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Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour Appeals to Prime Minister Trudeau to #makemuskratrightWednesday, October 19th 2016

In a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour appealed to the federal government to respect the rights of the Nunatsiavut Government, the Inuit people and land keepers Iin their endeavours to "Make Muskrat Right”.  You can read President Shortall's letter here.

NLFL Brief to Advanced Education and Skills - Immigration Strategy ConsultationFriday, September 30th 2016

The NLFL has long advocated for an innovative and progressive immigration strategy for our province that enhances community sustainability, supports labour markets and population growth. Part of building such a strategy involves a solid working relationship with the federal government, one that allows Newfoundland and Labrador to work collaboratively with federal departments and officials to ensure we get a level of support that meets the needs of our province economically and socially.  You can read the NLFL submission here.

NLFL Submission to Climate Change Consultations for Newfoundland and LabradorThursday, September 22nd 2016

Climate change impacts are already being felt across Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador is projected to experience increases in temperatures, higher sea levels and increases in extreme weather. The only way toward a global solution is for individual jurisdictions to all play a part, including Newfoundland and Labrador. Climate change and how we collectively address it is critical issue facing our province. Public policy, education, investment and leadership today will define our province tomorrow.  You can download the NLFL submission here.

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!


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.