BCFED office closing, but advocacy for workers in time of health and economic crisis continues

March 17, 2020
Laird Cronk, President of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED), issued the following statement for COVID-19 The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is moving towards the closure of our Vancouver-based office as soon as practicable to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but our advocacy on behalf of... more

Unions issue urgent call for paid and protected sick leave for all workers in BC

March 16, 2020
(Coast Salish territory; Vancouver, BC): As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts and shuts down BC’s economy, the labour movement is calling on the provincial and federal governments to move urgently to guarantee paid, protected sick leave and other income supports for all workers. The... more

Protection for workers must be key pillar of COVID-19 response

(Coast Salish territory; Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is calling on provincial and federal governments to act now to ensure workers can adhere to public health advice around the coronavirus, without lost pay or the fear of losing their jobs. While BC’s... more

Vigil to commemorate farmworkers puts spotlight on worker safety in agricultural sector

March 5, 2020
On March 7th, families, community organizations, unions, and political representatives will gather to commemorate the tragic van crash that killed three farmworkers in 2007. Thirteen years ago, three women—Armajit Kaur Bal, 52, Sukhvinder Kaur Punia, 46, and Sarbjit Kaur Sidhu, 31—tragically lost... more

Labour movement celebrates announcement of paid leave for workers dealing with domestic and sexual violence

March 2, 2020
(Coast Salish territory / Vancouver, BC)  - The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is lauding the BC government’s announcement of five days of paid leave for workers fleeing domestic and sexual violence. Under current laws, workers fleeing violence face lost wages, making it harder... more

Budget 2020 invests heavily in public services and infrastructure, introduces new tax on the 1%

February 18, 2020
Lekungwen Territory; Victoria, BC - Budget 2020 introduces a new tax on the wealthiest and uses BC’s strong economic position to expand public services and social programs that benefit working people. With a record $22.9 billion in infrastructure spending, the budget continues a... more

BC Federation of Labour Statement on the Situation in Wet’suwet’en Territory

February 7, 2020
On January 14th, 2020 the BC Federation of Labour called on the RCMP to step back and allow for government to government dialogue to address the concerns raised by Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, in an effort to find mutual solutions to the complex issues constituting this dispute. Since that time... more

As Uber and Lyft arrive in BC, rights of ride-hailing drivers must be protected

January 23, 2020
(Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) responded today to the issuing of licenses to Uber and Lyft by the Passenger Transportation Board (PTB), emphasizing that ride-hailing companies must comply with BC’s labour laws and ensure drivers have minimum labour protections... more

BC Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with Regina Co-op Refinery workers

January 22, 2020
The BC Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with the workers that have been locked-out by the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina. Over 700 workers are fighting to protect their pensions against a highly profitable employer that is bringing in replacement workers. These workers and their... more

Labour organizations call on BC government to license asbestos removal firms after dangerous exposure puts workers, public at risk

November 20, 2019 | Health, Safety, and Compensation
VANCOUVER – The BC Insulators Union, Vancouver-New Westminster Building Trades Council and BC Federation of Labour are calling on the BC government to immediately license asbestos removal firms. The call comes after the BC Supreme Court sentenced a flagrant violator of safety laws... more