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New provincial legislation will help protect migrant workers from bad employers

October 23, 2018
Vancouver - Legislation proposed today by Labour Minister Harry Bains is a first step to end the exploitation of vulnerable temporary foreign workers (TFWs) by unscrupulous employers and labour recruiters, says the BC Federation of Labour. “We support the legislation because it includes a number of... more

BCFED President Irene Lanzinger won’t seek re-election as BC’s top labour leader

October 18, 2018
Vancouver—Irene Lanzinger, the labour leader who helped spearhead the fight for a $15 minimum wage in BC, says she will not seek re-election for another two-year term as President of the BC Federation of Labour at the Federation’s 58th Convention at the end of November. Lanzinger, 63, the first... more

LNG Canada go-ahead decision has practical workforce, apprenticeship and skills training benefits, says BCFED

October 2, 2018
Vancouver - The BC Federation of Labour is responding positively to today’s final investment decision to build LNG Canada’s Kitimat LNG facility. “While there are still climate change issues that the provincial government is working to address through its clean growth strategy,... more

BCFED outlines budget priorities for working people

September 21, 2018
Vancouver – President of the BC Federation of Labour, Irene Lanzinger, will present to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services this morning. “We are calling on the BC government to champion a budget that levels the playing field for working people,” said... more

Lanzinger to speak at Vancouver rally in support of 50 workers threatened with job loss in latest employer contract flip

September 17, 2018
BCFED President Irene Lanzinger will speak at a rally Monday afternoon in downtown Vancouver to support 50 Canada Line cleaners who are at risk of losing their jobs because of contract flipping around the provision of cleaning services at stations along the line. Lanzinger will urge the provincial... more

Universal, single-payer pharmacare plan the best solution to ensure all Canadians can afford prescription drugs, BCFED tells Ottawa’s advisory council

Vancouver - With millions of Canadians unable to afford to pay for vital prescription drugs to keep them alive and healthy, the BC Federation of Labour says it’s time for concerted national action through the cooperation of all federal, provincial and territorial governments to... more

Government taking positive steps to modernize taxi industry

July 19, 2018
The BC government announced this morning a first step series of measures that will modernize the taxi industry and lay the ground work to introduce ridesharing services at a later date. “Generally, these are positive moves,” says BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger, “and a good first... more

Canada’s Labour Leaders Urge Premiers to Collaborate on a National Universal Pharmacare Plan

July 19, 2018
National, Provincial and Territorial Labour Leaders encourage Canada’s Premiers to unite behind a universal, single-payer, public prescription drug coverage program. In addition to giving every Canadian access to life-saving prescriptions, a universal Pharmacare plan will free up money for... more

LRB rules against unscrupulous employer, rat union

June 21, 2018
Vancouver - The BC Labour Relations Board has issued an important decision that is a setback for employers who conspire with rat unions to prevent workers from joining a union of their choice. The case—decided by Labour Relations Board Vice-chair Bruce Wilkins—centers around the... more

BCFED President to visit the Cariboo on Monday in support of striking Mount Polley miners

June 15, 2018
Irene Lanzinger, President of the 500,000-member BC Federation of Labour, will be visiting the picket lines at the Mount Polley Mine site to support striking Imperial Metals miners. The workers, who are members of the United Steelworkers Local 1-2017, have been on strike for more than three weeks... more