Statements

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.

Pride 2020: A statement from the BCFED

June 26, 2020
We celebrate Pride in 2020 at a distance from each other. But that doesn’t diminish our solidarity with LGBTQI2S community members within our unions, in our province and around the world. In a year where protests have brought so many to the streets to oppose racism and violence, we begin by... more

Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020

June 19, 2020
June 21 is a day to recognize and celebrate First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. And while we celebrate Indigenous peoples, we must also recognize that these continue to be difficult and painful times. The promise and hopes for reconciliation raised over the past few years have often failed to... more

BCFED Statement on National Injured Workers’ Day

June 1, 2020
Every June 1, we stand with injured workers across Canada on National Injured Workers’ Day. And this year, that solidarity is especially important. The COVID-19 pandemic has put countless workers in danger of contracting a life-threatening disease – and too many of them don’t have the protections... more

Statement by the BCFED on recent police violence against Black community members

May 29, 2020
The BC Federation of Labour is angered and outraged by the recent violent attacks against Black community members locally, nationally and internationally. Police brutality and police murders of Black community members are a reality in our communities, one the BCFED recognizes the labour movement... more