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Letter to the Editor - Recognizing Occupational Diseases and their Causes: Important Steps Forward for WorkersMonday, December 19th 2016

It is shocking to think that some 150,000 Canadians are exposed to asbestos at work, particularly in industries like construction, automobile maintenance, shipbuilding, trade contractors and waste management. Read NLFL President Mary Shortall's letter to the Telegram on the importance of recognizing occupational diseases to Newfoundland and Labrador workers here.

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour Happy with Presumptive Cancer Coverage for FirefightersTuesday, December 13th 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) is very pleased with the announcement by government and Workplace NL today to grant presumptive cancer coverage for both career and volunteer fire fighters.  “This is a great victory for our affiliates, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) who represent municipal and federal fire fighters in our province,” says NLFL President Mary Shortall.  You can read the full release here.

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour Convention Concludes with Election of New Executive CouncilTuesday, December 6th 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour‘s (NLFL) 2nd Triennial Constitutional Convention, concluded with the election of Executive Officers and Executive Council that will implement the many resolutions that were passed at the convention by delegates. “The Executive Council of the Federation is mandated, through political action, to ensure the resolutions adopted at convention are put into action,” said NLFL President Mary Shortall. “We look forward to working with our affiliates to make these resolutions a reality,” she added.  You can read the full release here.

Federation President Outraged with Assessment Rate Reduction Workers Overdue a Benefit IncreaseSaturday, December 3rd 2016

Mary Shortall, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour expressed her anger at yet another reduction to the Workplace NL employer assessment rate, when workers needs are ignored. “Workplace NL has one the lowest workers compensation rates in all of Canada,” stated Ms. Shortall, “Too many workers who lose time due to a workplace injury or occupational illness face a serious loss of income. The 2013 Statutory Review recommended a small increase, and yet nothing is done.You can read the full release here.

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour 2nd Triennial Constitutional Convention Celebrating 80 Years of Strong UnionismFriday, November 25th 2016

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) will be holding its 2nd Triennial Constitutional Convention at the Sheraton Hotel, November 28-30, 2016.  The convention also marks the 80th anniversary of the NLFL. Along with the regular convention business, there will be an 80th Anniversary Gala on Sunday evening, November 27th.  According to NLFL President Mary Shortall, the convention comes at a critical time for the labour movement in this province. “We have a lot of key issues to talk about during our convention. Our 300 delegates will put forth, discuss, and pass resolutions which will shape our work for the next three years.  you can read the full release here.

NLFL voices opposition to Bill C-27 - An Act to Amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, Which Represents a Dangerous and Immediate Attack on Future and Current RetireesMonday, November 21st 2016

Bill C-27, An Act to Amend the Pension Benefits Standards Act, 1985, represents a dangerous and immediate attack on future and current retirees and Defined Benefit (DB) pension plans in the federal private sector and Crown corporations. Bill C-27 was introduced without notice or consultation with Canadians, pensioners, or unions and proposes measures that directly contradict election promises to improve retirement security for Canadians. If enacted, it will have negative implications for private and public sector DB plans in every jurisdiction in Canada.  you can read the full release here.

NLFL – Canadian Federation of Students Day of Action, November 2ndMonday, October 31st 2016

On November 2nd, students and workers will stand together to call upon the provincial and federal government to increase funding to post-secondary education and address the skyrocketing cost of tuition across Canada. The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) will be holding a National Day of Action, where students from St. John’s, NL to Victoria, BC, will be taking to the streets to demand FREE education for ALL.  Read President Shortall's OP-ED from Saturday's Telegram here.