While yesterday’s provincial budget demonstrated that the collective voice of labour, community and citizens does make a difference, the province is not out of the woods yet. “Our vision for the Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) economy is based on a real jobs strategy, including green jobs, investment in our communities, and in local and small, [...]
The Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) Stands in Solidarity with Journalist Justin Brake.
The union movement has always been on the frontline of supporting and advancing basic rights, such as the right to organize and form a union, and the right to strike. Equally, we fully support other fundamental human rights, including the right to peaceful protest and the right of freedom of the press. You can read [...]
With the budget just weeks away, the current economic "Way Forward" of the Liberal Government in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) is impairing our economy for the sake of short-term gains, which are benefitting few people. The provincial government needs to adopt a vision of a sustainable economy that works for working people and residents of [...]
NLFL President Part of Canadian Delegation at 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW61)
Women’s economic empowerment is key to the realisation of women’s rights, and to achieving a truly gender equal world. It is about far more than women’s ability to participate equally in existing markets or their contribution to economic growth. Economic empowerment for women starts with guaranteed access to, and equitable participation in, quality education from [...]
In 1908, the seeds of International Women’s Day were sown when women from the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union went on strike and demanded not just better wages and benefits, but better working conditions as well. Their demand for “Bread and Roses” has become the international theme for the women’s movement around the globe. Unions [...]
Indexing the minimum wage is important, but indexing alone will not have a significant impact on reversing inequality or fighting poverty We need to review the minimum wage regularly with the goal of getting to a living wage. Increasing the number of working poor in our province is not good for anyone and working in [...]
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) is adding its voice to mounting opposition to the economic solutions proposed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Employer’s Council. "The Employer’s Council’s incredibly shortsighted plan of decimating public services and cutting thousands of jobs would bring sheer devastation to the provincial economy," said NLFL President Mary Shortall. [...]
Through our engagement with our members and their families, and ordinary citizens (your constituents) over the past year, it is clear that people want to see a budget with a long-term vision that puts Newfoundlanders and Labradorians first, a jobs-for-all budget, that narrows the income and gender gap we are experiencing, and sustains our communities [...]
Letter to the Editor – Recognizing Occupational Diseases and their Causes: Important Steps Forward for Workers
It is shocking to think that some 150,000 Canadians are exposed to asbestos at work, particularly in industries like construction, automobile maintenance, shipbuilding, trade contractors and waste management. Read NLFL President Mary Shortall's letter to the Telegram on the importance of recognizing occupational diseases to Newfoundland and Labrador workers here.
Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour Happy with Presumptive Cancer Coverage for Firefighters
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) is very pleased with the announcement by government and Workplace NL today to grant presumptive cancer coverage for both career and volunteer fire fighters. “This is a great victory for our affiliates, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the [...]