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December 23, 2014 -2014 New Year’s Message from NSFL President, Rick Clarke


December 1, 2014 - The Office of the Worker Counsellor (OWC) is a project of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour and funded by the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia.

The OWC is a six-year-old project that seeks to provide assistance, advocacy, and education to workers injured on the job.  The OWC provides advice to workers and their representatives and is independent of the Workers Compensation Board.

The OWC plans to hire two people from this posting but with different areas of principal focus.  Please see the following job posting and description for more details on these positions.


October 14, 2014 - Remembrance Day Message from NSFL President, Rick Clarke:

Sisters and Brothers,

At our convention last year, we had the honour of having many veterans attend our proceedings when we discussed and adopted positions to stand beside and for our veterans in their struggles with the Federal Government over pension issues and the closing of Veteran affairs offices.

They were visibly appreciative of the support we pledged to and for them, and we have been following through on that support as committed and we will continue to do so when called on.

Yet, it seems so little when compared to the sacrifices they have made for us, our country and freedom.

Tomorrow is Remembrance Day and we will have the opportunity to participate in the many November 11th services across the province. To stand with and for our veterans, in remembrance of and in tribute to the commitment and sacrifices they have made for our freedoms, and to remember and honour those who have laid down their lives in the line of duty. 

Not everyone will be able to be at a service tomorrow. Many will be at work, others will have family obligations, as well as an array of other commitments - but I would encourage all, no matter where you may be, to take a moment to remember – Lest We Forget

Rick Clarke


October 14, 2014 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is postponing its Political Action Conference scheduled for Saturday, November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd.  Circumstances have come up and we are now working with the Canadian Labour Congress to hold an expanded, joint conference in the new year.

As well, we will be re-scheduling our NSFL Women’s Conference, initially slated for October 17, 18 & 19, 2014.

Anyone who has sent in registration for the above events will receive their cheque back.

When we get alternative dates, we will be doing another mailout, but keep an eye on our Facebook Page and website for quicker updates!


September 30, 2014 - Health Care Unions Seek Clarity on Health Minister Lavine’s Recent Comments. Press release


September 30, 2014 - Please be advised that we are POSTPONING the next two Town Hall meetings:

Truro at the Glengarry (tonight)
Yarmouth at the Rodd Grand (tomorrow night October 1)

With the introduction of Bill 1 “Health Authorities Act - An Act to Provide for Health Authorities and Community Health Boards” we have been focusing our attention on full support for our brothers and sisters in healthcare. Now we are getting ready to appear before Law Amendments.

We will be in touch with new dates when they are confirmed.


September 26, 2014 - Please be advised that the Town Hall Meeting, scheduled for Monday, September 29th, at the Old Orchard Inn in Wolfville has been CANCELLED. Our apologies for the short notice, however this meeting will be rescheduled for a later date. We will post details when they are available.


September 11, 2014 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is holding a series of town hall meetings on federal issues for trade union activists and local leaders. These town halls are designed to determine the major federal issues our members are facing and to begin building capacity toward the 2015 Federal Election. Click here for more information.


August 29, 2014 - A Labour Day message from Rick Clarke, President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour.


July 22, 2014 - Keeping good unionized jobs in rural Nova Scotia is important. Please do NOT shop for alcohol at NSLC Agency Stores.

The NSGEU proudly represents over 1,000 staff who work for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC). Our members are managers and clerks in NSLC stores in communities across the province, they work in central office, and in the central NSLC distribution warehouse.

We are reaching out to union members to ask you to support your local NSLC employees, their families, and communities. Please AVOID using agency stores which are cropping up in rural communities at an alarming pace. You can recognize these stores by their signs which read "Authorized Agent" under the NSLC logo.

Agency stores draw sales away from the closest unionized NSLC store. If the sales drop below a certain point, the store may become a target for closure and good paying unionized jobs will be lost. Our rural communities need these jobs; they are a very important part of keeping a healthy and safe local economy through responsible retailing practices.

Selling liquor privately has been shown to increase the number of alcohol related deaths. NSLC employees are trained in ID programs like "Check 30".
They help to keep liquor out of the hands of minors and we count on them to keep our communities and our roads safe. Mothers Against Drunk Driving
(MADD) has made it very clear they support the public regulation and distribution of alcohol for the safety of citizens. Click here for MADD's research and arguments for keeping liquor sales public.

Please support your local unionized NSLC store. Help keep good jobs in your communities, keep liquor sales public, and your roads safe.


July 3, 2014 - Call out to Principle Unions: Please join us for the Halifax Pride Parade July 26, 2014 and the Cape Breton Pride Parade August 9, 2014. Info


May 27, 2014 - Unions respond to the government’s planned restructuring of the District Health Authorities (DHAs). More


May 27, 2014 - The NSFL is looking to redesign our website and online presence.  We are requesting proposals for this project with an anticipated launch date in mid-September. Deadline for proposals is June 16, 2014. See more details in this letter.


