Labour leader Barb Byers retires
With the conclusion of the 2017 convention, Sister Barb Byers retired from the Secretary-Treasurer position and elected leadership of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).
Among her many accomplishments, Barb has served the labour movement as an activist in her union (SGEU), President of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour from 1988 to 2002, an Executive Vice-President of the CLC from 2002 to 2014 and as Secretary Treasurer of the CLC from May 2014 to May 2017.
A committed trade unionist and social justice advocate, last December Barb was named a Member of the Order of Canada
"for her contributions as an important voice in the Canadian labour movement."
Barb began her career as a social worker in Saskatchewan where involvement in her union allowed her to begin a career of addressing issues of poverty, youth unemployment, aboriginal concerns, inequality, and labour rights. Through her tireless efforts,
Barb become a leading advocate for the rights of women and minorities, and h
er commitment and service to the Canadian and international labour movements are second to none.
"This remarkable labour leader and friend will be retiring from the ranks of the CLC leadership, but I have no doubt that her passion for the rights of working people will cause her to be active in the cause," said GSU general secretary Hugh Wagner. "We have not heard the last from Barb, and that's a good thing."
Barb and her partner Gerry Jones are returning to Regina to begin the next chapter.
We wish Barb the very best and we thank her for a job very well done.