FFAW buys building for new HQ

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Real Estate Total cost tagged at $3 million

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW) will soon be on the move.

The union and the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board have jointly bought a large commercial building in the west end of St. John's to house their headquarters.

"It's kind of the same decision a family makes when they've been renting for a few years and finally manage to make the plunge and buy a place," FFAW president Earle McCurdy said.

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW) is moving its headquarters to this building a former grocery store and furniture outlet on Hamilton Avenue in the west end of St. Johns. Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers union (FFAW) will soon be on the move.

The union and the Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board have jointly bought a large commercial building in the west end of St. John's to house their headquarters.

"It's kind of the same decision a family makes when they've been renting for a few years and finally manage to make the plunge and buy a place," FFAW president Earle McCurdy said.

The property - at 368 Hamilton Ave. - is a former grocery store and furniture outlet.

The purchase price was $900,000, according to documents filed at the provincial Registry of Deeds. The seller was Hefferman Holdings Inc.

McCurdy said "very substantial renovations" will bring the total cost of the acquisition to $3 million.

The FFAW currently rents space in a building downtown, near the waterfront.

"From time to time, I suppose, over the last several years we've been sort of keeping our eye open to see if there's anything that might suit us, a place where we could start building some equity instead of just spending all of our money on rent," McCurdy said.

The union's current landlord recently increased rent charges, he added, helping spur the decision.

McCurdy added that parking is an issue for members who visit the current offices.

The union looked at properties downtown. "In a nutshell, it's out of our price range to buy downtown," the union president noted.

The new headquarters will be equipped with standard furnishings and office fixtures comparable to government office buildings, he said.

Roughly 20 people work at FFAW's headquarters.

The union will take up one floor of the two-storey building, with the Professional Fish Harvesters Certifi-cation Board occupying the other.

The board will sublet the portion of the office it does not need, according to McCurdy.

The union expects to move into its new headquarters by the end of February.

rantle@thetelegram.com

Organizations: FFAW, Allied Workers union, Professional Fish Harvesters Certification Board Hefferman Holdings

Geographic location: St. John's

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  • Tanya
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Where's the same righteous indignation when the Royal Bank moves into new digs? Oh, and Workplace Evolution, what has any of that got to do with the rights of workers? Do you honestly think that workers would keep all these gains if your brownshirts abolished the unions? Do you honestly think you wouldnt have a fight on your hands? Are you actually that naïve? Obviously you are either one of those who make profit from the labour of others or you are one of those snivelling apologist for your corporate masters who fancy yourself above the rest of the working class. I'm betting on the latter. Dont fall off your corporate ladder, youre bosses wont be there to pick up the little pieces.

  • Sean
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Bones ll: They are already paying rent - probably about the same as they will be paying for a mortgage, so why not buy, and then at the end of 20 years they will own a building, then no more rent. They will still have taxes and maintenance, but that will probably be less than their current rent. Also, they said they will be renting out surplus space in the building, so perhaps they will come out of it better in both the short and long term. Why not try to be a bit sensible and not slag people for the hell of it?

  • Fish Trooper
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    What a sham! Time to get everybody together to storm that building and occupy it for the long haul! Everyone, bring your sleeping bags and pillows! I'll call the fisheries minister and invite him too!

  • James
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Humm, who else was keen on outlawing unions? Oh right, a Mr. Hitler. Then he went after the socialists, communists, and intellecutals. The rest is history.

    If you look back at Canadas history youll observe that many of the rights and benefits we all enjoy were initially fought for and won by unions. The labour movement was in the forefront of the struggles for public health care, for public education, for minimum wages and employment conditions. We work 40 hours a week or less instead of 60 or more because unions periodically went on strike for a shorter work week, despite the warnings of employers that theyd never be able to afford it.

  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Gee --- All I ever hear about is The Poor Fishermen. Did they just win the 6/49 lotto ???????? However I'm glad to see they now have lots of money to spend. Now the fishermen can get their grimy hands out of my pocket.

  • Bones II
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Wow. They spend all this cash and they have fishermen all over the province looking to the government for a bailout?! If this doesn't scream how messed up the FFAW's priorities are, what will?

  • Unions
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    See what Unions are doing! Keep letting these organized gangs get away with things like this and look at what it has done for the average worker.

    Time we as Canadian are given a free and open vote to outlaw unions in this country once and for all.

  • Bones II
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Sean: Think about this expenditure and the timing of it. We have just, in the last month, been told by the fishermen and their union about the dire straits of their own industry and why taxpayer dollars are not only needed, but essential to save what is left of it. This has a bad look, a bad feel, and leaves a bad taste in my mouth after all the 'poor' talk by the union only a mere month ago. Why didn't they invest this money in their own membership or industry, you know, the very thing upon which they are totally and completely dependent?