May 26, 2014 - Many unions are great supporters of literacy and workplace education programs through the unions and that is how I got involved. Sadly we have just learned that our federal Government funding has been cut, and we are currently taking steps to raise this funding denial.  Sisters and brothers, we actually have a great opportunity here to grow the face of the trade union movement in our province and I am asking that you consider the sponsorship of a hole for $500.00 or a straight donation to Literacy Nova Scotia. 

For information on the tournament and sponsorship levels go to the NSPGI website: or read more here.


May 9, 2014 - We Remember Westray. More


April 25, 2014 - Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke will speak at the South Shore Day Labour Council of Mourning ceremony at 1 pm on April 28th at King’s Landing, to mourn for the 34 Nova Scotian workers who lost their lives in 2013 due to workplace accident or illness and re-commit to making Nova Scotia workplaces safer. Press Release


April 15, 2014 - On April 28, we gather with fellow workers, friends and family members to remember our brothers and sisters killed or injured on the job, and to re-commit to making our workplaces safer for everyone. In 2013, 34 workers lost their lives. Ceremonies will be held to commemorate the Day of Mourning on April 28 around the province. For more information, click here.


April 2, 2014 - Join us at Province House tomorrow at 8:30 am as we rally against the legislation introduced by the McNeil Liberal Government on March 31, a Bill that takes away the rights of over 35,000 workers who provide health care for Nova Scotians.

Bill 37 is the most regressive Bill of its kind in the country and will effectively end free collective bargaining and sweep the entire health and community services
sector into a regime of forced interest arbitration and essential services provision.


March 7, 2014 - On behalf of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Women’s Committee and our 70,000 members, we stand in solidarity with the Canadian Labour Congress in their inspirational message for International Women’s Day.


February 27, 2014 - Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke says Premier MacNeil is making the wrong move in calling the Legislature back to introduce legislation to deal with the home support workers’ strike that is set to begin on Friday, February 28, 2014. Media release


February 21, 2014 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour currently has an opening for a term position, Campaign Coordinator. Please find full details on this job posting here...


January 30, 2014 - Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke says the 70,000 members of the Federation stand in support and solidarity behind the veterans across Canada who are making one last call on the Harper Government to reverse their decision to shut down nine Veteran’s Affairs offices tomorrow. Press Release


January 29, 2014 - We are accepting nominations for the NS Federation of Labour Committees, please see details on how to apply.


January 29, 2014 - For highlights and stories from Convention 2013, please see our daily newsletters “Convention News” below.

Sunday, October 27

Monday, October 28

Tuesday, October 29

Wednesday, October 30


December 24, 2013 - Season's greetings from the Executive and Staff of the NSFL. We would like to extend our best wishes to all of our members and their families for a wonderful holiday season.

Please find President Rick Clarke's New Year's message here. Happy holidays!


November 29, 2013 - Labour Federation “cautiously optimistic” on Speech from the Throne. Press Release


November 5, 2013 - Scrap the EI Changes!

Today, the NS Federation of Labour joins with over 80 community, student and labour groups across Canada advocating for fair employment insurance policies and have issued a national joint statement opposing dangerous changes to Canada’s Employment Insurance system made by the Harper government.  Joint statement, press release and the NSFL release is below.

Joint Statement by Community and Labour Groups

Coalition EI Release

Scrap the EI Changes! Media Advisory


October 10, 2013 - Just a reminder, that our 47th Convention is being held at the Westin Nova Scotian this year. Please be sure to contact the hotel directly if you require accommodations. Please find below all convention related documentation.

Convention Call 2013

Original Credential

Duplicate Credential

Hotel information

Clear language resolution example

Full-time staff memo


September 5, 2013 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour urges workers not to believe the Liberal Party’s false fronts when it comes to workers’ rights.  Stephen McNeil announced the Liberal plan on apprentices this morning. NSFL Press Release


August 30, 2013 - Labour Day message from NS Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke.


August 28, 2013 - The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Nova Scotia released a new report this morning, Working Together For Fairness: An Election Primer.  It looks at five policy areas identified by workers as key issues and looks at what the government has done, what the shortcomings were, and the next progressive policy steps that should be taken. Press Release


August 27, 2013 -The NSFL Executive, Staff, and Education Committee would like to congratulate the winners of the 2013 - 2014 NSFL bursaries. For a list of our winners, please visit our bursaries page. We wish each of them, and all of our applicants, the best of luck with their studies. A special thanks also to AIL Insurance and Higgins General Insurance who help make these bursaries possible.


