FFAW-Unifor COVID-19 Decision Making Structures
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we would like to take this opportunity to remind our members of the decision-making structures within the FFAW. Decisions are made by elected fish harvesters, as has always been the case.
Each week since the COVID-19 outbreak, there are dozens of teleconferences and video calls between FFAW Councils and Committee Chairs who are hard at work determining the best steps forward. As your representatives, they are there to listen to your opinions and concerns and relay them to the broader group.
The snow crab negotiating committee has been engaged with processor organizations in discussions about plans for delays or openings of fisheries as well as preparations for price negotiations. Additionally, this group and other members of FFAW leadership have been involved in preparing best practices and safety protocols for inshore fishing vessels in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we prepare for other fisheries, such as lobster, similar committees are meeting to have discussions about next steps for the fisheries, including discussions on opening dates, markets, prices and safety.
FFAW is led by the 16-member Executive Board, which is elected by secret-ballot vote every three years. Below the Executive Board there are two councils; the Inshore Council and the Industrial/Retail/Offshore Council. These councils are also elected every three years. The Union also has dozens of committees for every species all over the province comprising hundreds of elected fish harvesters.
These harvesters are the people making decisions on behalf of the people who elected them to their positions.
We encourage you to learn who your representatives are and bring your opinions forward. As always, your Staff Representatives are also here to listen to your concerns and will relay your messages to the Union leadership.