United Steelworkers president hospitalized after 156-km trek to St. John's

Published on September 11, 2017

United Steelworkers Local 9316 president Glenn Nolan in hospital Thursday, Sept. 7.

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ST. JOHN’S, NL – United Steelworkers Local 9316 president Glenn Nolan was hospitalized Thursday, Sept. 7, shortly after completing a 156-km trek to the Confederation Building in St. John’s from the Come by Chance refinery. 

He was protesting the union’s exclusion from process safety management at the facility.

Nolan and union vice-president Perry Feltham left Come by Chance refinery around 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, and arrived in St. John's around 2 p.m. the following day, where they had a meeting with Service NL Minister Sherry Gambin-Walsh. The pair biked and walked the distance.

Nolan, who has cystic fibrosis, acknowledged it was worth the sacrifice to bring attention to process safety management, of which the union needs to be a part.

"I wouldn't change a thing when it comes to representing the workers’ rights," said Nolan, who noted there has been no word yet on when he will be released from the Health Sciences Centre.

Nolan was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was 30, years after being inaccurately diagnosed with tuberculosis as a child.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs. It is, according to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the most common fatal genetic disorder.

There is currently no cure.