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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.


Indexing An $11/Hour Minimum Wage Is A Terrible Idea

This statement may seem odd coming from the Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL). Labour organizations, and their social justice partners, have been working hard for minimum wage increases for decades.  The problem is the planned increase to $11 – sets the minimum wage at an unacceptably low level – among the lowest in Canada. Only Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, representing 6% of the population of Canada, will have a lower minimum wage.   You can read the full op-ed here.

September 11th, 2017|Latest News, Presidents Blog|

NLFL President Calls on Newfoundland and Labrador Government to Stand Up For Locked Out Workers in Gander

Workers at D-J Composites in Gander, members of Unifor Local 597 and an affiliated member of our Federation, have been locked out by their American-based employer since December 19th, 2016.  It is unacceptable behavior from an employer. I am asking you, as the Minister of Labour, to do the right thing and intervene on behalf of your constituents – who have done nothing but adhere to their rights as union members, and trusted the system to work for them in order to be treated fairly at their workplace.  Someone needs to stand up for our residents, and tell employers like D-J Composites that their behavior will not be tolerated in this Province.  You can read the complete letter here.

September 11th, 2017|Latest News|

Federation President Demands Answers for Court Decision on Worker’s Death

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) President Mary Shortall is demanding accountability for the death of a young worker.   “Something needs to change when a young worker can fall to his death at a worksite, and yet no one is found at fault because of delayed response time, and investigators who are ill – equipped to treat workplace accidents as potential crime scenes,” said Mary Shortall, President of the NLFL.  You can read the full release here.

September 8th, 2017|Latest News|


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.