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NLFL COVID-19 RESPONSE

COVID-19 Resources & Information

The NLFL has compiled a list of resources currently available to help Newfoundlanders and Labradorians during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Share Your Story: COVID-19 and Workplace Health & Safety

If you believe your workplace is not in compliance with the health and safety rules during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can report your experience to us.  If you like, we will report your concern anonymously to the Occupational Health and Safety Inspections Division of Service NL or other governing body, without revealing your identity.

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Work-From-Home Policy

As of June 8, 2020, NLFL staff have returned to the office. However, the building remains closed to the general public.

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Shop Local Campaign

The NLFL has launched a SHOP LOCAL campaign to encourage members to buy from local businesses now that we have entered Alert Level 3.

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Priorities for Economic Recovery: Robust and Viable Options towards an Economy that Works for All

The NLFL is proposing the adoption of ambitious, feasible and necessary initiatives; which we believe will achieve a strong, sustainable and inclusive economic recovery.

The initiatives that we are proposing in our submission, support our long-standing vision of a sustainable economy that works for all of us. An economy that is rich in good jobs for all, one that invests in a strong public sector and quality public services, one that supports families and communities and one that respects our environment.  You can download our submission here.

August 11th, 2020|Briefs and Presentations, Latest News|

Video: Statement of Solidarity with People Fighting Against Systemic Anti-Black Racism

This video is a reading of an updated version of our “Statement of Solidarity with People Fighting Against Systemic Anti-Black Racism,” originally published June 4th, 2020. This updated statement was made in consultation with BlackLivesMatter NL.

FULL STATEMENT:

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) and its 70,000 union members, stand in solidarity with the millions of people protesting systemic anti-Black racism in the United States and Canada, and elsewhere.

We are angered, outraged and sick in our hearts and souls by the brutal death of George Floyd in Minnesota. We share the pain of this loss. For those of us who strive for social justice and an equitable world, we are starkly reminded that the struggle is far from over. It is hard to fathom how such hatred can exist today.

We believe that an injury to one is an injury to all. For many years – our diverse labour movement has participated in the struggle to make gains for a more equitable world, though legislative and collective bargaining changes, which are intended to ensure that all workers, regardless of race, ethnicity, skin colour, sexuality, socio-economic status, ability, age, religion, gender, and nationality, can live and love in safety; and with the same rights that we all deserve.

Our collective call to action becomes even more critical when our laws that declare us equal are so egregiously violate the laws that declare us equal. To watch the violence, the ultimate act of hatred, happen so suddenly and without warning, speaks to a deep-rooted anti-Black racist culture, which some white people are in denial about the impact.

We need to name it and acknowledge that anti-Black racism exists everywhere; and yes – also in our country and province. Anti-black racism has been used to generate white wealth and prosperity for hundreds of years through the killing of Black people, the destruction of Black communities, and the persistence of everyday racism in Canada.

We have a responsibility to take a stand against anti-Black racism and violence that is perpetrated on Black bodies, to make sure we hold space for Black workers, and to continue to defend the absolute right to protest against such injustices, even if those in power feel uncomfortable.

As we continue our work within our unions and with the broader community, we pledge to challenge anti-Black racism and all forms of violence, and to continue to work to eradicate systemic and individual forms of racism, police brutality and institutional marginalization.

But more than that – we will talk to each other about a better world, where love and justice prevail. We commit to channel the anger we feel about such deplorable actions, towards a renewed and strengthened promise to use our voices, actions, and energy to eradicate anti-Black racism.

Mary Shortall

President, Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour

June 25th, 2020|Latest News|

NLFL Statement in Solidarity with People Fighting Systemic Racism

The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) and its 70,000 union members, stand in solidarity with the millions of people protesting systemic racism in the United States and Canada, and elsewhere, and with those who continue to fight systemic racism the world over.

We are angered, outraged and sick in our hearts and souls by the brutal death of George Floyd in Minnesota. We share the pain of this loss. For those of us who strive for social justice and an equal world, we are starkly reminded that the struggle is far from over. It is hard to fathom how such hatred can exist today.

We believe that an injury to one is an injury to all. For many years – our diverse labour movement has participated in the struggle to make gains for a more equal world, though legislative and collective bargaining changes, which are intended to ensure that all workers can live and love in safety; and with the same rights that we all deserve, yet for only some of us, we take for granted.

Our collective call to action becomes even more critical when our laws that declare us equal are so egregiously violated by those in authority. To watch the violence, the ultimate act of hatred, happen so suddenly and without warning, speaks to a deep-rooted racist culture.

We need to name it and acknowledge that racism exists everywhere; and yes – also in our country and province. Racism has been used to generate wealth and prosperity for hundreds of years by discriminating against, destroying, and killing Black people and Black communities.

We have a responsibility to not only take a stand against violence on Black bodies, but to make sure we hold space for Black workers; and that we continue to defend the absolute right to protest against such injustices, even if those in power feel uncomfortable.

As we continue our work within our unions and with the broader community, we pledge to challenge racism and all forms of violence, to continue to work to eradicate systemic and individual forms of racism, police brutality and institutional marginalization.

But more than that – we will talk to each other about a better world, where love and justice prevail. We commit to using the anger we feel towards such deplorable actions, towards a renewed and strengthened promise to seize every moment to advocate, to rise up, to use our voices and energy to eradicate all forms of discrimination, to listen and support those who have been so wronged.

Mary Shortall

President, Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour

 

PDF version: NLFL Statement in Solidarity With People Fighting Systemic Racism

June 4th, 2020|Latest News|

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WHO WE ARE

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.

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WHAT WE DO

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.

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WE ARE NL

‘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.