Is the Real “Crisis” the Deficit or Unemployment? Labour Day Message – Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of LabourMonday, September 5th 2016
Workers in Canada have been celebrating Labour Day for more than 140 years. Today, Mary Shortall, President of the NLFL will participate in the Labour Day event at Swilers Rugby Club in St. John’s. Her message will be that on this Labour Day, unions in Canada have much to celebrate, but there are serious challenges ahead as the provincial government prepares to drop another budget in the Fall. Read the full release here.
Labour Day 2016: Fairness, Equality and Economies that Work for WorkersFriday, September 2nd 2016
Workers in Canada have been celebrating Labour Day for more than 120 years. We know that unions make positive change when we unite as one for a common cause. Workers’ gains are made through our political action and struggles. When unions stand up for equality and fairness, everyone benefits. You can read NLFL president Mary Shortall's Labour Day message here. The executive of the NLFL, it affiliates and 65,000 members would like to wish all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians a safe and joyous Labour Day!
LABOUR LEADERS ADVOCATE FOR VULNERABLE WORKERS, BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH PREMIERSSaturday, July 23rd 2016
Federation of Labour presidents have advocated issues important to vulnerable workers, and are continuing to build relationships with Canada’s premiers. Most full-time minimum-wage workers are living below the poverty line; it’s time for a raise – it’s only fair. “We have been very straight forward with the premiers about the need for a $15 an hour minimum wage,” said Mary Shortall, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL), “when workers earn a fair minimum wage it benefits their local economies and their communities,” she added. You can read the full release here.
NLFL Applauds Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) Expansion Agreement; Disappointed with Board of Trade’s OppositionThursday, July 14th 2016
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) is applauding the provincial government for supporting the recent agreement, last month, regarding expansions to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The expansion will mean a lot for the more than 11 million Canadians who currently have no workplace pension plan. It will make a particular difference for women, who experience high rates of seniors’ poverty, and young people who will experience the full benefit of the phased-in expansion over the course of their working lives. you can read the full release here.
BETTER TOGETHER: NLTA Releases Report on the Status of Public Education in NL Wednesday, June 22nd 2016
During the fall of 2015 the NLTA created a Panel on the Status of Public Education in Newfoundland and Labrador. This panel after significant consultation across the province and data collection, produced a report“BETTER TOGETHER: The Final Report of the Panel on the Status of Public Education in Newfoundland and Labrador 2015-16″ (click the link to download the NLTA report). The NLFL prepared a submission which was presented to the panel. You can read the NLFL's submisssion here.
Through a Gender Lens The 2016–2017 Newfoundland and Labrador Budget’s Impacts On WomenTuesday, May 24th 2016
The recently released Newfoundland and Labrador provincial budget has resulted in widespread protest about the government’s proposed austerity measures, including sweeping increases in taxation and cuts to programs. Austerity budgets aimed at deficit reduction often disproportionately hurt the poor and working families. In particular, women, who typically earn less than men and utilize more government services, are negatively impacted. Specifically, vulnerable women, such as lone mothers, seniors and First Nations women, suffer the most when governments engage in drastic cutbacks in programs. Women in Newfoundland and Labrador already experience significant gender inequalities; for example, they earn on average $4/h less than men. They have the lowest median income compared to women in any other province. The widespread cuts in programs will come with significant lay-offs within education and the public service; women with a decent income are more likely to work in these positions than in other areas. You can download and read the full report here.
NLFL Submission to HUMA Committee’s Study of the Employment Insurance ProgramThursday, May 19th 2016
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), like most of Atlantic Canada and those workers who are employed in seasonal industries, rely greatly on the economic stability provided by the EI system. In addition, due to the current recession and the austerity budget brought down by the provincial Liberal government, Newfoundland and Labrador’s reliance on EI is even more pronounced. As a critical piece of our social safety net, EI is vitally important in helping workers weather times of economic instability. You can read the brief here.