Read NLFL President Mary Shortall’s letter to the Minister of Service NL regarding recent appointments to the Board of WorkPlaceNL here.
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.
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.
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.