    The fact that they've been 'sort of keeping their eyes open' for a space that suits them screams of one thing to me......more FFAW staff very soon in the future which means more begging for government money next year. Watch and see! It doesn't make sense to expand into a larger building and hire more people to look after and beg for an industry that has been steadily in decline for at least 2 decades, does it? The should be shrinking and moving into a smaller space.....just like the industry they represent.

    This announcement is ridiculous and will amount to more taxpayer cash next year. This story cements that in stone for me. McCurdy, your industry and its workforce deserve that money.....they sustain you!!

  • Never Join
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Hey James, I rather like working 60 hours a week. Guess I am not a lazy union worker.

  • Workplace Evolution
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Yes James thank-you for your efforts. But we now have a quasi-constitutional Human Rights Act, judicial system, lawyers, class action lawsuits, public opinion/real-time communications and people with formal skills and knowledge who endeavour to climb the corporate ladder in this day and age. Good-bye !

  • James
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    No, never join If you're working 60 hours a week you aren't a lazy union worker -- you're a sucker. If you expect everyone else to work 60 hours a week, you're a fool. If you have no quality of life, that's your choice. Now get back to work!

  • Tanya
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Where's the same righteous indignation when the Royal Bank moves into new digs? Oh, and Workplace Evolution, what has any of that got to do with the rights of workers? Do you honestly think that workers would keep all these gains if your brownshirts abolished the unions? Do you honestly think you wouldnt have a fight on your hands? Are you actually that naïve? Obviously you are either one of those who make profit from the labour of others or you are one of those snivelling apologist for your corporate masters who fancy yourself above the rest of the working class. I'm betting on the latter. Dont fall off your corporate ladder, youre bosses wont be there to pick up the little pieces.

  • Sean
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Bones ll: They are already paying rent - probably about the same as they will be paying for a mortgage, so why not buy, and then at the end of 20 years they will own a building, then no more rent. They will still have taxes and maintenance, but that will probably be less than their current rent. Also, they said they will be renting out surplus space in the building, so perhaps they will come out of it better in both the short and long term. Why not try to be a bit sensible and not slag people for the hell of it?

  • Fish Trooper
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    What a sham! Time to get everybody together to storm that building and occupy it for the long haul! Everyone, bring your sleeping bags and pillows! I'll call the fisheries minister and invite him too!

  • James
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Humm, who else was keen on outlawing unions? Oh right, a Mr. Hitler. Then he went after the socialists, communists, and intellecutals. The rest is history.

    If you look back at Canadas history youll observe that many of the rights and benefits we all enjoy were initially fought for and won by unions. The labour movement was in the forefront of the struggles for public health care, for public education, for minimum wages and employment conditions. We work 40 hours a week or less instead of 60 or more because unions periodically went on strike for a shorter work week, despite the warnings of employers that theyd never be able to afford it.

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Gee --- All I ever hear about is The Poor Fishermen. Did they just win the 6/49 lotto ???????? However I'm glad to see they now have lots of money to spend. Now the fishermen can get their grimy hands out of my pocket.

  • Bones II
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Wow. They spend all this cash and they have fishermen all over the province looking to the government for a bailout?! If this doesn't scream how messed up the FFAW's priorities are, what will?

  • Unions
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    See what Unions are doing! Keep letting these organized gangs get away with things like this and look at what it has done for the average worker.

    Time we as Canadian are given a free and open vote to outlaw unions in this country once and for all.

  • Bones II
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Sean: Think about this expenditure and the timing of it. We have just, in the last month, been told by the fishermen and their union about the dire straits of their own industry and why taxpayer dollars are not only needed, but essential to save what is left of it. This has a bad look, a bad feel, and leaves a bad taste in my mouth after all the 'poor' talk by the union only a mere month ago. Why didn't they invest this money in their own membership or industry, you know, the very thing upon which they are totally and completely dependent?

    The fact that they've been 'sort of keeping their eyes open' for a space that suits them screams of one thing to me......more FFAW staff very soon in the future which means more begging for government money next year. Watch and see! It doesn't make sense to expand into a larger building and hire more people to look after and beg for an industry that has been steadily in decline for at least 2 decades, does it? The should be shrinking and moving into a smaller space.....just like the industry they represent.

    This announcement is ridiculous and will amount to more taxpayer cash next year. This story cements that in stone for me. McCurdy, your industry and its workforce deserve that money.....they sustain you!!

  • Never Join
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Hey James, I rather like working 60 hours a week. Guess I am not a lazy union worker.

  • Workplace Evolution
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Yes James thank-you for your efforts. But we now have a quasi-constitutional Human Rights Act, judicial system, lawyers, class action lawsuits, public opinion/real-time communications and people with formal skills and knowledge who endeavour to climb the corporate ladder in this day and age. Good-bye !

  • James
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    No, never join If you're working 60 hours a week you aren't a lazy union worker -- you're a sucker. If you expect everyone else to work 60 hours a week, you're a fool. If you have no quality of life, that's your choice. Now get back to work!