana Payne who recently took the Atlantic director's post with Unifor. Shortall will begin her new job on Oct. 15. She is currently Newfoundland and Labrador’s representative for the Canadian Labour Congress, where she has worked since 2001.
Shortall acknowledged the dedication and passion that Payne has brought to the federation as president and thanked both Payne and former first vice-president Gus Doyle for not only giving the labour movement in the province a strong voice, but for contributing to positive gains for workers during their time in office.
"This has been and will continue to be a very active federation with an extremely strong and united executive,” said Shortall. “I am very much looking forward to working with them and our 65,000 members and am honoured to represent them as their president."
FFAW-Unifor President Earle McCurdy was also elected Thursday as the federation’s first vice-president.
The federation's triennial constitutional convention will be held in early December in St. John's.