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


Presumptive Mental Health Legislation for Work-Related PTSD a Big Victory for Workers – NL Employers Council Opposition Shameful

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) congratulates the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for announcing changes in legislation that would provide presumptive coverage to work-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  “This is an important victory for workers in our province who suffer PTSD as a result of work-related trauma. This legislation will mean expedited access to the support and treatment they need,” said NLFL President Mary Shortall. “The fact that this legislation is supported by such a diverse range of unions, associations, organizations, and mental health advocates speaks to its importance.”  You can read the full release here.

December 6th, 2018|Latest News|

Employer’s Council Views On Mental Health In The Workplace Are Regressive and Reprehensible

Mary Shortall, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL), has expressed outrage at a recent letter sent to MHAs by the Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council (NLEC) opposing the introduction of presumptive mental health legislation for all workers in Newfoundland and Labrador.  You can read the full release here.

October 19th, 2018|Latest News|

Registered Nurses’ Union Joins the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) announced today that the Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland and Labrador (RNU) has joined its Federation.  While the organizations have a long history of collaboration, RNU and NLFL will now work together under a formal partnership. As a NLFL member, RNU joins the nearly 25 affiliated unions representing over 70,000 workers in the province.  You can read the news release here.

September 25th, 2018|Latest News|

Federation of Labour Hosting Candidates Forum for Windsor Lake By-Election

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour will be hosting an important public forum featuring the three candidates running in the Windsor Lake By-election this evening.  The forum will take place at the Holiday Inn, 180 Portugal Cove Road TONIGHT (Tuesday, September 11) from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
The public forum, which will be moderated by NTV News Legislative Reporter Michael Connors, will be open to the public and allow voters to hear the positions of all three candidates on key issues facing the district and the province. 
All three canddiates will be participating in the forum.  Sign language interpretation will be provided and the event will be live streamed on the NLFL facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NLFED/.  You can read the news release here.

September 6th, 2018|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.