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BCFED releases second Game Over Christy ad pointing to forestry job losses, minimum wage and corporate donations.

March 16, 2017
Vancouver - The BC Federation of Labour released this morning the latest in a series of 30-second Game Over Christy advertisements (https://youtu.be/1jH-8mybdMg) on social media. It again casts Premier Clark as a video game character who racks up bonus points for photo ops, but... more

Vigil Sunday in Abbotsford to mark 10th anniversary of tragic, preventable deaths of three farmworkers in van crash

Vancouver - Family, friends and community will gather at a special ceremony Sunday, March 5, in Abbotsford to mark the 10th anniversary of the tragic and preventable deaths of three farmworkers who were killed as they were being transported to work. Amarjit Kaur Bal, Sukvinder Kaur... more

Time to tell Christy Clark that it’s game over, BCFED urges voters in new election ad

February 28, 2017
The BC Federation of Labour says Premier Christy Clark has been playing working people long enough, and it’s urging British Columbians to tell Clark that it’s “game over” by electing a new government May 9. The BCFED released this morning a new 30-second advertisement on social media. It casts... more

Christy Clark’s minimum wage announcement: 10 cents an hour more than planned won’t lift 500,000 BC workers out of poverty

February 27, 2017
Vancouver - Responding to today’s announcement of a small increase in the minimum wage, BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger says “it simply isn’t enough to help address the plight of 500,000 low wage workers in BC.” The increase to $11.35 September 1, 2017 will still... more

Poverty Free BC week February 25 to March 4 to highlight need for government action to tackle rising poverty, inequality in BC

February 24, 2017
Vancouver - A week of events to highlight the depths of poverty and inequality in BC and the need for the next provincial government to take action through a concrete poverty reduction strategy kicks off in Vancouver Saturday, February 25. The launch event is a panel discussion on... more

Christy Clark budget: A few election goodies, but no significant investment in vital public services

February 21, 2017
Vancouver - Today’s BC budget offered a number of election goodies for voters—including a rollback of some of the massive increases in MSP premiums imposed by the BC Liberals—but nothing to invest in vital public services that have been cut over the past 16 years, says the BC... more

Throne speech glosses over fundamental social, economic problems for working people in BC

February 14, 2017
Vancouver - Today’s Speech from the Throne offered few concrete measures to make life better for hard-working British Columbians, nor did it deliver real action to address the growing poverty and inequality crisis that is too prevalent in our province, says the BC Federation of... more

On-the-job deaths of two Okanagan workers a sign government, employers need to do more to make workplaces safe

Vancouver - The BC Federation of Labour is renewing its call for the BC government to make workplaces safer after two more workers were killed in fatal incidents at Okanagan timber facilities in the past five days. On Friday, a worker at a log sorting facility in Lumby was killed... more

Insulators Union and BC Fed relieved BC Court of Appeal unanimously overturns BC Supreme Court decision that WorkSafeBC safety laws too “complex” to follow in dismissing contempt of court case against asbestos removal firms, owner over hundreds of safe

January 29, 2017
Vancouver – The BC Insulators Union and the BC Federation of Labour are extremely relieved the BC Court of Appeal has unanimously overturned a February 2016 BC Supreme Court ruling that WorkSafeBC laws protecting asbestos removal workers from the deadly substance were too “... more

BCFED seeks guarantees from Clark government for use of apprentices on public infrastructure projects

January 25, 2017
Vancouver - Yesterday, Premier Clark announced more than $13 million in funding to expand and renovate trades apprenticeship training facilities at North Island College in Campbell River. But ironically, Victoria has no tangible guarantees in place that apprentices will even be... more