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Working people will benefit from bold affordability measures in BC Budget 2018

February 20, 2018
Victoria—The BC NDP government’s first full budget charts a new course with bold investments in housing and childcare that will make life better and more affordable for working people, says the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED). “For 16 years the BC Liberals made decisions that benefited their rich... more

Appointment of new Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Mitzi Dean welcomed by BCFED

February 15, 2018
Vancouver - The BC Federation of Labour says it welcomes the appointment today by Premier John Horgan of MLA Mitzi Dean as the newly created Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “It’s an important move to turn the tide on 16 years of BC Liberal policies that have hurt women... more

Throne Speech builds solid foundation to make life better, more affordable for BC workers

February 13, 2018
Vancouver – In its first formal Throne Speech, BC’s NDP government covered a lot of ground outlining a plan to put people first and address the challenges faced by workers across the province, says the BC Federation of Labour. “It’s a refreshing change,” says BCFED President Irene... more

Three-year wait for $15 minimum wage disappointing, says BCFED

February 8, 2018
Vancouver – The BC Federation of Labour is pleased that BC’s minimum wage will be boosted to $15 an hour, but disappointed that the Horgan government’s planned implementation timeline will see low wage workers wait three-plus years to reach it.

Labour code review a step towards balance and fairness for workers, says BCFED

February 6, 2018
Vancouver – A review of the BC labour code announced by Victoria today is a step in renewing the confidence of the labour movement in the code and its administration, says the BC Federation of Labour. “After 16 years of the BC Liberals, we urgently need to restore balance and... more

Appointment of new labour board chair, Jacquie de Aguayo, will restore fairness, balance at LRB says BCFED

February 5, 2018
Vancouver - The BC government’s appointment today of Jacquie de Aguayo as chair of the BC Labour Relations Board is a positive step that will help improve the tribunal’s credibility and foster better labour relations, says the BC Federation of Labour. “We’re pleased with the... more

Dave Barrett: A bold premier for a bold era

February 2, 2018
Vancouver - The labour movement is marking the life of BC’s first NDP Premier Dave Barrett, a friend of working people, and a politician who had a profound impact on our province, says BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger. BC’s 26th premier, Barrett led a reform-... more

Injured workers will benefit from enhanced WCB funding for advocacy and support

January 24, 2018
Vancouver - Today’s announcement by Labour Minister Harry Bains of increased funding for the WCB Workers’ Advisors Office is a small but positive step to do more to help injured workers navigate the WCB’s complex injury claims system, says the BC Federation of Labour. “It’s a step... more

BCFED President Irene Lanzinger to take part in minimum wage rally at Tim Hortons in Vancouver Friday

January 18, 2018
In support of Tim Hortons workers in Ontario, BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger will be taking part in a rally outside the Tim Hortons location at 1st and Commercial in Vancouver’s east end Friday afternoon. What: Irene Lanzinger at rally in support of Tim Hortons workers... more

Taxi, Uber workers need protections and level playing field if ride-hailing to move forward, says BCFED

January 9, 2018
Vancouver - In the debate about whether Uber and similar companies will operate in our province, BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger says workers need protection and a level playing field before ride-hailing is given the go ahead. Appearing before the select... more