1st President (1995 - 2000)
Leroy "Duke" Hanna
Duke's recognition of the value of the talent and culture which is inherent in our Bahamian resources, and potential rightful contribution that this had to play in the development of our country, coupled with his own experiences and the blatant unjust treatment of the Bahamian musician and entertainer in their struggle to earn a reasonable wage, took Duke into his second life long profession as a Trade Unionist and workers' advocate.
Duke became active in the Bahamas Musicians and Entertainers Union and in 1970 was elected to the post of Vice President which he held for two years before he was elected President in May 1972. He now holds the post of President Emeritus and sits on the Trustee Board and is a member of the Executive Board. Duke is one of the longest serving Union Presidents of a Trade Union in the Bahamas.
As a Trade Unionist Duke was also the founding member, and Vice-Presidents of the Trade Union Congress. In his position as Vice-President on behalf of the workers of the country, Duke was instrumental in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the TUC and the PLP. His lobbing on behalf of Workers also helped to win for Bahamian the Constitutional right to join a Trade Union of Their choice when this was enshrined in the Bahamian Constitution in 1973. His signing of the Reciprocal Exchange Agreement between the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada made it possible for Bahamian musicians and entertainers to perform in the United States and Canada without hindrance.
In 1995 Duke, became a founding member and first president of the National Congress of Trade Unions. He held that post for six years completing his constitutional requirement in November 2001. He has been
His work on behalf of Bahamian workers also took him into the International arena; he was the Workers Delegates from the Bahamas twice as the ILO Convention in Geneva, Switzerland. He has obtained many special citations for his contributions to the Trade Union Movement in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. As President of the NCTUB he formed alliances and affiliation with the Cuban Labour Congress in negotiating a reciprocal agreement and signed a reciprocal agreement when representing the Bahamas at a Canadian Labour Congress Convention in Toronto, Canada in 1999.
February 2003, he opened a library at the BMEU headquarters, Horseshoe Drive. The Library, he says, "is the place Bahamians and others can come to learn about the various Bahamian artists and their music." He also opened in February a rehearsal room where musicians can go to improve their product
In 1998, he received the Silver Jubilee Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of trade unionism and labour. In 2000, he received an honorary Doctor of Human Letters degree from Richmond Seminary, Richmond, Virginia for his contributions "to the music industry and his country." In February this year, he was invested into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) M.B.E. during the Queen's New Year Honors.
Mr. Hanna is a 33rd degree Mason of Modern Free and Accepted Masons (Scottish Rite) of the World, Inc. He has served as treasurer, Worshipful Master of Squires of the Square Table 201; Deputy Grand Master and Grand Master of The Bahamas of Free and Accepted Masons and Stars. Three-time winner of Mason of the Year Award, he presently serves as Deputy Supreme Commander of the Imperial Council of Modern Free Mason.
2nd President (2000 - 20006)
Mr. Patrick A. Bain
Mr. Patrick Bain is an ardent Trade Unionist having been at the forefront of the Labour
movement for the past 34 years.
His struggle for the promotion of working class Bahamians have led to a number of socioeconomic and financial conference, explorations and programmes through North American, Europe, South Africa and the Caribbean. Indeed he has acquired a wealth of knowledge on human rights and resolutions, and emerging global Labour and economic trends and issues.
He has always been a human rights activist, a quality recognized by past President, Davis Knowles, who recruited him from ZNS Radio in Freeport. He has worked tirelessly with the Lions Club of Freeport and with the Grand Bahama Council for the Disabled for many years;and is currently a member of the Kiwanis Club here in Nassau. He is an environmentalist and speaks candidly on matters related to the preservation of our natural habitat. His enthusiasm for life has communicated to directorship in BASH and Brand New Hope; A programme for the proliferation of computer technology throughout the high schools in this region.
In addition to serving as the President of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union, Mr. Bain also serves as Chairman of National Workers Co-Operative Union, President of the National Congress of Trade Unions, Trustee of the Bahamas Hotel & Allied Industries Pension Fund, Director of the Bahamas Hotel Training College, and Director of the Bank of the
3rd President (2006 - 2010)
Bro. John Pinder
Mr. John Pinder was born in Nassau. His early education started at Sandilands Primary School , and L.W. Young Junior. He graduated from R.M. Bailey Senior High School in 1979.
Mr. Pinder was employed by Bahamas Government in 1981 where he took up the position of Audit Clerk in the Audit Department. He moved through the ranks to Accountant & Audit Officer and as Supervisor for the Revenue and Expenditure Section.
Mr. Pinder became interested in the Labour Movement in 1982, when he joined the Union as a member and later elected Shop steward a position he held for 10 years. He also served as internal auditor for the Union from 1996 -1999. In 1999 he ran for the position of treasurer and was elected. However Mr. Pinder was not satisfied with the direction the Union was headed, so in September 2002 he ran for the position of President and was successful.
Mr. Pinder holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with the McHari Institute.
Mr. Pinder is married to Margo Pinder formerly Sweeting and the father of three beautiful children.
President NCTUB from 2006-2010.