Statements

Statement: Labour Day 2019

August 30, 2019
Labour Day is a celebration of workers, unions, and of our movement and a chance to reflect on our incredible achievements. By any measure, 2019 was a banner year for workers and their families in BC. Thanks in part to our ‘Workers Deserve Better’ campaign, the labour movement was instrumental in... more

Statement from the BC Federation of Labour on National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 20, 2019
This year, National Indigenous Peoples Day comes at a critical moment for Indigenous rights recognition in Canada and BC. Key legislation to entrench Indigenous rights, Bill C-262, is stuck in the Senate and Prime Minister Trudeau has abandoned his commitment to ensure it passes it into law. “This... more

BCFED 2019 Pride season statement: Leave no one behind

June 14, 2019
For the 2019 Pride season, the BC Federation of Labour is renewing its call for no one within the LGBTQ community to be left behind. “All equity-seeking groups within the Pride community should be welcomed, heard, and celebrated. Pride began as a protest, as a mechanism to free an oppressed... more

National Injured Workers’ Day statement

Vancouver - June 1 is National Injured Workers’ Day across Canada, a day to stand in solidarity with injured workers for the restoration of dignity, respect and justice. Workplace accidents have tragic consequences and a lasting impact on the workers who experience them. “Last year... more

BC Federation of Labour statement on the attacks in Sri Lanka

April 25, 2019
The BC Federation of Labour is profoundly troubled to learn of the attacks on churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka that claimed the lives of hundreds in their places of worship. On behalf of the 500,000 union members represented by the Federation through its affiliates, we condemn... more

BCFED Statement on March 21: The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2019
The following is a statement from BC Federation of Labour leadership Laird Cronk and Sussanne Skidmore: Today marks 59 years since 69 people were killed by police in South Africa while attending a peaceful demonstration against Apartheid Pass Laws. Every year since March 21, 1960, the... more

Statement on mosque attacks in New Zealand

March 15, 2019
Vancouver – The following is a statement from Laird Cronk, president and Sussanne Skidmore, secretary-treasurer of the BC Federation of Labour: “Today our thoughts are with the people of New Zealand after yesterday’s devastating shooting in Christchurch. While information is still... more

Poverty is a Human Rights Issue, and the BCFED Says it’s Time to Take Action

December 10, 2018
The following is a statement from Laird Cronk and Sussanne Skidmore on December 10th International Human Rights Day International Human Rights Day was established on December 10, 1948, the day the Universal Human Rights Declaration was declared by the United Nations. Today on the 70th... more

December 3: Celebrating International Persons with Disabilities Day

December 3, 2018
The BC Federation of Labour is joining with members with disabilities in celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities Day, and this year’s theme of empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

Statement about Pride from BCFED president Irene Lanzinger

August 3, 2018
We are well in to the Pride Season in BC; and as we gear up for the Vancouver Pride Parade this Sunday, we turn our minds to the recent local and international events that have shaped the global discourse on LGBTQ issues. We continue to work as a labour movement to make our organizations,... more