Statements

Paid vaccine leave now a guaranteed right of every worker in BC

April 28, 2021
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour is celebrating changes to BC’s Employment Standard’s Act which guarantees three hours of paid leave for workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The government legislation received... more

Labour: protect worker rights, not gig employers

March 24, 2021
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The Canadian Labour Congress and provincial and territorial federations of labour find Uber's self‑serving proposal for Flexible Work+ dangerous, undermining and offensive to the rights and dignity of... more

Statement by the BCFED on the 2021 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2021
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The BCFED released the following statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination:

BCFED statement on the Vancouver Tenants Union’s No Rent Debt petition

March 16, 2021
Rental relief needed, renters require continued support through the COVID-19 pandemicThe COVID-19 pandemic has passed its one-year anniversary, and its devastating economic impact is still far from over. Working people continue to shoulder an enormous burden, with job loss and uncertainty... more

We can’t afford to wait. It’s time for paid sick leave for every worker in Canada.

February 25, 2021
Joint Statement by Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Federations of Labour: In advance of the federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers’ meeting, provincial and territorial federations of labour are united in demanding that provincial and territorial governments guarantee... more

BCFED statement on Black History Month

February 1, 2021
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) — Today marks the start of Black History Month. Every February, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of people of African descent. And as much as it's a time of celebration, it's also an occasion for... more

BCFED calls for solidarity “at every level” on Human Rights Day

December 10, 2020
We acknowledge that we are making this statement from unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories.Today is Human Rights Day, the UN’s commemoration of the signing of the historic Universal Declaration on Human Rights on December 10, 1948.

BC Federation of Labour calls for immediate action to protect Mi'kmaq fishers and their rights

October 20, 2020
On behalf of the more than 500,000 members of our affiliate unions, the BC Federation of Labour calls upon the federal government to take immediate action to protect Mi’kmaq fishers from the violent, racist attacks that they have endured at the hands of non-Indigenous commercial fishers.The treaty... more

Statement on Orange Shirt Day 2020

September 30, 2020
September 30 is Orange Shirt Day, a day for us to remember and discuss the legacy of the residential school system in Canada, and honour the Indigenous survivors and non-survivors of that system.It’s named for a story shared by Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, who had her brand new orange shirt — bought by... more

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.