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Please Be Advised That the NLFL is Experiencing Issues With its Telephone System. Thursday, March 16th 2017

If you are unable to reach us via telephone during office hours, please contact us via email at  We apolagize for any inconvenience and repairs should be completed shortly.

Budget 2017: A Strong Vision for Newfoundland & LabradorFriday, March 17th 2017

With the budget just weeks away, the current economic "Way Forward" of the Liberal Government in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) is impairing our economy for the sake of short-term gains, which are benefitting few people. The provincial government needs to adopt a vision of a sustainable economy that works for working people and residents of this province. It needs to abandon the austerity agenda, and take concrete steps toward that sustainable economy. It can do so in Budget 2017.  You can read President Mary Shortall's letter to the editor here.

NLFL President Part of Canadian Delegation at 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW61)Wednesday, March 15th 2017

Women’s economic empowerment is key to the realisation of women’s rights, and to achieving a truly gender equal world. It is about far more than women’s ability to participate equally in existing markets or their contribution to economic growth. Economic empowerment for women starts with guaranteed access to, and equitable participation in, quality education from early childhood onward. Economically empowered women have access to decent work, control over economic resources and over their own time, participate meaningfully in economic decision-making at all levels, and can access quality public services. Economically empowering women means building their autonomy to exercise real power and control over their own lives, so women can organise themselves for change in the world of work.  You can read President Shortall's article on this important event at

International Women’s Day 2017 #Be Bold For Change #Rise up for Change Wednesday, March 8th 2017

In 1908, the seeds of International Women’s Day were sown when women from the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union went on strike and demanded not just better wages and benefits, but better working conditions as well. Their demand for “Bread and Roses” has become the international theme for the women’s movement around the globe. Unions have played a key role in elevating the status of women in Newfoundland & Labrador (NL) and in our country.  No doubt about it: women need unions! Read the full article here.

NLFL President Mary Shortall Presents at the Provincial Government’s Minimum Wage ConsultationFriday, March 3rd 2017

Indexing the minimum wage is important, but indexing alone will not have a significant impact on reversing inequality or fighting poverty We need to review the minimum wage regularly with the goal of getting to a living wage. Increasing the number of working poor in our province is not good for anyone and working in a low wage job should not mean being poor or below the poverty line. You can download the NLFL’s submission here.

Employer's Council Plan for Drastic Austerity Will Not Build a Prosperous EconomyMonday, February 27th 2017

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) is adding its voice to mounting opposition to the economic solutions proposed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Employer’s Council.  "The Employer’s Council’s incredibly shortsighted plan of decimating public services and cutting thousands of jobs would bring sheer devastation to the provincial economy," said NLFL President Mary Shortall.  You can read the full release here.

NLFL Pre-budget Submission for Building a Stronger EconomyTuesday, February 21st 2017

Through our engagement with our members and their families, and ordinary citizens (your constituents) over the past year, it is clear that people want to see a budget with a long-term vision that puts Newfoundlanders and Labradorians first, a jobs-for-all budget, that narrows the income and gender gap we are experiencing, and sustains our communities and our environment. You can read the submission here.