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Every year, the BC labour community comes together to celebrate the holidays by sharing with those in need. Over 2,000 people and families take part in this annual tradition. Once again, we'll distribute food hampers and toys in the Vancouver area.

And we need you to help us to make it happen.

Here are three ways you can help:

  • One, by volunteering at the Maritime Labour Centre on December 23 or in the days leading up to it. Drop us an email at labourholidayevent@bcfed.ca with the subject line "Holiday hamper program," include your name and contact details, and we'll be in touch.
    • December 21st, 9:00am – filling hampers, setting up the hall
    • December 22nd, 9:00am – filling hampers, sorting toys
    • December 23rd, 4:00pm – for event – various positions available.
  • Two, by donating a gift for the hampers. Here's what we need:
    • Unwrapped toys and gifts for children aged 0-18
    • Non-perishable food items
    • Gift cards and passes (movie passes, local attraction passes, etc.)
  • And three, by making a financial contribution. Donations are critical to our success, and your generosity can make a big difference. Together we can provide an important community service and celebrate the spirit of giving this holiday.

    Please make your cheque payable to Labour Community Christmas Dinner and send it to us
    c/o BC Federation of Labour
    Suite 406 – 4370 Dominion Street, Burnaby, V5G 4L7

    Or donate by etransfer to acctg@bcfed.ca

For more information, please contact Marisha at 604-430-1421 or 604-306-4156, or email her at labourholidayevent@bcfed.ca.

Friday, December 23, 2022 - 16:00
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street
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Author: angela.boscariol
Posted: December 7, 2022, 10:26 pm
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BCFED convention elects Sussanne Skidmore and Hermender Singh Kailley

Author: rob.cottingham
Posted: November 27, 2022, 8:07 pm

Sussanne Skidmore will be the BC Federation of Labour’s new president, and Hermender Singh Kailley will serve as secretary-treasurer. Delegates at the BCFED's 60th convention acclaimed them to two-year terms this morning.

“Working people in British Columbia are confronting extraordinary challenges and opportunities. And we’re facing them with extraordinary solidarity and unity,” Skidmore said. “We’re honoured by the confidence this convention has placed in us.”

“My union taught me to fight for workers’ rights, and that’s the fight I’m bringing to the BCFED,” Kailley said. “Working people need a strong, united voice now more than ever.”

First elected as the BCFED’s secretary-treasurer in 2018 and re-elected in 2020, Skidmore previously served for five years as executive vice-president of the BCGEU. She is the federation’s first out and queer president.

Kailley’s has served on ILWU Local 502’s executive board since 2018, becoming the local’s secretary-treasurer in 2019. He is the first South Asian BCFED secretary-treasurer.

Skidmore and Kailley will be sworn into their new positions at a ceremony this afternoon.


Sussanne Skidmore was first elected as the BCFED’s secretary-treasurer in November 2018 and reelected in 2020. A well-known human rights, social justice and queer rights activist, she served as executive vice-president of BCGEU for 5 years. She has co-chaired the BCFED’s Human Rights Committee and is active in the federation’s Women and Gender Rights Committee. Skidmore is the national treasurer for the New Democratic Party of Canada and a vice president of the BC NDP.

Hermender Singh Kailley’s first involvement with the labour movement began when he helped organize his fellow Vancouver Fringe Festival workers with IATSE Local 118. After a career change in 2004, he became a member of ILWU Local 502, joining the executive board in 2018 and becoming secretary-treasurer in 2019. A first-generation Canadian born to Punjabi parents, Hermender also serves on the executive board of the New Westminster and District Labour Council.

Author: Anonymous
Posted: November 24, 2022, 8:52 pm

(Unceded Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam territories — Vancouver, BC) The BC Federation of Labour today released the following statement:

The Ontario government’s Bill 28 is a reprehensible attack on the fundamental rights of 55,000 CUPE Ontario School Boards Council of Unions members. The Doug Ford government has resorted to the notwithstanding clause to force a contract on education workers.

That’s not only a dangerous and wildly irresponsible measure. It’s an explicit admission that the Ford government knows it is violating fundamental Charter rights. And it is directed at the lowest-paid workers in the school system.

These workers — education assistants, custodians, library workers, maintenance workers, secretaries, early childhood educators and IT professionals — do critical work in Ontario’s schools. Yet with an average salary of $39,000 a year, many are on the brink of poverty.

