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.
NLFL Marks April 28th – National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed and Injured on the JobThursday, April 28th 2016
Thursday, April 28th is the labour movement’s most solemn day. Across our province local unions and district labour councils have organized ceremonies of remembrance where workers, friends and families of fallen workers, employers and government representatives will gather to recognize the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. On this Day, we mourn for the dead, and always, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) will continue to fight for the living. Read the press release here.
Exciting Community Coalition "Common Front NL" launches in Newfoundland and LabradorThursday, April 28th 2016
Common Front NL – a broad-based coalition of labour, community, social justice groups and concerned citizens representing over 100,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, is launching “We Are NL” – a campaign designed to engage the broader public and government in discussions about options for a strong economy for NL (www.WeAreNL.ca). Read the press release here.