Opinion Editorials

On a physically-distanced Labour Day, let’s celebrate working people — and work together for a fairer BC

September 4, 2020
by Laird Cronk, Presidentand Sussanne Skidmore, Secretary-TreasurerBC Federation of LabourThis Labour Day is a lot different from past years. You won’t see the big parades, rallies and parties we usually have. Instead it’s small, carefully-distanced backyard get-togethers and on-screen virtual... more

Laird Cronk: From banging pots and pans: Let’s build a future that delivers more for all working people

April 24, 2020
Tonight at 7 p.m., in communities all over our province, British Columbians will step out of their homes. For just a few minutes, we’ll bang pots and pans, sing and cheer in a show of support and respect for workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To tackle economic insecurity, workers need a Jagmeet Singh NDP government

November 7, 2019
This week, Federal NDP Leader, Jagmeet Singh, joined striking hotel workers on a Vancouver picket line. He marched and chanted with hundreds of workers who had been out of work for over three weeks and voiced his support for their fight for safe working conditions, stable employment, and fair wages... more

BC workers should celebrate a remarkable year of progress

September 1, 2019 | Employment Standards
It might not be the chatter at your Labour Day BBQ, but make no mistake: 2019 was a remarkable year of progress for workers and their families in B.C. Let me explain. It starts with economic security. Tens of thousands of low-wage workers, the majority of whom are women, are now feeling the benefit... more

Laird Cronk: Labour law changes help restore fairness and balance

May 13, 2019
Proposed changes to B.C. labour laws will make a real difference for workers, particularly the most vulnerable — children, new Canadians, and the working poor.

Labour Cares about Fairness, and That’s Why I Support Pro Rep

September 25, 2018
I think we can all agree that government matters. And which political party controls the government affects the lives of working people dramatically. Just look back at the 16 years of the BC Liberal government – stripping of collective agreements, erosion of employment standards and labour code... more

BCFED Labour Day Op-Ed by Irene Lanzinger

August 31, 2018
Working people and their families will be celebrating in communities across the province this Labour Day long weekend. It’s the end of summer, and the one day in the year where workers’ contributions to our economy, our social well-being and our communities are recognized. Thousands will be... more

Fair Wages are Critical to a Strong Economy

November 24, 2017
The BC Federation of Labour launched the Fight for $15 campaign three years ago, making the basic argument that a person working full-time should not be living below the poverty line. Our campaign saw remarkable public support and, as a result, the NDP government has agreed to lift the minimum wage... more

Raising the minimum wage an important step in tackling poverty

April 1, 2016
Today is April Fools’ Day. It’s a day to tell a few jokes, have some fun and be a bit of a prankster. But today is also notable for something else. It is the day that British Columbia officially moves into last place with the lowest minimum wage in the country. That’s right – as of today, no other... more

Tom Mulcair and the NDP are the best choice for working people

October 15, 2015
This federal election campaign is not just one of the longest in Canadian history, it’s also one of the most important. After 10 years of lost jobs, cuts to vital public services, and the gutting of environmental regulations, it's time for change in Ottawa. That's why I am voting for Tom Mulcair... more