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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

Meagre WCB fine for tragic workplace death involving meat slicer criticized by labour group

Vancouver - Last year, a New Westminster pub worker met a tragic death when he fell on a meat slicer in the pub’s kitchen and bled out. Now, the Workers Compensation Board has found the pub owner responsible for a series of “high risk” safety violations that caused the workplace... more

Employers can’t subcontract away their health and safety responsibilities, top court rules

June 12, 2018
Vancouver - A recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling lays down the law on employer responsibility to keep workplaces safe—and be subject to penalties when safety violations kill or injure workers on the job, says the BC Federation of Labour. The court was ruling on an appeal from BC... more

BCFED’s Lanzinger available to speak to media about first major increase June 1 on path to $15 minimum wage

May 31, 2018
Vancouver-BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger will be available to speak with media about the $1.35 per hour increase in BC’s minimum wage that goes into effect June 1. It's the first leap in four significant increases implemented by Premier John Horgan’s government... more