This ham-fisted legislation is ultimately destined to fail. History shows us again and again that the collective bargaining process — where employers and unions negotiate in good faith and reach a genuine agreement — is the only road to durable, lasting stability in the workplace.

On behalf of the more than 500,000 members of our affiliated unions, we stand with the CUPE OSBCU workers. We encourage our members to show support for Ontario education workers at cupe.on.ca/dontbeabully.

And we call on the Ford government to reverse this shameful decision immediately, to allow the collective bargaining process to proceed without political meddling, and to allow Ontario’s education workers to reach a fair agreement.

Author: angela.boscariol
Posted: November 3, 2022, 4:46 pm

Today’s announcement of changes to the Workers Compensation Act is a welcome start, while recognizing many of the changes injured workers need are yet to come, BCFED President Laird Cronk said today.

“This is a step forward for injured workers and their families,” Cronk said. “It will make it easier for many of them to get the support they need. We also recognize there’s still a lot more to do to reverse the damage done by the Liberal cuts two decades ago, and restore genuine balance to the Workers’ Compensation Board.”

Cronk pointed to the appointment of a Fair Practices Commissioner as a particularly important step. “This could prove to be a critical avenue for ensuring fair, respectful treatment for injured workers,” he said. “We still believe a fully independent commission   is the best way to address complaints, so we’ll be watching closely to see whether the commissioner is provided with real teeth to bring improvements.”

BCFED Secretary-Treasurer Sussanne Skidmore welcomed the ban on claims suppression. “Too many employers feel they can get away with pressuring workers not to make WCB claims,” she said. “Explicitly prohibiting claims suppression sends a clear message to employers those days are over.”

She also applauded the move to require the WCB to pay interest on delayed benefits. “Delaying benefits costs injured workers real money — often in the form of credit card debt or bank loans — at a time they can least afford it. It’s only right the WCB pay them interest on money injured workers are effectively lending them.”

Cronk also welcomed the news that disability benefits will be indexed to the Consumer Price Index. “It’s good to know injured workers won’t have to see their benefits eroded by inflation, especially after this past year,” he said. “Now we need to address the fact that injured workers’ disability pensions end at age 65 — but their disability doesn’t.”

He added the BCFED remains committed to removing barriers to psychological injury claims. “It shouldn’t be harder to have a claim accepted for a psychological injury than it is for a physical one,” he said. “We’re disappointed that isn’t addressed in the legislation, but we understand work is forthcoming on this issue through regulation.”

Cronk said today’s announcement “gives injured workers a badly-needed toehold for reform, after waiting for years for action. BC unions will have their backs, and we’ll keep pushing for the changes needed to make the WCB the truly worker-centered organization it’s supposed to be.”

Author: angela.boscariol
Posted: October 31, 2022, 11:01 pm

Friday, September 30 is the federal government's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It's also Orange Shirt Day, originating in a story shared by Phyllis Webstad of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation about having her clothing — including a shiny orange shirt that she loved — taken from her when she arrived at residential school.

This is a day for all of us to honour the memories of the Indigenous children who never made it back to their homes, as well as the survivors, families and communities that still carry the grief and pain that are the legacy of the residential school system. It's also an occasion for us to reflect on our own places in the colonial systems that gave rise to that system and that endure to this day — and to learn how we can do more to dismantle those systems and pursue a path of truth and reconciliation.

We strongly encourage you to attend one or more of the events in the list below, happening in communities across our province as well as online. And in addition, you can donate to the Orange Shirt Society directly by sending an e-transfer to donations@orangeshirtday.org or to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society https://www.irsss.ca/.

We hope to see many of you on September 30!

Online events

Truth and Reconciliation Week 2022: Remembering the Children: Through September 29 Online.
*This resource is meant for educators and their students.

It's Our Time – Education Toolkit. Learning Modules: Ongoing, no end date. Available online.

September 30 Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters "Canada's National Day For Truth And Reconciliation": Ongoing, no end date. Available Online.

Personal Pledge of Reconciliation: Ongoing. No end date. Online.

Indigenous Canada: Free Online Course: No end date. University of Alberta, available online.

