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NLFL President Mary Shortall's Labour Day MessageThursday, September 3rd 2015

On Labour Day, we celebrate workers in our province, including the 65,000 unionized members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour. Their hard work and continued dedication makes our economy work in every community throughout our vast province.  You can read the complete message here.

Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Show the Unity and Leadership Harper Has Failed to DeliverWednesday, July 15th 2015

While the Premiers gather for their annual Council of the Federation meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, the presidents of Canada’s provincial and territorial labour federations are hosting parallel meetings where jobs, pensions, childcare, health care and climate change are the big-ticket items. However, with a federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015, this meeting of the Council of the Federation is the last opportunity for Canada’s Premiers to establish a national consensus and raise expectations on any party vying to form government.  Read the full media release here.

What is Privatization and Why Does it Matter? An NLFL Fact Sheet!Thursday, June 25th 2015

After decades of experimentation with privatization in different forms across Canada, the data is clear. On average it fails to deliver on its promises: in economic terms, in quality and access to services, in quality and quantity of jobs, and in transparency and accountability.  Download the NLFL's fact sheet on privatization here.

Privatization: What it is, Why it Matters. NLFL President Mary Shortall's OP-ED Piece from The Telegram June 23Tuesday, June 23rd 2015

With oil prices down, an aging population, and high unemployment the conservative government of Newfoundland and Labrador is looking for a silver bullet to cut costs for public services and infrastructure. Their sights are settling on privatization to be that silver bullet.   What is privatization? In its most narrow sense, privatization is the whole or partial sale of public services and/or infrastructure. It can include the sale of assets, functions or the entire institution. With privatization, the service or infrastructure becomes funded and/or run by a private corporation. you can download the entire OP-ED here.

NL Federation of Labour President Demands Action on Occupational Health and SafetyFriday, June 19th 2015

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) President Mary Shortall expresses her deepest condolences to the family and friends of CJ Curtis of Trepassey who died after falling 20 feet to a concrete floor. Shortall is also demanding the NL Government take action to reduce workplace injuries and illness. “Workplace accidents are preventable “says Shortall, “It is time the government took action. We need full enforcement of the law and tougher penalties, including criminal investigations when these needless fatalities occur. Employers are ultimately responsible to ensure the health and safety of their workplaces. When that does not happen, employers need to be held accountable for workplace death and injury.”  You can read the full release here.

NLFL and Community Partners Holding a Town Hall on Privatization and P3's #peoplebeforeprofitFriday, June 19th 2015

The NLFL, its affiliated unions, community partners and other trade unions are sponsoring a town hall which will be held on June 24th at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road in St. John's.  Come and listen to an informed panel and learn why the privatization of public services and P3's are just bad for the economy, communities and working people.  You can download the poster here.  

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour Submission to the Poverty Reduction StrategyTuesday, May 12th 2015

It is widely recognized that as a province, NL has made strides in reducing poverty, but there remains quite a bit of work to be done.  Download the NLFL's submission to the provincial government on poverty reduction here.