Lana Payne brings two decades of dedication to Atlantic workers to her position of Atlantic Director of Unifor.
Lana found her home in the labour movement in 1991 as a member of the CAW/FFAW. Lana is a proud feminist and activist.
She worked for CAW/FFAW for 17 years in research, servicing, public policy, campaigns and communications. The CAW, along with CEP, is one of Unifor’s founding unions. In 2008, Lana was elected president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, and was re-elected in 2010.
In her five years with the NLFL, the federation made many gains, including changes to the labour code, stronger health and safety laws, minimum wage increases and investments in childcare. Under her leadership, the federation built strong coalitions and raised the profile and political voice of the labour movement.
In 2014, she was named one of Canada’s 23 Bold Women of Vision. She is a vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress, representing Unifor with National President Jerry Dias,
Before joining the union in 1991, Lana was a journalist for The Sunday Express and The St. John’s Telegram. She continues to write a bi-weekly column for The Telegram.