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VICTORY! Injured Workers Win a Raise

It is now official.

On Monday, February 26, 2018, The NL Government finally legislated an increase to the WCB Income Replacement Rate (IRR) for injured workers from 80 to 85%.  We acknowledge the Minister responsible for WorkplaceNL, the Hon. Sherry Gambin-Walsh for meeting with us, listening to us, and taking our concerns forward to government on our behalf.  Injured workers deserve no less.

The NLFL would like to thank all the affiliates, workers and allies who assisted and supported our campaign efforts.  Concerted political action does work.  We made a strong case, backed with solid background information, that increasing the IRR was long overdue and a matter of fairness and justice.

Our work remains focused on improving worker health and safety, and ensuring all injured workers are treated with respect and dignity.

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The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) represents 25 affiliated unions, 500 union locals and 65,000 working women and men in every sector of our economy, in every community in our Province.



For more than 80 years, the NLFL has worked to advance the rights of all working people. We advocate on issues such as occupational health and safety and workers compensation, ‘as worker and human rights. The NLFL also advocates for a strong public sector, improved public services, along with public policy and laws that support our principles of social and economic justice.


‘We Are NL’ is a campaign launched by Common Front NL, a broad based coalition of labour, social justice and community groups representing over 100,000 Newfoundlander’s and Labradorians. Together we represent the majority in our province who believe that despite the current fiscal situation, we can and we must have an economy that works for everyone, leaving no one behind.


Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour Welcomes Expanded Definition of Family Violence as a Good Start

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) welcomes government’s recent announcement to expand the definition of family violence; to include emotional, psychological, and financial harm, making the definition more inclusive and reflective of the reality for those who face violence.  While broadening the definition of family violence is an important step, the NLFL has been working with government to further strengthen the protections for victims of domestic violence in the workplace.   You can read the full release here.

March 16th, 2018|Latest News|

#PushforProgress Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour International Women’s Day Statement

International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8th, is a day when women the world over recognize, and celebrate, our achievements.  The theme for IWD 2018 is #PushforProgress, a nod to the growing global movement of advocacy, activism, and support surrounding gender parity and sexism. Inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the aim of the theme is to encourage people to continue the vocal fight for equality.  IWD is a Day when we remember those who have blazed the trail before us, inside and outside our labour movement.

You can NLFL president Mary Shortall’s #IWD2018 statement here.

March 8th, 2018|Latest News, Presidents Blog, Uncategorized|

Indexing the Third Lowest Minimum Wage in Canada, Will Entrench Workers’ Poverty: Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) expressed deep disappointment at Tuesday’s announcement by Labour Minister Hawkins, regarding the province’s minimum wage.  NLFL President Mary Shortall stated, that the plan to index the minimum wage once a year, based solely on the national Cost of Living, falls far short of what minimum wage workers in Newfoundland & Labrador (NL) deserve, and need, in order to lift them out of poverty.  Read the full release here.

February 21st, 2018|Latest News, Uncategorized|


The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) Sector Council Project was established in 2007 to promote and support the development of sector safety councils in the province.