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.
Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour Condemns Austerity Budget and Cuts to Public SectorFriday, April 15th 2016
Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour President Mary Shortall said that the Liberal Government missed a great opportunity to implement measures that would benefit all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with the release of their first budget. Acknowledging the current fiscal situation facing the province, Shortall says there was significant room for government to move to improve the deficit and strengthen the economy without cutting jobs and the services that so many people in the province rely upon. You can read the press release here.
March 8th – International Women’s Day Tuesday, March 8th 2016
March 8th, is the 107th anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD). It is a day when we celebrate the achievements, past and present, of amazing sisters who have done so much to advance women’s equality. Read NLFL President Mary Shortall's letter to affiliates and leadership here.
NLFL Convention Synthesis Report Now AvailableThursday, January 21st 2016
The NLFL's recent convention "Safe at Work: Affirming our Rights and Dignity" proved to be valuable and timely for our affiliates and their members. The synthesis report for the convention can be downloaded here. If you wish to have full electronic copies of the presentations pleae contact the NLFL office at 754 - 1660.