Statements

Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women

December 6, 2017
Vancouver - The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour, on the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women: “Today marks 28 years since the killing of fourteen women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. These... more

Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 1, 2017
The Government of Canada recently tabled the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. If passed by the House of Commons, the Optional Protocol would allow persons with disabilities in Canada to make a complaint to the United Nations if they believe their... more

Statement on the workplace death of 3 workers in Fernie

October 18, 2017
Vancouver – The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour, regarding the workplace death of 3 workers in Fernie: “Today our thoughts are with the families, friends and community of the three workers who were killed yesterday while... more

BC Federation of Labour Statement on Pride

August 3, 2017
The following is a statement from BCFED president Irene Lanzinger: Vancouver - The BC Federation of Labour would like to wish working people in British Columbia a happy Pride season. Already tens of thousands have celebrated pride in communities across the province including Prince... more

National Aboriginal Day Statement by President Irene Lanzinger

June 21, 2017
June 21 marks the 21st celebration of Canada’s National Aboriginal Day. It’s a day that acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of indigenous peoples and the rich heritage of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. In a practical way, this acknowledgement begins with recognizing the traditional... more

June 1, National Injured Workers’ Day statement from BCFED President Irene Lanzinger

May 31, 2017
Vancouver--“Last year more than 100,000 workplace injuries and occupational illnesses were reported in BC. It’s an incredible toll on workers and their families. June 1 is National Injured Workers’ Day across Canada, a day to stand in solidarity with injured workers for the... more

National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

March 31, 2017
As part of our support for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, we are encouraging affiliates and union members across the province to post information in their communities about providing testimony to the National Inquiry. Attached is a one-page document that... more

BCFED statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 20, 2017
The following is a statement from BCFED President Irene Lanzinger: “This year, on March 21st, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with a message on behalf of the 500,000 union members in this province and their families. To truly understand the impact of... more

BC needs a leader who will make life better for women

March 7, 2017
The following is a statement from BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger to mark International Women’s Day, March 8: “As we celebrate International Women’s Day for 2017, a provincial election that has profound consequences for women is just around the corner on May 9. How have women... more

Statement from the BC Federation of Labour regarding the tragic slaying of Winnipeg transit operator Irvine Jubal Fraser

February 17, 2017
The BC Federation of Labour is voicing its concern that governments across Canada must do more to protect worker safety, after a Winnipeg bus driver was murdered in an attack by a passenger on February 14. BCFED President Irene Lanzinger extends condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of... more