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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

Clark jobs update offers little optimism for many BC workers

January 23, 2017
Vancouver - The BC Federation of Labour says the BC Liberal’s jobs update announcement this morning does little to address fundamental questions about the quality of jobs and how work supports families and communities. “It’s not just about the number of jobs an economy creates, it’... more

Construction worker’s death sparks questions about government, WCB commitment to worker safety

Vancouver - The tragic death of a Victoria construction worker on the weekend raises questions about whether the provincial government is doing enough to enforce rules to keep workers safe on the job and to hold employers to account when workers are killed or injured at work, says... more

BC Federation of Labour supports Vancouver women’s march set for Saturday

January 19, 2017
Vancouver-The BC Federation of Labour is lending its support to the planned Women’s March in Vancouver on Saturday, January 21, the day after the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. The event starts at 10:00 am in the Jack Poole Plaza at Canada Place. Participants will march... more