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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 February 12, 2021, the staff of the NL Federation of Labour are working from home.

We are still available by phone and email; however, there may be delays in responses.

Our physical offices remain 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.

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Latest News

We can’t afford to wait.  Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour joins national call for paid sick leave for all workers.

St. John’s, NL – In advance of the federal, provincial and territorial labour Ministers’ March meeting, the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL) is joining provincial and territorial Federations of Labour across Canada today; in demanding that provincial and territorial governments guarantee seamless access to universal, permanent and adequate employer-paid sick days for all workers.

More than half of all Canadian workers have no access to paid sick leave.  When they’re sick, they face an impossible choice between making ends meet and staying home to protect public health and get better.  It’s a decision nobody should have to make.

The gaps in coverage are huge, and especially among low-wage workers.  NLFL President Mary Shortall states that for the 50,000 low-waged workers in Newfoundland & Labrador (NL), many who do essential work, the absence of paid sick days could in fact jeopardize public health.  Shortall says there is an urgent need for immediate government action, especially with new, highly-contagious variants now spreading through the population.  “It’s a public health imperative that sick workers stay home from work, and not just during the pandemic,” says Shortall.  “Illnesses like influenza cause thousands of hospitalizations and deaths in Canada every year.  By curbing the spread of infectious diseases, employer-paid sick days would protect public health while increasing workplace productivity, offering more stable income for workers and reducing health costs for governments.”

While the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) is a small step forward, it falls far short of what is needed.  It’s temporary by design and restricted to COVID-related illness. It interrupts workers’ income, making them apply and then wait for the benefit to arrive. And the benefit itself only replaces a fraction of lost pay for many workers.  While this new benefit helps, it isn’t universal and permanent paid sick leave.

The NLFL agrees that initially, some level of government support may be needed to offset costs for small and medium-sized businesses that have been severely affected by the pandemic.  But the ultimate goal, in every province and territory, must be to ensure that every worker knows that when they are sick, they will not pay a financial penalty for doing the right thing and staying home to protect public health.

Public support for employer-paid sick days is strong throughout Canada.  Shortall says the need has never been more apparent or more urgent.  The NLFL has been advocating for 7 days paid sick leave and 14 days emergency paid days since the early days of COVID-19. “We join with all provincial and territorial Federations of Labour today, to call on the soon to be announced, newly elected NL Labour Minister to join with Canada’s Labour Ministers; and prioritize the implementation of universal, permanent and adequate employer-paid sick leave for all workers now, “concludes Shortall.  “It really is a matter of life and death.”

February 25th, 2021|Latest News, press release|

We can’t afford to wait. It’s time for paid sick leave for every worker in Canada.

We can’t afford to wait. It’s time for paid sick leave for every worker in Canada.

In advance of the federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers’ meeting, provincial and territorial federations of labour are united in demanding that provincial and territorial governments guarantee seamless access to universal, permanent and adequate employer-paid sick days for all workers.

More than half of all Canadian workers have no access to paid sick leave. When they’re sick, they face an impossible choice between making ends meet and staying home to protect public health and get better. It’s a decision nobody should have to make.

Workplace outbreaks and transmissions during the COVID-19 pandemic have made it clear that paid sick leave is critical to protecting public health. Yet the gaps in coverage are huge, especially among low-wage workers. There’s an urgent need for immediate government action — especially with new, highly-contagious variants now spreading through our population.

It’s a public health imperative that sick workers stay home from work, and not just during the pandemic. Illnesses like influenza cause thousands of hospitalizations and deaths in Canada every year. By curbing the spread of infectious diseases, employer-paid sick days would protect public health while increasing workplace productivity, offering more stable income for workers and reducing health costs for governments.

The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit is a small step forward, but it falls far short of what is needed. It’s temporary by design and restricted to COVID-related illness. It interrupts workers’ income, making them apply and then wait for the benefit to arrive. And the benefit itself only replaces a fraction of lost pay for many workers. While this new benefit helps, it isn’t universal and permanent paid sick leave.

Initially, some level of government support may be needed to offset costs for small and medium-sized businesses that have been severely affected by the pandemic. But the ultimate goal, in every province and territory, must be to ensure that every worker knows that when they are sick, they will not pay a financial penalty for doing the right thing and staying home to protect public health.

Public support for employer-paid sick days is strong throughout Canada. The need has never been more apparent or more urgent. We call on Canada’s labour ministers to prioritize the implementation of universal, permanent and adequate employer-paid sick leave for all workers now.

This joint statement is being distributed on behalf the Alberta Federation of Labour, British Columbia Federation of Labour, Manitoba Federation of Labour, New Brunswick Federation of Labour, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour, Ontario Federation of Labour, Prince Edward Island Federation of Labour, Saskatchewan Federation of Labour and Yukon Federation of Labour.

 

 

February 25th, 2021|Latest News|

Tell Your MP to Support Pharmacare!

Parliament will be voting on the Canada Pharmacare Act – Bill C-213 – on February 24, 2021.

This legislation will not move forward unless 170 MPs vote in favor of C-213.

No doubt, there are MPs getting push back from big pharmaceutical and private insurance companies that are against a universal, public, comprehensive and accessible pharmacare system in Canada. But if MPs see their inbox flooded with emails from constituents calling on them to vote yes on Bill C213, they will feel increased pressure to vote in favor of this historic legislation.

For Newfoundland and Labrador – pharmacare is critically important, as it is for all Canadians.  A survey conducted by Angus Reid found that one in four people in the province don’t take their medications as prescribed because they can’t afford them.

The research is clear; a national Pharmacare plan could save Newfoundland and Labrador $200 million per year.  Money that could be reinvested back into our public healthcare system in areas such as long term care and homecare, ensuring our seniors have the quality care they need, a more responsive and better resourced mental health care system along with hiring additional nurses and healthcare workers.

Think of the impact and net benefit to Newfoundland and Labrador with those additional investments in Canadians’ health and well-being

Email your MP today!

 

 

February 19th, 2021|Issues and Campaigns, 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.