Workers, particularly those in the seasonal sector, mobilized in 1992, 1994 and 1996 against cutbacks to the Unemployment Insurance Program. Throughout the province, new action committees were created each time to oppose the cuts.

After the 1996-1997 campaign, militants decided it was time to put in place a permanent organization. The Canadian Labour Congress and the New Brunswick Federation of Labour brought together some 75 individuals, both union and community activists, to a meeting in Fredericton on March 11, 1997, where they founded the New Brunswick Common Front for Social Justice.

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