Statements

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

Statement on National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2021
(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) This year we mark National Indigenous People’s Day with heavy hearts and a deep sense of responsibility. In the wake of the uncovering of unmarked graves of children on multiple Residential School sites... more

Statement on City of Vancouver’s drug decriminalization proposal

The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is committed to ensuring a safe supply of drugs and to working with all levels of government to decriminalize personal possession of drugs. This commitment was renewed with the adoption of resolution 181 at our 2020 convention. We have been alarmed with... more

Statement from the BCFED on the confirmation of mass grave of children at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School

May 28, 2021
We are heartbroken and horrified at the confirmation of a mass grave of 215 children at the site of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School on Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory.We wish to share our deepest condolences with the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, and all the families impacted by the... more

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