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Affordability and improved services in Throne Speech provide an opportunity to expand good jobs – BC Federation of Labour

February 13, 2019
Vancouver – In its third Speech from the Throne, B.C.’s NDP government renewed their commitment to improving affordability and expanding services for British Columbians. Key steps included the introduction of B.C.’s first ever Poverty Reduction Strategy, the full elimination of MSP premiums and... more

Hey Nanaimo voters, let’s keep a good thing going by electing the BC NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson

January 24, 2019
With advance polls open for voting in the important Nanaimo provincial by-election, the BC Federation of Labour is encouraging union members in the Hub City to get out to vote to elect the BC NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson. “It’s a crucial election and the choices are clear,” says BCFed President Laird... more

BC Liberals and the Plecas report

January 24, 2019
The Speaker of the provincial Legislature Daryl Plecas has released a scathing report exposing allegations about spending by the Clerk of the Legislature Craig James. James was appointed to his position amid much controversy by the Christy Clark BC Liberal government. The Plecas report revealed... more

March 2 Farmworkers Vigil honours three women killed in horrific work accident

January 24, 2019
Eleven years ago in March 2007, three women— Armajit Kaur Bal, 52, Sukhvinder Kaur Punia, 46, and Sarbjit Kaur Sidhu, 31—tragically lost their lives when a 15-passenger van carrying 17 women farm workers to work skidded out of control on the Trans-Canada Highway near Abbotsford, BC.

Debate about BC’s democracy a healthy outcome of PR referendum, says BCFED

December 20, 2018
Vancouver - The BC Federation of Labour says it’s disappointed by the results of the referendum on proportional representation, which favoured the no side. “But,” says BCFED President Laird Cronk, “the months-long debate about how to make our voting system more democratic and... more

Annual Labour Christmas Dinner ready to serve thousands on Christmas Eve

December 19, 2018
Vancouver - Union members and volunteers are ready to serve up to 3,000 people at the 24th Annual Labour Community Christmas Dinner. Media are invited to attend the annual event. Date: December 24, 2018 Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Locations: Maritime Labour Centre, 1880... more

BCFED supports proposed comprehensive asbestos handling rules, urges quick implementation action

December 19, 2018
The BC Federation of Labour is supporting the findings of a government report released today that—when implemented—will better protect workers from the severe health and safety risks posed by exposure to materials that contain asbestos. “After years of lobbying for government to take this issue... more

BCLI recommended revisions to Employment Standards Act fall short of needs of working people

December 13, 2018 | Health, Safety, and Compensation
As BC Labour Minister Harry Bains considers changes to strengthen protections for all workers in the province, a report and recommendations from a legal group fail overall to address the urgent need for change, says the BC Federation of Labour. Under the BC Liberal government both basic standards... more

BCFED Statement on December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women

December 6, 2018
The following is a statement from Laird Cronk and Sussanne Skidmore, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour regarding December 6th National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women: December 6th is a day where we take stock of society’s... more

Clean BC plan takes promising steps to address climate change, says BCFED

December 5, 2018
Vancouver - With the release today of details of its clean growth strategy, the BC government has taken a number of promising steps to chart a course for clean, sustainable economic growth that sets new and stringent carbon reduction targets, says the BC Federation of Labour. “... more