Briefs and Submissions

Level the Playing Field: Investing in Workers to Build a Strong Economy

September 21, 2018
OVERVIEW The legacy of the former BC Liberal government is one of inequality, poverty and insecurity. We know that the affordability crisis, the rise of precarious work, and deep cuts to the services and programs people rely on have taken a toll on families and communities. The social and economic... more

It’s time for a Poverty Free BC: The critical elements of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for BC

September 21, 2018
The BC Federation of Labour congratulates the BC government for its commitment to developing a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for the province of British Columbia. BC has lagged behind other Canadian provinces in tackling this issue. The evidence is clear: our failure to act has had a... more

Fair and balanced labour laws

May 10, 2018 | Right to Join a Union
The new BC government formed a Labour Code review panel to fulfill an election promise to update BC’s labour laws. The BC Federation of Labour says that it’s time to restore fairness and balance after 16 years of the BC Liberals tilting the laws in favour of employers. To level the playing field... more

Fair and balanced labour laws

March 21, 2018 | Right to Join a Union
The new BC government formed a Labour Code review panel to fulfill an election promise to update BC’s labour laws. The BC Federation of Labour says that it’s time to restore fairness and balance after 16 years of the BC Liberals tilting the laws in favour of employers. To level the playing field... more

Apprenticeship Training - Failed Experiment

February 27, 2018
Problems in our skills training and apprenticeship programs are a distinctly made-in-BC problem. It's the legacy of 16 years of the BC Liberals mismanaging the system. Training for skilled trades was deregulated. Comprehensive training programs were chopped into modules. Hours of mandatory... more

An Economy for Everyone: The case for a $15 minimum wage

November 23, 2017
It is well documented that high rates of poverty undermine economic stability, and that low wages have a negative impact on working people, their families, and communities. In short, we all pay the price when a significant number of working people are earning poverty wages. We must turn this trend... more

Re-establishing a Human Rights Commission in BC

November 15, 2017
It is our hope that the BC Human Rights Commission will serve as a permanent institution safe- guarding the rights of BC’s residents and communities, while setting the bar on human rights edu- cation higher than it has ever been in this province.

Level the Playing Field: Building an economy that works for everyone

October 16, 2017
Budget 2018: Submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Through more than a century of political activism, workers have won many important legislative rights, including the legal right to form and join a union; the right to bargain collectively;... more

BCFED Recommendations Regarding Youth Employment

March 20, 2017
The BC Federation of Labour submitted the following recommendations regarding youth employment to the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel on Youth Employment. There is a significant leadership role that government can play to improve the employment rates of young people and ensure that they are... more

BCFED, affiliates press WCB to improve payments to injured workers

The BC Federation of Labour and member unions are calling on the Workers’ Compensation Board to improve award payments to workers who’ve been injured at work and left with a permanent or partial disability. In a recent submission to the Board, the BCFED spotlights the unfair way the WCB calculates... more