About Danny Cavanagh

Danny Cavanagh, President NSFL

Danny was elected as the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, President on October 28th, 2015 taking over the reins of the federation from Rick Clarke who served 26 years as president. Danny has been active in the labour movement for almost 40 years. He was re-elected as President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour for a second term in 2017.

Danny has a long history in the trade union movement serving in many roles in his own union CUPE local 734, he was a long-time president of the Truro & District Labour Council and past president of CUPE Nova Scotia. He was served as a Regional Vice President of CUPE on its National Executive Board. Danny also served as a member of the NSFL Executive Council for a number of years prior to becoming President of the Federation.

Danny believes that it is labour’s role to be an active participant in the political process, to advocate and push governments to do more to help working families. The NSFL continues to fight for working families on a number of fronts, including advocating to make Nova Scotia minimum wage a living wage of at least $15-an-hour and taking the Provincial Government to court over its unconstitutional legislation that disregards collective bargaining rights by mandating wage freezes thousands of public sector workers.

Danny is a committed partner in strengthening communities and has served on:

  • The Board of Directors of Nova Scotia Health Coalition
  • Chair of the board of Literacy Nova Scotia
  • The Nova Scotia Minimum wage review committee

As a long-time activist in the New Democratic Party, Danny currently serves as 2nd vice president of the party and president of the riding of Colchester North. Danny believes in the importance of the labour movements working with the NDP to engage people to be more politically active and involved in our communities.

In solidarity,

Danny Cavanagh