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Fair Wages Commission gets started on hearings for the $15/hour minimum wage

November 16, 2017
Vancouver – The BC Federation of Labour is excited to participate in the round of consultations that start today regarding lifting the minimum wage in BC to $15/hour. “We launched the Fight for $15 campaign three years ago, and we are eager to see a $15/hour minimum wage... more

BC Federation of Labour welcomes the establishment of the Fair Wages Commission

October 5, 2017
Vancouver – The BC Federation of Labour welcomes today’s announcement on the Fair Wages Commission and looks forward to taking part in the consultation process. “We are eager to get this process started,” said Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour. “We welcome... more

BC Federation of Labour supports efforts to close tax loopholes

September 20, 2017
VANCOUVER – The BC Federation of Labour supports the efforts of the federal government to close tax loopholes that disproportionately benefit wealthy Canadians. “Tax fairness is a critical issue in Canada,” said Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour. “Current loopholes that... more

BC NDP budget update brings relief for working families

September 11, 2017
Victoria – Working families will see some relief and new opportunities based on the priorities set by the new NDP government’s budget update, says the BC Federation of Labour. “Finally we see a government ready to invest in vital public services,” said BCFED President Irene... more

Throne Speech highlights new approach that puts people first

September 8, 2017
Vancouver – Today’s Speech from the Throne highlights a new commitment to put people at the centre of government priorities, say BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger. “For 16 years under the BC Liberals people have been left behind by a government who put their wealthy... more

BCFED welcomes the re-establishment of a BC Human Rights Commission

August 4, 2017
Vancouver-The BC Federation of Labour commends the new provincial government on the re-establishment of the BC Human Rights Commission. For fifteen years, BC has been without a Human Rights Commission, which plays an important role in ensuring that women, persons of colour, LGBTQ... more

New government will work for working people in BC, says BCFED

July 18, 2017
Victoria-After today’s transfer of power and swearing in of a new premier and cabinet, “British Columbia has a new government led by Premier John Horgan that will work for working people for the first time in 16 years,” says BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger. “For... more

BCFED eager to work with new NDP government to improve worker safety after recent succession of tragic accidents

July 11, 2017
Vancouver-With a week left before the swearing-in of Premier John Horgan and a new cabinet, the BC Federation of Labour says it’s gearing up to work with the new government to address workplace health and safety issues, where urgent action is required. “While BC has been gripped... more

BC jobs numbers grow, but part-time work, concentration in Lower Mainland pose challenges, says BCFED

July 7, 2017
Vancouver - An increase of 20,000 jobs in BC for June is a positive sign for the economy, though the BC Federation of Labour says that underneath the strong monthly results reported today by Statscan are continued challenges addressing the high level of part time work in the... more

Plight of laid off Sears staff highlights need for stronger protections for workers nationally, provincially, says BCFED

July 5, 2017
Vancouver - The treatment under existing laws of thousands of laid off Sears employees highlights the need for stronger basic protections and employment standards for workers in Canada, says the BC Federation of Labour. Sears closed 59 stores and laid off 2,900 staff on June 22.... more