Jason MacLean, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

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Jason MacLean, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer

Born and raised in the working class community of Whitney Pier, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Jason grew up understanding the importance of diversity, fairness and equality. His mother is a community leader, a former school board representative and a retired Early Childhood Educator, and his father is a retired firefighter.

In 1995, MacLean began his career in the public service as a Corrections Officer first at the Cumberland Correctional Facility in Amherst and then at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility in Sydney. He became a leader in his Local of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees' Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) and soon was elected to the NSGEU Board of Directors, Provincial Executive, and became President in 2016. He was re-elected in May 2019.

At NSGEU, MacLean was a leader focused on solving problems and making the province a fairer, more equitable place to work and live. He was also a leader within the larger labour community. MacLean served as the 1st Vice President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour and the Executive Vice President of the National Executive Board for the National Union of Public & General Employees (NUPGE). 

MacLean was elected as NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer at its Triennial Convention in June 2022. 

MacLean was selected to attend the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference Program in 2015 and is a graduate of the distinguished Harvard Trade Union program.

MacLean enjoys spending quality time with his family: he is married and the father of 3 children: Tasia, Tyler, and Jalen.