Statements

Statement from the BC Federation of Labour regarding the tragic slaying of Winnipeg transit operator Irvine Jubal Fraser

February 17, 2017
The BC Federation of Labour is voicing its concern that governments across Canada must do more to protect worker safety, after a Winnipeg bus driver was murdered in an attack by a passenger on February 14. BCFED President Irene Lanzinger extends condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of... more

BCFED Statement on Black History Month

February 2, 2017
The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour. “The month of February 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the celebration of Black History Month in Canada. As we continue to bear witness to the ongoing struggle for equitable treatment of black people in... more

BCFED Statement in response to the terrorist attack against Muslims at Quebec City mosque

January 31, 2017
The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour: “To the victims and their families of the January 29th terrorist attack on the Centre Cultural Islamique de Quebec which took the lives of Abdelkrim Hassane, 41, Mamadou Tanou Barry, 42, Ibrahima Barry, 39... more

Statement from Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour to commemorate December 6

December 6, 2016
Vancouver-The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour, to commemorate December 6:

BC Federation of Labour Statement on December 3 International Day of Persons With Disabilities

December 2, 2016
Vancouver-The following is a statement from BCFED president Irene Lanzinger: “One of the fundamental missions of the BC Federation of Labour and the labour movement in our province is to strive to make all workplaces safe for workers with disabilities. So on this important date,... more

Statement by BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger on the US election result

November 9, 2016
In what will emerge as uncertain times, there is a cautionary message that needs to be heeded in the US election results. The unexpected triumph of Donald Trump rests on the deep seated desire for change by many Americans—including working people. And while it remains to be seen what the outcome... more

BC NDP commits to Aboriginal peoples’ rights and reconciliation

September 22, 2016
The BC Federation of Labour says that commitments made today by the BC NDP to First Nations leaders will address historic wrongs, come to grips with contemporary injustice and chart a path for reconciliation. Speaking at the Union of BC Indian Chiefs annual meeting in Vancouver, party leader John... more

BC Federation of Labour Statement on Pride

July 30, 2016
Vancouver – The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour, regarding Pride events in British Columbia: “Pride Season is in full swing and events have been taking place across the province that celebrate our diversity and continue to... more

BCFED marks National Day of Reconciliation

June 11, 2016
Vancouver – June 11 is the National Day of Reconciliation, marking the federal government’s apology in 2008 to the indigenous people harmed by the residential school system. The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour: “June 11 is an... more

Injured Workers’ Day Highlights Need for Improved Compensation System

May 31, 2016
Vancouver – June 1 is National Injured Workers’ Day, a day to stand in solidarity with injured workers for the restoration of dignity, respect and justice. The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, President of the BC Federation of Labour: “Every year the BC Federation of... more