"The provincial budget is on a path to surplus [...] the date is somewhat arbitrary; what matters is the direction. The government has several revenue opportunities, through making the tax system fairer and greener, and through growing and diversifying the economy to generate more revenues with greater reliability. This makes it clear that further spending [...]
Newfoundland & Labrador Minimum Wage Remains Lowest in Atlantic Canada and Falls Further Behind as Nova Scotia Announces $1 increase.
St. John’s, NL: The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) has been demanding that the province substantially increase its minimum wage this April 1st. As NLFL President Mary Shortall pointed out, “Our province has the lowest minimum wage in all of Atlantic Canada and the second lowest in all of Canada. Other provinces are [...]
Dear Editor, I write in response to the recent Brian Jones’s column “Snowmageddon buries St. John’s, uncovers social justice.” (Telegram, January 29th, 2020.) Mr. Jones left me puzzled. He argued the obvious, that unionized workers tend to have protections that make life more bearable, even during a week-long city shut down. Not so for low-wage [...]
(Originally distributed January 27, 2020) The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) stands in full solidarity with the members of Unifor Local 594, who are currently locked out by their employer, the Co-op Refinery Complex in Regina, Saskatchewan. If this employer was serious about getting a fair collective agreement with its employees, [...]
Dear Editor, A Stronger Economy is Possible. The Province’s Auditor General recently delivered her report on the province’s financial statements for the year ending March 31st, 2019. Quick off the mark, one can hear the beating of the “austerity” drum as we are reminded that we are spending beyond our means, and that [...]
The NLFL appreciates the opportunity to provide this submission. It is a credit to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador that it is carrying out a review of the minimum wage. In doing so, it is joining with other provinces that have taken a leadership role in actively considering the appropriate level of the minimum [...]
“Protecting ratepayers, workers, citizens, businesses and the climate: A better way to manage the costs of Muskrat Falls”. Click here to read the full submission.
On October 1st, Newfoundland and Labrador became the province with the second lowest minimum wage in the country. In a province that has over 13,000 minimum wage workers (the majority of which are women), we need to commit to doing better for minimum wage workers and work towards a $15 minimum wage now. A [...]
The NLFL recognizes International Day of Older Persons and celebrates the hard work and dedication of those who came before us -- and are still working with us today!