Statements

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

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

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:

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

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

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:

Statement: Solidarity in the wake of the storm

November 19, 2021
We’re writing to all of you to recognize and acknowledge just how wrenching the past few days have been to live through. We all have friends, family and colleagues whose lives have been upended by the floods, landslides and storms we’ve seen this week. The loss of life is tragic. And there has been... more

Statement on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2021
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is a day for all of us to recognize the legacy of colonialism and genocide, and how the practices that reinforce and amplify them... more

BCFED statement on the Kelowna crane tragedy

Today we learned that five people lost their lives due to the tragic crane collapse in Kelowna, and that more were injured. The BC Federation of Labour offers its heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of those five individuals who never returned home from work yesterday, as... more

Pride as Protest

June 23, 2021
As Pride month wraps up, it is appropriate to reflect on its origins, which are deeply steeped in protest. Pride was led largely by queer and Trans people of colour against police brutality enacted on community members. This year marks fifty-five years since the beginning of the Pride protest... more