Members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) have elected Jason MacLean as president, replacing Joan Jessome who has been the leader for the past 17 years.
In his first speech as president, MacLean spoke of his experience with racism in the workplace and how the union helped him.
“We are going to show the rest of Nova Scotia what NSGEU is and the diversity that we have in this union,” he said.
MacLean said the NSGEU still had room to grow.
“I don’t want us to be apologetic in who we are, in what we do, in the wages we make, the pensions we have,” he said.
“I want to say ‘Yes, we have that, you want to have it too,’ and I want us to be able to inspire the rest of Nova Scotians to be union members.”
The NSGEU is the largest union in Nova Scotia with more than 31,000 members.