News releases

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

Congratulations to the recipients of the Donna Sheaves and Kim Manton Memorial Scholarships

December 16, 2021
Please join us in congratulating the recipients of the Donna Sheaves and Kim Manton Memorial Scholarships, for the 2022 CLC Pacific Region Winter School. Cheryl Dow from ILWU Local 502 is the successful recipient of the Donna Sheaves Memorial Scholarship... more

“Injured workers deserve better”: BCFED launches campaign to fix Workers’ Compensation Board

December 13, 2021
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) A major new campaign by BC’s labour movement aims to ensure urgently-needed changes at the province’s Workers’ Compensation Board.“It’s been more than two years since the BC government received Janet Patterson’s... more

Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2021
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) — The BC Federation of Labour today released the following statement regarding the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:

Mandatory paid sick leave a milestone for public health, equity, and safe workplaces, but five days inadequate

November 24, 2021
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) Today’s paid sick leave announcement by the BC government represents a significant milestone — but still falls short of providing the coverage sick workers need, BCFED President Laird Cronk said... more