NDP Pledges First Contract Legislation in Labour Day Message

SaINT JOHN – NDP Leader Dominic Cardy announced that his party would pass first contract legislation if elected later this month.

Cardy made the announcement surrounded by Saint John area NDP candidates at the Saint John and District Labour Council Labour Day Parade and BBQ at Lily Lake Pavilion this afternoon.

“It is an honor to take part in this event to commemorate and remember the sacrifices workers made to help build this country,” Cardy said.

“It is important on this day that we remember that this work is not over. We should always be striving to make lives better for workers and working families,” Cardy said. “The NDP understands this and that’s why we would pass first contract legislation.”

New Brunswick would be joining the majority of other provinces in enacting first contract legislation, Cardy said.

“Workers have rights in this province to join a trade union. However, once a group of workers become unionized there is no law that requires employers to sit down and negotiate with them. An NDP government would change this. Because New Brunswick workers deserve better.”

The NDP will also introduce legislation to control the use of replacement workers during labour disputes.

These commitments will not have any financial consequences for the province.