CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier speaking at an event

“Voters should know what is in the Premier’s economic recovery plan before they decide how to cast their vote in the upcoming provincial election,” says CUPE NL President Sherry Hillier. “It would seem that the Premier is avoiding questions from workers, since he has declined the invitation to participate in the election forum to be held this evening.”

“We hope that all workers, unionized and non-unionized, will watch or take part in the virtual election forum tonight at 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour,” says Hillier. “Workers must have the opportunity to make their voices heard and truly represented in the Premier’s Economic Recovery Team report.”

The forum will be moderated by NTV News Legislative Reporter Michael Connors. Political party leaders and candidates participating in the forum include NDP Leader Alison Coffin, PC Leader Ches Crosbie, as well as Siobhan Coady who will represent the Liberals. Watch the live stream on Facebook at or at

“The Premier had it in his power to fix the problems that Federation of Labour President Mary Shortall listed when she, rightfully, decided to resign from the PERT committee. It’s a shame that the Premier chose not to address her concerns and make changes to the mandate that he gave to the PERT committee, which will ensure transparency, true collaboration, and that all perspectives will help shape our economy, for many generations to come,” says Hillier.