October 28, 2019
JOHN’S, NL – Today FFAW-Unifor’s Joint Council ratified the election of new Secretary-Treasurer Robert Keenan. Keenan will now join President Keith Sullivan along with members of the Executive Board, Inshore and Industrial-Retail-Offshore Councils in representing nearly 15,000 union members from coastal communities around the province. The election was conducted as a result of the retirement of David Decker, who served as Secretary-Treasurer since 2003.
“It has been an honour to work with David Decker and learn from his decades of experience in service of the members of our union. I know that our coastal communities are stronger as a result of his advocacy over the past 30 years,” said FFAW-Unifor President Keith Sullivan.
“FFAW-Unifor has played a vital role in the social and economic wellbeing of our province. Even on the darkest days we have fought for good wages and the redistribution of wealth to tens of thousands of people. It is through years of action, resistance, resolve, negotiations, and sacrifice by our members, that we have maintained the vitality of many parts of rural Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Robert Keenan, FFAW-Unifor Secretary Treasurer.
Keenan continued, “Now, as we look forward to the next chapter, I am deeply humbled by the support of our councils and ready to fight for our membership in these unprecedented times. In the 2020 season, while the world was reeling, FFAW-Unifor members in processing plants and in harvesting, those in hotels and the industrial sector, all went to work and brought stability to many communities. We are proud of our members who have built one of the strongest unions in the country and will continue to stand with them as we face the challenges to come.”
“Our union is moving forward into 2021 stronger and more united than ever—with a team that is ready to work together to protect good jobs, strengthen the inshore fishery and support vibrant coastal communities in every corner of our province,” Sullivan concluded.