News releases

BCFED stands with Ontario education workers, calls for withdrawal of Bill 28

November 3, 2022
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour today released the following statement: The Ontario government’s Bill 28 is a reprehensible attack on the fundamental rights of 55,000 CUPE Ontario School Boards Council... more

WCB changes are a welcome start, recognizing much more is needed: BCFED

October 31, 2022
Today’s announcement of changes to the Workers Compensation Act is a welcome start, while recognizing many of the changes injured workers need are yet to come, BCFED President Laird Cronk said today.“This is a step forward for injured workers and their families,” Cronk said. “It will make... more

BCFED President won’t run for re-election at November convention

August 25, 2022
Laird Cronk announced today that, after two terms as President of the BC Federation of Labour, he won’t run for re-election at the Federation’s biennial convention in the fall. “It has been the honour of a lifetime to serve as BCFED President,” Cronk said. “Together, we’ve made historic progress... more

BCFED announces boycott of OpenRoad Auto Group Limited, DBA Mercedes-Benz Surrey

July 6, 2022
The BC Federation of Labour today called on the public to boycott OpenRoad Auto Group Limited, DBA Mercedes-Benz Surrey in support of striking service technicians seeking their first contract. The service technicians’ union, Local 400 of ILWU Canada, launched limited job action on June 17 following... more

BCFED stands in solidarity with US communities fighting for reproductive rights in the wake of Roe vs. Wade repeal

June 24, 2022
June 24, 2022 The news of this morning’s announcement from the US Supreme Court officially repealing Roe vs. Wade came as no shock to us. Nevertheless, we are still shocked and disheartened that a decision repealing the human rights of over half the population of one of the world’s G7 countries... more

BCFED marks Pride as both protest and celebration

June 15, 2022
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) As the BC Federation of Labour and our member unions join workers and everyone else celebrating Pride this month, we’re mindful that Pride started as a protest.

Young workers to hold annual sit-in calling for restoration of Grant’s Law protections for overnight workers

Young workers will hold an overnight sit-in at a 24-hour convenience store in East Vancouver, pressing the provincial government to restore a law protecting convenience store and gas station employees who work alone at night.Event details:

New BCFED video spotlights injured workers’ stories to urge WCB reform

June 1, 2022
A new video launched on Injured Workers Day portrays the need for changes to BC’s Workers’ Compensation Board in stark terms.

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