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OP-ED: Newfoundland & Labrador Now Has the Second Lowest Minimum Wage in Canada

On October 1st, Newfoundland and Labrador became the province with the second lowest minimum wage in the country.  In a province that has over 13,000 minimum wage workers (the majority of which are women), we need to commit to doing better for minimum wage workers and work towards a $15 minimum wage now.

 

A minimum wage worker in our province working a 40-hour week earns $23,712 annually, which guarantees them remaining as part of the working poor.  Our government’s answer to addressing a low minimum wage is to increase the wage based on the previous annual rate of inflation for Canada.  Based on last year’s rate of inflation, that would increase the wage to around $11.65, an increase of $10 a week.  A recent report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) found that a minimum wage worker in St. John’s would need to work 55 hours a week, every week, just to afford the rent for a one-bedroom apartment. 

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October 2nd, 2019|Latest News|

Labour Day Events 2019

The Canadian Labour Congress and the provincial District Labour Councils will be hosting Labour Day events in St. John’s, Corner Brook, Grand Falls-Windsor, and Labrador West this year.

Please Note: All events take place on September 2nd, 2019 except events in Lab West, will will be on September 7th, 2019.

The event posters with locations and date are shared below. Hope to see you there!

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August 26th, 2019|Latest News|

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WHO WE ARE

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.

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WHAT WE DO

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.

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WE ARE NL

‘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.

We are advocating for a $15 minimum wage for our province. Please visit www.fairnessnl.ca and sign our petition.

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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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SAFETY SECTOR COUNCIL ADVISOR

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.

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