Statements

Statement from BC Federation of Labour president Irene Lanzinger on National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2018
Vancouver - June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day that is meant to acknowledge and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples.

Marking Family Day: One small way to better support working families

February 9, 2018
To celebrate Family Day 2018, the BC Federation of Labour is proposing a small but important step that would better support many working families in our province. “We think we should look at updating and changing our employment laws’” says BCFED President Irene Lanzinger, “to ensure that working... more

BCFED Statement on Black History Month

February 5, 2018
The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour. February marks Black History Month in BC. And as we celebrate, there is much to reflect upon in the journey toward equitable treatment of black people in our local, national and global communities.... more

Remembering the fallen workers of the Bentall Tower tragedy

January 8, 2018
Vancouver – The following is a statement from BC Federation of Labour President Irene Lanzinger marking the 37th anniversary of the Bentall Tower tragedy: “The BC Federation of Labour has a long history of advocating for healthier and safer workplaces for all workers in BC. Today... more

Statement on International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2017
Vancouver - The Following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour, on the UN International Human Rights Day: “The BC Federation of Labour is proud to celebrate International Human Rights Day. We commend the NDP government in BC on committing to... more

Statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women

December 6, 2017
Vancouver - The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour, on the National Day of Remembrance and Action Against Violence Against Women: “Today marks 28 years since the killing of fourteen women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. These... more

Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 1, 2017
The Government of Canada recently tabled the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. If passed by the House of Commons, the Optional Protocol would allow persons with disabilities in Canada to make a complaint to the United Nations if they believe their... more

Statement on the workplace death of 3 workers in Fernie

October 18, 2017
Vancouver – The following is a statement from Irene Lanzinger, president of the BC Federation of Labour, regarding the workplace death of 3 workers in Fernie: “Today our thoughts are with the families, friends and community of the three workers who were killed yesterday while... more

BC Federation of Labour Statement on Pride

August 3, 2017
The following is a statement from BCFED president Irene Lanzinger: Vancouver - The BC Federation of Labour would like to wish working people in British Columbia a happy Pride season. Already tens of thousands have celebrated pride in communities across the province including Prince... more

National Aboriginal Day Statement by President Irene Lanzinger

June 21, 2017
June 21 marks the 21st celebration of Canada’s National Aboriginal Day. It’s a day that acknowledges and celebrates the diversity of indigenous peoples and the rich heritage of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. In a practical way, this acknowledgement begins with recognizing the traditional... more