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Labour Welcomes RNC Investigation Training on Workplace Fatalities

News Release from Mary Shortall, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour

On behalf of the 70,000 members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL), I want to congratulate Chief Joe Boland and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC), for undertaking a training session for their officers in investigating workplace serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs), and applying amendments to Canada’s Criminal Code – C45 (The Westray Act).

Everyone who goes to work each day plans to return home.  Yet too many workers die as a result of their livelihood.  Statistics tell us that on average, 1000 workers a year die in work-related incidents in Canada, either as a result of occupational disease or by a traumatic event.  A significant number of these workplace fatalities are young workers under the age of 25.  Overall Canada ranks as the 5th worst country in the OECD for serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs).


June 11th, 2019|Latest News|

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) Expects a Government that Works for Workers

By Thursday evening, people in NL will know who will lead the province for the next four years. What can we expect? History tells us many promises made on the campaign trail will never be realized. Openness and transparency will morph into back-room deals and insider secrecy. Yet, we live in hope things will be different this time around.  You can read NLFL President Mary Shortall’s full letter to the editor here.


May 14th, 2019|Latest News|

In this 2019 Election Let‘s Elect a Government Committed to a Fair Economy

In this 2019 election let‘s elect a government that is committed to a fair economy that addresses the needs of all citizens in the province.   We need a government that will protect workers’ rights, strengthen our public services and build a sustainable economy.  Ask candidates where they stand on these important issues.

May 8th, 2019|Issues and Campaigns, Latest News, Uncategorized|

NLFL Holding Leader’s Forum

Join us Tuesday April 30 at 7 pm in Salon A at the Delta Hotel to hear the position of all four party leaders on key social and economic issues facing the province.  This event will be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/NLFED/

April 29th, 2019|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.