Statements

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

Solidarity with LGBTQI2S people is more important than ever

May 15, 2020
On May 17, we honour the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Since 2004, IDAHOBIT has served to raise awareness of the discrimination and violence experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and two-spirit (... more

In memory of Ralph McGinn, a champion for workplace safety

May 13, 2020
We're shocked and saddened to learn of WCB Chair Ralph McGinn’s passing on Monday. For many years, he has been at the forefront of keeping BC workers safe on the job: from his work in the 90s as WCB’s VP of Prevention, to leading the agency as President and CEO, and most recently as the board chair... more

Resources for workers during COVID-19

March 20, 2020
It is an overwhelming time.

BCFED office closing, but advocacy for workers in time of health and economic crisis continues

March 17, 2020
Laird Cronk, President of the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED), issued the following statement for COVID-19 The BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) is moving towards the closure of our Vancouver-based office as soon as practicable to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but our advocacy on behalf of... more

Vigil to commemorate farmworkers puts spotlight on worker safety in agricultural sector

March 5, 2020
On March 7th, families, community organizations, unions, and political representatives will gather to commemorate the tragic van crash that killed three farmworkers in 2007. Thirteen years ago, three women—Armajit Kaur Bal, 52, Sukhvinder Kaur Punia, 46, and Sarbjit Kaur Sidhu, 31—tragically lost... more

BC Federation of Labour Statement on the Situation in Wet’suwet’en Territory

February 7, 2020
On January 14th, 2020 the BC Federation of Labour called on the RCMP to step back and allow for government to government dialogue to address the concerns raised by Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, in an effort to find mutual solutions to the complex issues constituting this dispute. Since that time... more

BC Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with Regina Co-op Refinery workers

January 22, 2020
The BC Federation of Labour stands in solidarity with the workers that have been locked-out by the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina. Over 700 workers are fighting to protect their pensions against a highly profitable employer that is bringing in replacement workers. These workers and their... more