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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

BCFED respectfully urges Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor to invite John Horgan to form government

June 29, 2017
In the aftermath of the confidence vote defeat of Premier Christy Clark in the Legislature today, BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger has written the province’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, respectfully urging her to invite BC NDP leader John Horgan to form a... more

BCFED offers free English classes in Richmond, Vancouver to promote safer workplaces

Vancouver - The BC Federation of Labour is offering free English as an Additional Language (EAL) courses to help new English language speakers in the workforce and promote improved workplace health and safety. In Vancouver, the course runs from 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm Tuesdays and... more

Silver lining in brazen, desperate throne speech is that Clark game over countdown begins, says BCFED

June 22, 2017
Vancouver-Today’s throne speech, loaded with promises that the BC Liberals had rejected just weeks ago, defies belief and is a brazen, desperate effort to cling to power by Christy Clark, says the BC Federation of Labour. “I think the vast majority of British Columbians will see it... more

NDP, Green agreement for majority government paves way for profound change to make BC better, says BCFED

May 29, 2017
Vancouver-The pact announced today that paves the way for a progressive majority government and a partnership between the BC NDP and the BC Greens creates an historic opportunity for lasting and profound change in our province, says BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger... more

Final BC vote outcome an historic opportunity for change, says BCFED

May 24, 2017
Vancouver--The conclusion of Elections BC’s final count of voting results today creates an historic opportunity for lasting and profound change in our province, says BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger. “I’m optimistic that negotiators for the BC NDP and the Greens... more

BCFED launches finale in Game Over Christy Clark ad campaign

May 2, 2017
Vancouver-With only a few days left before Election Day on May 9, the BC Federation of Labour released this morning the finale in the animated Game Over Christy ad trilogy. The ad can be seen here: https://youtu.be/jcU7GiIXp4o. The popular social media video series has racked up... more

BCFED demands action from government to keep workers safe in Day of Mourning march at Legislature

Labour activists today marched on the legislature in Victoria carrying 100 coffins to mark April 28th the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or seriously injured on the job, and to demand action from the provincial government to do more to keep workers safe on the job. “We extend our... more

Unemployment in BC rises, province leads country in precarious part-time work—March job stats

April 7, 2017
Vancouver - The ranks of unemployed workers in BC grew as full-time jobs declined slightly, while BC leads the country in the prevalence of precarious part-time work, according to March jobs numbers released today by Statistics Canada. Almost 10,000 more British Columbians were out... more

BCFED demands answers from Clark government over small fine for safety violations that caused worker’s death

April 4, 2017
Vancouver-The BC Federation of Labour is demanding answers from Premier Clark’s labour minister, Shirley Bond, about a paltry fine assessed against a big Vancouver property development firm whose serious violation of health and safety rules caused the death of a Kamloops... more