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Now is the Time for a $15 Minimum Wage

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Furthermore, the NLFL advocates for a complete overhaul of a very outdated “Labour Standards Act”, and will be asking for just that when they meet with the Honourable Bernard Davis.

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August 9th, 2019|Latest News|

Atlantic Canada’s Federations of Labour and the United Way Working Together on Common Issues

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.

July 19th, 2019|Latest News|

Canada’s Labour Leaders Encourage Premiers to Embrace Universal Pharmacare

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.

July 10th, 2019|Latest News|

#NLStandDown4Safety on July 5

Poster 1 for Construction Safety Stand Down July 5

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.”


June 28th, 2019|Issues and Campaigns, Latest News|




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.

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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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.