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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

Three hundred electrical trades workers vote to join the IBEW to gain the union advantage

January 13, 2017
BURNABY - The BC Federation of Labour is extending a warm welcome from the broader labour movement to more than 300 electrical trades workers who recently chose to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 213. The employees of Burnaby-based Trotter and Morton... more

Remembering the fallen workers of the Bentall Tower tragedy

Vancouver – The following is a statement from BC Federation of Labour President, Irene Lanzinger, marking the 36th anniversary of the Bentall Tower tragedy: “The BC Federation of Labour has a long history of advocating for healthier and safer workplaces for all workers in BC. Today... more

Asbestos Ban Long Overdue

December 15, 2016
Vancouver-The BC Federation of Labour applauds the decision by the federal government to move towards a comprehensive ban of the manufacture, import, export, and use of asbestos by 2018. “Credit for this decision should go to those activists from the labour movement, families, and... more

Marking UN Human Rights Day, December 10: BCFED urges all British Columbians to take up fight against hate and intolerance

December 9, 2016
Vancouver-The following is a statement from BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger to mark the UN’s 68th International Day for Human Rights: “It’s timely that a month after the election of Donald Trump—after a campaign based on intolerance, hate, and discrimination—we... more

Fraser Institute report highlights benefits of union membership

December 8, 2016
Vancouver - A report released today by the Fraser Institute offers compelling reasons for workers to join unions to improve wages and benefits, says the BC Federation of Labour. “Whether it is in the private or public sector, the report shows that workers who are union members have... more

Lanzinger, Ekman re-elected to lead 500,000-member BC Federation of Labour

December 1, 2016
VANCOUVER-President Irene Lanzinger and Secretary-Treasurer Aaron Ekman were re-elected for two-year terms to lead the 500,000-member BC Federation of Labour. “Together with Aaron, I’m proud to be able lead a dynamic and progressive organization with so many members who share a... more

Labour launches Better Can Happen Here campaign to bring political change in May’s BC election

November 30, 2016
VANCOUVER-The BC labour movement today launched its Better Can Happen Here political action campaign to elect a new government that will make life better for working families in next May’s pivotal provincial election. “Government can be such a positive force for change for... more