Briefs and Presentations

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour regularly presents to all levels of government on a broad range of public policy issues that impact our membership. In addition we also regularly present to other groups and organizations on the work of the Federation, which ranges to participation in public consultations on the budget, research to assist the work of our committees to research on prosperity and the distribution of wealth. This work allows us to inform both our members, social activists and others on the important work that the Federation does on behalf of working people in the province.

Labour Day EditorialThursday, June 18th 2009

Working people and their unions have made a significant contribution to Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador society.  Click here to read NLFL President Lana Payne's labour day editorial.

Human Rights BriefThursday, June 18th 2009

The Federation of Labour views the Code as an integral part of the safety net which protects workers from discriminatory employment practices. In conjunction with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Labour Relations Act, the Public Service Collective Bargaining Act, the Labour Standards Act and the protections found in many collective agreements, the Code has moved us closer to the goal of discrimination-free workplaces.  View the Federation's submission to the provincial government entitled "Labour Rights are Human Rights".

Green Jobs Discussion PaperThursday, June 18th 2009

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the global recession coupled with a resource-dependent economy have contributed to the closure, cancellation, scaling back or deferral of several major forestry, mining and petroleum ventures in recent months. While it is hoped that these initiatives are renewed, there are growing opportunities in the green economy that can add value to and extend the life of these resources and industries, while providing quality, sustainable jobs here at home that cannot be out-sourced or down-sized.  Download the Federation's discussion paper entitled; Good Jobs, Green Jobs: Exploring Opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Weathering The StormThursday, June 18th 2009

The global recession that has rapidly taken root in the past year threatens to leave no nation, province, or territory unscathed. Canada’s economy is already being battered by job losses, shrinking GDP, rising bankruptcies, a slowing housing market, and the return of public fiscal deficits. Thanks in large part to the oil sector, the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador has been more resilient to the current recession than most other Canadian provinces. But the effects of the global recession do not stop at the border, and new pressures are quickly coming to bear.

 Download the Federation's discussion paper: Newfoundland and Labrador - Weathering the Storm?

A Review of Rural and Regional Development Policies and ProgramsWednesday, July 23rd 2008

The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is facing both exciting prospects and difficult challenges. There is an economic boom concentrated in the Avalon Peninsula, particularly St. John’s, which is experiencing unprecedented economic growth and development that is expected to continue into the future. However, while Newfoundland and Labrador is emerging as a “have” province, the rural parts of the province face major challenges in developing new industry, dealing with out-migration (especially of young people) and population decline and preserving public infrastructure.  To help inform the discussion and debate around addressing these social and economic challenges, the NLFL produced a discussion paper looking at regional development policies dealing with similar challenges both within Canada and internationally.


You can download the document here.

Delivering on the Promise of ProsperityWednesday, July 23rd 2008

Newfoundland and Labrador has a proud tradition of making sure that no one gets left behind, in good economic times or bad.  Now that the province is on the brink of a major oil boom, the prospect of rapid economic growth raises new and challenging questions for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Will the excitement of greater prosperity translate into a better quality of life for the majority of our friends, family and neighbours? Or will the promise of prosperity prove to be an empty one – one that rewards a few at the expense of the many?

Download the discussion paper here.