As David Maher’s August 2nd column accurately stated, there has been a renewed debate about the merits of increasing NL’s minimum wage to $15.
Business, with their usual fierce resistance, attribute higher unemployment rates, business failure, and young people working for pocket money as the rationale for keeping workers below the poverty line.
CommonFrontNL claims that raising the minimum wage will benefit workers, especially women, their families, businesses and the economy.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) agrees in the urgency of incrementally increasing Newfoundland and Labrador’s (NL’s) minimum wage to $15.
They believe that reaching $15/hour is only the beginning of a long discussion about what constitutes a living wage in NL.
Furthermore, the NLFL advocates for a complete overhaul of a very outdated “Labour Standards Act”, and will be asking for just that when they meet with the Honourable Bernard Davis.
Here’s what we know:
Today the Presidents of the four Atlantic Canada Federations of Labour and representatives of The United Way in Atlantic Canada met to discuss and align common values, objectives and campaigns – and explore ways to continue working together with one voice on those common issues that make a difference.
The Presidents of Federations of Labour from across the country are in Saskatoon during the Council of the Federation meeting; to encourage Canada’s premiers to embrace a public, single-payer, universal pharmacare program.
“The evidence is clear – a public universal pharmacare program will provide equal access and coverage for all Canadians, reduce drug prices, and save billions of dollars,” said Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour President Mary Shortall. “The only barrier between Canadians and universal pharamcare is political will. That’s why we are encouraging provincial premiers to work with the federal government to make a public universal pharmacare program a reality,” she added. You can read the full release here.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour encourages employers across the province to #StandDown4Safety on July 5, 2019.
This event is a special effort of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Safety Association and is open to all workplaces.
“A safety stand-down is a voluntary event where employers speak directly to workers about safety. All workplaces can hold a safety stand-down by taking a break to focus on specific hazards that workers may encounter while working. This focus on safety allows open communication between management and workers to discuss hazards, controls, and specific company policies and procedures. A safety stand-down is applicable to all industries as everyone faces hazards at their workplace.”