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.


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Protect Worker Rights, NOT Gig Employers

March 24th, 2021|Latest News|

Tampon Tuesday: Share Your Photos!

“International Women’s Day is next week – a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. In year’s past we would celebrate women all week long and host a signature event, Tampon Tuesday.
Tampon Tuesday is an important event that collects thousands of hygiene products while raising awareness in our community. Unfortunately, due to our current Covid Alert Level we are unable to host Tampon Tuesday next week. While we have big plans for an event later this spring, we didn’t want the day to pass without recognizing the importance of access to free and affordable hygiene products in our province.
I invite you, your coworkers, your daughters, your mothers and any other women in your life to join us as we Choose to Challenge the norm and raise awareness for gender equality. If you could, please invite all of the women in your life to take a photo with one of the attached signs supporting access to hygiene products, gender equality or create your own sign using the blank template attached.
Please submit your photos by Monday, March 8th at 12:00 pm.”
March 4th, 2021|Latest News|

“People’s Recovery”: A Response to Premier’s Economic Recovery Team – Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet 1 – Meeting Our Fiscal Challenges

Fact Sheet 2: Revenue Options

March 3rd, 2021|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|




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.