Patterson Report could put workers’ compensation on the road to a long-overdue rebalancing: BCFED

August 26, 2020
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) Today’s release of Janet Patterson’s report on workers’ compensation in BC is a watershed moment for sick and injured workers, BCFED president Laird Cronk said today.

BCFED welcomes federal announcement of new pandemic supports — but it’s not paid sick leave

August 20, 2020
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC)The federal government’s announcement of new pandemic-related benefits and changes to employment insurance are needed and welcome, but are no substitute for permanent paid sick leave that all workers need,... more

BCFED congratulates new WCB Board Chair Jeff Parr

(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Territories — Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour offered its congratulations today to newly-appointed Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Chair Jeff Parr. “We’d like to welcome Jeff Parr to this important position at a crucial... more

Changes to Workers’ Compensation Act a welcome first step: BCFED

(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Territories — Vancouver, BC) Changes enacted into law today are a big first step in creating a worker-centered approach to health and safety and ensuring support for injured workers, BCFED President Laird Cronk said... more

WCB presumption decision a step forward; time will tell if it's a big one — BCFED

July 24, 2020
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)'s decision to presume COVID-19-related claims are workplace-related is a welcome step, the BC Federation of Labour said today.  "It's good news that the Workers' Compensation... more

BC Federation of Labour welcomes changes to workers’ compensation as a positive first step

(Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, BC) Today, the BC NDP government announced changes to the Workers Compensation Act arising from three expert reviews conducted in 2018 and 2019 by Lisa Jean Helps, Paul Petrie and Terry Bogyo. The Helps report responded to the two tragic... more

“Working sick isn’t working”: BCFED launches plan to ensure paid sick leave for every worker

(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) — With workplace COVID-19 outbreaks fresh in the minds of political leaders and the public alike, the BCFED has released a plan to ensure paid sick leave for every worker in British Columbia. 

Remembering Kim Manton

June 29, 2020
We’re heartbroken today at the loss of one of the brightest, warmest and most passionate people in our movement. Kim Manton passed away on Friday from cancer, but her spirit shone brightly right up the end. We’re so much poorer for her loss, and so much richer for having known her.

Pride 2020: A statement from the BCFED

June 26, 2020
We celebrate Pride in 2020 at a distance from each other. But that doesn’t diminish our solidarity with LGBTQI2S community members within our unions, in our province and around the world. In a year where protests have brought so many to the streets to oppose racism and violence, we begin by... more

Workers hit with temporary layoff extension need guarantee they’ll go back to work: BCFED

June 25, 2020
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) — With employers gaining a newly-extended temporary layoff period, the province must now ensure those laid-off workers have the right to return to their jobs when the layoff ends, BC Federation of Labour president... more