Weaving our Story Towards Reconciliation: Priscilla Omulo. Launches Friday, September 30. Kinsmen Hall Port Coquitlam BC. Online component.

Lower Mainland

Bowen Island

Indian Horse: Film Night for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Thursday, September 29, 6:30 -8:10 pm. Bowen Island Public Library 430 Bowen Island Trunk Rd. More info.


Be the change you want to see: With Christine Mackenzie: Friday, September 30, 1:00 pm –3:00 pm. 1120 Brunette Ave. More info.

Maple Ridge

Truth and Reconciliation Day at Memorial Peace Park: Friday, September 30, 10:00 – 2:00 pm 11900 224 Street. More info.

New Westminster

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation at Westminster Pier Park: Friday, September 30, 3:00-6:00 pm. Westminster Pier Park 1 6th Street. More info.

North Vancouver

On Truth and Reconciliation with James Harry: Friday, September 30, 1:00 -2:30 pm Griffin Art Projects 1174 Welch St. Free. More info.

Port Coquitlam

Weaving our Story Towards Reconciliation: Priscilla Omulo. Through October 16th. Kinsmen Hall Port Coquitlam BC. Port Coquitlam Reflective Space in Blakeburn Lagoon. More info.

Pitt Meadows

Truth and Reconciliation (Orange Shirt Day Vigil): Friday, September 30, 11:30 am - 1:15 pm Pitt Meadows United Church. Harris Rd. at Ford Rd. More info.

Port Moody

Day of Truth & Reconciliation: PoMoArts Interactive Community Art Project: Friday, September 30, 12:00 pm. Noons Creek Hatchery 336 Ioco Rd. More info.


National Day For Truth & Reconciliation Commemoration Honouring Our Children & Survivors: Friday, September 30, 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. O'siyam Pavillion. More info.


Skookum Surrey: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Friday, September 30, 2:00 pm. Holland Park. More info.

Friday, September 30th Film Screening: Unceded Chiefs: Friday, September 30, 6:00 pm South Surrey Recreation Centre 14601 20th Ave. More info.


Roots Dwellers Presents IRSSS Fundraiser: Friday, September 30, 7:00 -11:30 pm. The Anza Club 3 W 8th Ave.. Tickets $21.51. More info.

Truth and Reconciliation Smudging Ceremony: Thursday, September 29, 12:00 pm Marpole Neighborhood House 8585 Hudson Street. More info.

Indigenous Pop Up Market and 215 Vigil: Friday, September 30, 9:00 am –9:00pm Vancouver Art Gallery. More info.

Reconciliation Through Community: Wednesday September 28, 3:00pm – 6:00 pm 1060 Howe St. Free. More info.

Orange Shirt Day: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Thursday, September 29, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Frog Hollow Neighborhood House. 2131 Renfrew St. More info.

Orange Shirt Day event at Templeton Welcome Garden: Friday, September 30, 2:00 –5:00 pm Templeton Welcome Garden. 700 Templeton Drive. More info.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Friday, September 30 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. More info.

White Rock

Semiahmoo First Nation Flag Raising at White Rock City Hall: Friday, September 30, 10:00 – 11:00 am. on the west side of City Hall near the cenotaph. 15322 Buena Vista Ave. More info.

Walk for Truth and Reconciliation, Friday, September 30, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Beginning at the Grand Chief Bernard Robert Charles Memorial Plaza 15400 Marine Drive) and proceeding to the Spirit Stage in Semiahmoo Park (15782 Marine Drive). Free parking is available at Semiahmoo Park. More info.

Che' Semiahmah-Sen, Che' Shesh Whe Weleq-sen Si'am (I am Semiahmoo, I am Survivor of the Flood) Exhibit at the White Rock Museum & Archives: Through October 2, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday). More info.

Wear Orange Every Child Matters t-shirts: Sale featuring Semiahmoo First Nation artwork, will be available for sale at City Hall, the White Rock Community Centre, Centennial Arena, and Kent Street Activity Centre the week of Sep. 26 and for purchase at Semiahmoo Park on Sept. 30. More info.

Fraser Valley


StoryWalk: Semá:th X̱ó:tsa: Sts'ólemeqwelh Sx̱ó:tsa (Great Gramma's Lake): Friday September 23 -Saturday October 1, 9:00 am -5:00 pm. 32320 George Ferguson Way. Free. More info.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Healing Walk: Friday, September 30, 10:30 am – 2:00 pm. Vancouver Career College 101-2121 Clearbrook Rd. More info.


