Tim McCarthy's leadership of the NBFL and David Coon's of the CCNB were crucial factors in this.
A member of the CPU later to become CEP, he was the president of his local from 1979 to 1988, president of the Campbellton-Dalhousie and District Labour Council from 1984 to 2004 and a vice-president of the NBFL from 1991 to 2001.
In 1990, the NBFL held a conference on the environment in Fredericton.
McCarthy chose not to continue as NBFL president in 1992 but continued to serve on the environmental committee for a few years.
51) Forestry workers in the NBFL had been reduced from 8,000 in the 1990s to 1,000-2,000 by this time.
At the 2011 NBFL convention, the Irving local in Saint John brought an emergency resolution to oppose, among other things, any reduction in wood quotas.
For organized labour in the province, climate change was dealt with sporadically in NBFL resolutions through the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.
Over the years, there had been resolutions brought to NBFL conventions: on tax deductions for energy efficient dwellings in 1980, on carbon emissions targets in 1990, and on green job creation in 1999.
For the history of the NBFL, see David Frank, Provincial Solidarities: A History of the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2013).
Information from interview with John Murphy, retired executive secretary of the NBFL (2 March 2012).
Information from the NBFL website accessed 20 June 2012, www.
John Murphy, who started working for the NBFL in 1972, was the first and only salaried staff person at the NBFL for many years.