La Scie fisherman Terry Ryan donates $10,000 to FISH-NL’s Go Fund Me campaign; challenges other harvesters to step up to the plate

Well-known fisherman Terry Ryan of La Scie is contributing $10,000 to FISH-NL’s Go Fund Me Campaign to raise enough money to force a vote for inshore harvesters to decide their union fate.

“It’s time we had a vote,” said Ryan. “I’m giving this $10,000 out of my own pocket to motivate other people to contribute as well. Fishermen and fisherwomen deserve the right to choose, and the fishery has never been in more need of a debate than right now over where the industry is headed.”

FISH-NL launched a Go Fund Me a month ago, and to date has raised $25,385 of a $75,000-goal. The bar has now been raised to more than $35,000.

Most of that money is needed to pay for FISH-NL’s legal fees to argue its case before the NL Labour Relations Board, as well as for a fight at the province’s Supreme Court, where the FFAW-Unifor is challenging FISH-NL’s status as a union.

The Labour Relations Board has called a hearing to decide “which fishers should be included in the unit for the purpose of the Board deciding whether a certification vote will be held.” A date has yet to be set, but the hearing is expected to be held at the end of July or mid-August.

Contact: Terry Ryan 709 532 6638
e-mail: [email protected]