Health & Wellness Pow Wow: Friday, September 30, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm and Saturday October 1, 1:00 pm, 7:00 pm. 46363 Yale Rd E. More info.


National Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day: Friday, September 30, 11:00 am Fraser River Heritage Park. More info.



September 30 | Xyemstem Xwexwéyt re Kwséltktens-kt: Friday, September 30, 2:00 pm. Kamloops Indian Residential School Monument. 330 Chief Alex Thomas Way. More info.


Truth and Reconciliation: (Un)learn with Kelowna Museums: Friday, September 30, 12:00 -4:00 pm. Okanagan Heritage Museum 470 Queensway. By donation. More info.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Friday, September 30, 2:00 -4:00 pm The Museum and Archives of Vernon 3009 32nd Ave. Free. More info.

North Central, North Coast, North East

Fort St. John

Every Child Matters Walk and Barbecue: Friday, September 30, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Centennial Park. (Tea and round dance to follow). More info.

Prince George

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Event: Friday September 30, 2:00 pm -3:00pm Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park 17th Ave. Free. More info.


Pole Raising and Commemorative Walk: Friday September 30, 11:00 am (pole Raising) at Kermode Friendship Centre. Walk with Tears to Hope Society from George Little Park 3:30 pm. More info.

Williams Lake

9th Annual Orange Shirt Day: Friday September 30, 8:00 am. Williams Lake Stampede Grounds. More info.



Truth and Reconciliation Walk: Friday, September 30, 1:15 pm Beginning at the Civic Centre and walking to Platzl ?aq'am Nasu?kin. More info.


Children's Heartbeat Parade: Thursday, September 29, 9:30 –11:30 am. Trafalgar Middle School Athletic Field. More info.

Community Event Hosted by Kootenay Metis: Friday September 30 1:00 –4:00 pm. Lakeside park Rotary Shelter. More info.

Vancouver Island


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: Friday September 30, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Stadium District 745 Third Street. Free. More info.


Truth Before Reconciliation: Friday, September 30, 4:30 -7:30 pm Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street. Tickets by donation. More info.

South Island Pow Wow 2022: Friday, September 30, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm 6:00 pm -12:00 am Royal Athletic Park 1014 Caledonia Ave. Free. More info.

Meet the Author: This House is not a Home: Friday, September 30, 5:00 pm 207 Government Street. More info.


Friday, September 30, 2022 - 08:00 to 21:00
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Click here for provincial-wide listing for the National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.

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Posted: September 28, 2022, 4:24 pm

At Work and In Community: An Educational on Disability Rights in BC

September 29 - 5:00 pm

The BCFED is excited to invite you to attend our online educational on Disability Rights in BC.

Presenters include:

• MC Louella Vincent - Human Rights Standing Committee Member, BCFED
• Sheryl Burns - Workers With Disabilities Representative to Executive Council, BCFED
• Kevin Love - Lawyer, CLAS
• Heather McCain - Executive Director, Creating Accessible Neighborhoods

Panelists will present from a variety of perspectives, including human rights and disability rights law, community engagement and activism, union representation,and workplace duty to accommodate standards. We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event!


Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 17:00 to 19:00
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Posted: September 21, 2022, 8:33 pm
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Learn more about worker rights in the gig economy in our latest report on precarious work.

Author: angela.boscariol
Posted: September 14, 2022, 8:24 pm

Laird Cronk announced today that, after two terms as President of the BC Federation of Labour, he won’t run for re-election at the Federation’s biennial convention in the fall.

“It has been the honour of a lifetime to serve as BCFED President,” Cronk said. “Together, we’ve made historic progress for working people — like WCB, labour code and employment standards improvements; paid sick leave; skilled trades certification and advancement in the crucial work of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

“But the time is right to move on to the next chapter of my life, and for a new President to carry that work forward.”

Cronk said he is particularly proud of the unity and solidarity BC unions have shown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a spirit he expects will endure. Delegates from the BCFED’s affiliated unions will elect the Federation’s President and Secretary-Treasurer at the Federation’s convention in Vancouver at the end of November.

Author: mperalta
Posted: August 25, 2022, 5:17 pm