70% support certifying unions with no further barriers if at least 55% of employees sign cards: BC poll

May 11, 2022
A new BC poll conducted by opinion research and communications firm Stratcom for the BCFED shows an overwhelming majority of respondents support single-step union certification.Seven in ten respondents (70%) agreed with the statement “If 55% or more employees in a workplace sign cards saying they... more

Hold negligent employers criminally responsible, BCFED says on Westray disaster's 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago today, 26 miners died in an instant when methane gas and coal dust exploded in the Westray Coal Mine in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County.To call this catastrophe unnecessary would be an understatement. Workers repeatedly warned about extremely dangerous conditions and practices; the... more

BC owes it to workers to protect their lives and safety: BCFED

April 28, 2022
The BC Federation of Labour released the following statement today on the occasion of the Day of Mourning: Every year on this day, we pause to remember workers who have been killed, injured or made sick because of their work. This year, we mourn 206 British Columbia workers who died in... more

Single-step certification removes barriers, ensures workers’ statute right to organize: BCFED

April 6, 2022
The BC Federation of Labour today welcomed the news that working people in BC will soon have access to single-step union certification. “Right now, BC is at the back of the pack in Canada, with labour laws that create unnecessary barriers to organizing,” said BCFED President Laird Cronk. “This... more

BCFED statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2022
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour today released the following statement:

BCFED welcomes inflation-fighting boost to minimum wage, calls for end to loopholes

March 14, 2022
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) Today’s announcement tying this year’s provincial minimum wage increase to the rate of inflation — a rise of 2.8 percent — is welcome news, BCFED Secretary-Treasurer Sussanne Skidmore said today... more

Want a sustainable, successful economy? Welcome more women to the decision-making table, says BCFED

March 8, 2022
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour released the following statement today: We are marking International Women’s Day at a time when women have been carrying more than their share of the pandemic. Over the... more

BC Budget 2022 recognizes central role of working people in our economy: BCFED

February 22, 2022
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) Today’s provincial budget shows the government recognizes the central role of working people in rebuilding our economy as we emerge from a time of crisis and uncertainty, the leaders of the BC... more

Throne speech signals are promising, but details will make the difference: BCFED

February 8, 2022
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The Throne Speech shows the BC government intends to continue making important progress for working people and a fairer province, BC Federation of Labour President Laird Cronk said today. “We’ll be... more

BCFED calls on government to move quickly on asbestos abatement reform

January 13, 2022
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour released the following statement today regarding the launch of provincial consultations on asbestos abatement licensing and training:British Columbia’s unions... more