International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8th, is a day when women the world over recognize, and celebrate, our achievements. The theme for IWD 2018 is #PushforProgress, a nod to the growing global movement of advocacy, activism, and support surrounding gender parity and sexism. Inspired by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the aim of the theme is [...]
This statement may seem odd coming from the Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL). Labour organizations, and their social justice partners, have been working hard for minimum wage increases for decades. The problem is the planned increase to $11 - sets the minimum wage at an unacceptably low level - among the lowest in [...]
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 [...]
NL Federation of Labour President Welcomes Proposed Changes to Employment Insurance From Federal NDP Party
Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) President Mary Shortall welcomes the proposed changes to the current employment insurance (EI) system from New Democratic Party (NDP) Leader Tom Mulcair. You can read the full release here.
On Labour Day, we celebrate workers in our province, including the 65,000 unionized members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour. Their hard work and continued dedication makes our economy work in every community throughout our vast province. You can read the complete message here.
Privatization: What it is, Why it Matters. NLFL President Mary Shortall’s OP-ED Piece from The Telegram June 23
With oil prices down, an aging population, and high unemployment the conservative government of Newfoundland and Labrador is looking for a silver bullet to cut costs for public services and infrastructure. Their sights are settling on privatization to be that silver bullet. What is privatization? In its most narrow sense, privatization is the whole or [...]
Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour President Mary Shortall says Budget a Missed Opportunity
Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour President Mary Shortall said that the PC Government missed an opportunity to address the revenue issues facing the province due to past tax cuts and declining oil revenue. You can read the news release here and download the accompanying fact sheet here.
Federation of Labour President Mary Shortall thanks NLNDP Leader Lorraine Michael for her contribution and dedication to working people and their families.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) paid tribute to the work of outgoing New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Lorraine Michael thanking for her for long-standing commitment to issues affecting all workers in Newfoundland and Labrador. You can read the full press release here.
Options for a Strong Economy for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians – Op-Ed Article by NLFL President Mary Shortall
The NL Federation of Labour believes that what we need is a balanced discussion that explores all options to address the challenges and sustain our economy for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians – including tomorrow’s generation. We have already seen proof that cutting social spending and the public sector does not work! Read [...]