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CLC Canadian Council Statement on the Government of Ontario’s Decision to Invoke the Notwithstanding Clause

The Canadian Labour Congress and its affiliates join the Ontario Federation of Labour in roundly and unanimously condemning the Ford government’s decision to nullify an Ontario court judgment which found key parts of Bill 254 unconstitutional. Doug Ford’s self-serving and dangerous step not only tramples the Charter rights of Ontarians; it will embolden right-wing governments across Canada to similarly silence critics. (more…)

June 16th, 2021|Latest News|

Solutions for a Worker-Centred Economic Recovery

The Newfoundland & Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) has compiled seven (7) themes that outline solutions for a worker-centred Economic recovery plan, that will address the province’s fiscal challenges, and set our province on the road to economic recovery and towards a strong economy.

We ask the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (GNL) to focus its energies on building and sustaining a strong economy that benefits all of us; to invest in a more equal and fair economy; one that is rich in decent, fair and safe jobs for all; that invests in a strong public sector and quality public services, that supports local businesses, and our communities, and respects our environment.  You can download our document here.

June 11th, 2021|Briefs and Presentations, Latest News|

Public Engagement on the Big Reset is Designed to Support the PERT Agenda

St. John’s, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) says EngageNL’s questionnaire on the Big Reset pushes respondents to support the PERT Report, and calls it a fake consultation.  NLFL President Mary Shortall believes that whoever designed the public questionnaire has an agenda, and rather than seeking honest feedback and input on the recommendations of the Report, the agenda pushes respondents to support PERT’s recommendations.

“We asked our members to complete the online questionnaire,” says Shortall.  “Within hours of doing so, they told us it was a bogus exercise that did not allow for dissenting views.  We expected public engagement to be transparent and allow for meaningful engagement.  Our analysis supports their feedback.”

Read as PDF: Media Release – PERT Engagement

June 10th, 2021|Latest News, press release|




COVID-19 Resources & Information

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


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.


Work-From-Home Policy

The staff of the NL Federation of Labour continue to work through the pandemic.

Our office remains closed to the general public.


Shop Local Campaign

The NLFL has launched a SHOP LOCAL campaign to encourage members to buy from local businesses.



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.