August 19, 2013 - Celebrate Labour Day 2013! Events are being held across the province on September 2nd. For more information on the Labour Day event nearest you, click here.


July 8, 2013 - NSFL President Rick Clarke's editorial on guaranteed income security appeared in Saturday's Chronicle Herald.


May 8, 2013 - On the 21st anniversary of the Westray Mine Disaster, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke calls for more action to stop workplace injuries and fatalities. Press Release


April 30, 2013 -

NS Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke spoke at the Day of Mourning ceremony in Lunenburg on April 28, 2013 and at the CUPE – NS candlelight vigil in the Valley


April 19, 2013 - NSFL President Rick Clarke reacted to Conservative MP Gerald Keddy’s criticism of EI protesters. Press Release


April 17, 2013 - April 28th is the Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. For details on ceremonies being held throughout the province, click here.


April 11, 2013 - NS Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke sent this letter regarding EI Reform to Tory Leader, Jamie Baillie today.


April 9, 2013 - The recent appointment of Leroy Legere to the 33 member Tribunal that will hear EI appeals across Canada is an insult to workers in this Country, says Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke. Press Release


March 1, 2013 - The Town Hall meeting for Amherst has now been rescheduled. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 12th, at the Wandlyn Inn from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Also, a new date has been set for the EI Forum in Lunenburg. Please note, that this event will now be held on Monday, March 18th at the Lunenburg Community Centre. For more details, visit Facebook event page


February 20, 2013 - Please note, that the Town Hall meeting scheduled for tonight in New Glasgow has been cancelled due to the weather. We will post new information for this meeting once it has been rescheduled.


February 19, 2013 - Please be advised, that out of respect for the community during this difficult time, the EI Forum scheduled for Thursday night in Lunenburg is being postponed. We will post new details for this forum when they are available.


February 19, 2013 - NSFL president Rick Clarke appeared on Global TV this morning to discuss the Federation's campaign against Harper's EI changes.


February 11, 2013 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is organizing a series of PUBLIC TOWN HALL FORUMS on the Harper government's changes/cuts to Employment Insurance (EI) and how they will affect all Nova Scotians. Forums are now planned in Lunenburg, Dartmouth, Wolfville, Sydney and Antigonish, with more forums being organized in other communities.

Are you worried about the Harper Government's changes to Employment Insurance? Are you worried about not being able to access EI benefits when you need them? Do you wonder what this means for our communities, for the Province of Nova Scotia and the Atlantic Region?

Join us at for one of these important public meetings on EI changes (which run from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in each location) in a community near you in Nova Scotia, including:

Tuesday February 26th at the Holiday Inn Harbourview Hotel in Dartmouth (101 Wyse Road in Dartmouth, just across the MacDonald Bridge from Halifax) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm — see for details of the Dartmouth/HRM event

Monday March 4th at the Old Orchard Inn in the Annapolis Valley (see for directions to the Old Orchard Inn) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm — see for details of the Annapolis Valley event

Thursday March 7th at the Grand Lake Road Fire Hall in Sydney, Cape Breton (850 Grand Lake Road, next to the Mayflower Mall in Sydney) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm — see for details of the Cape Breton event

Thursday March 14th at Saint Ninian Place in Antigonish (121 St. Ninian Street in Antigonish) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm — see for details of the Antigonish event.

Monday, March 18th at the Lunenburg Community Centre (15 Green Street in Lunenburg) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm — see for details of the Lunenburg (South Shore) event


February 11, 2013 - The Nova Scotia NDP have responded to demands saying they need to do more to tell the story of how an NDP government is making a difference in Nova Scotia. They have created their first pre-election ad, which you can preview now by clicking the link below.


February 11, 2013 - The Presidents of the four Federations of Labour in Atlantic Canada are condemning changes by the Harper government to the country’s Employment Insurance program, saying the changes are about creating a pool of cheap labour and suppressing the wages of all Canadians. They are calling on the government to “scrap the changes” and halt its campaign to “demonize and vilify” the unemployed. Read press release


February 6, 2013 - Please note, the date and location for the Town Hall meeting in Yarmouth has been set. It will be Wednesday, February 27th at the Rodd Grand Hotel, 417 Main Street.


February 5, 2013 - Please be advised that the Town Hall meeting originally set for tomorrow, February 6th in Amherst has been postponed. We apologize for any confusion, and will post a new date and location for this meeting as soon as possible.


February 5, 2013 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is a proud labour sponsor of Alexa McDonough on "ProjectTWENTY12" at Mount Saint Vincent University. This donation will allow us to honour Alexa in a way that will be an everlasting tribute to her life's work in the social democratic movement in this country by naming the "Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice" after her.

Other Labour supporters of Alexa: Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW); CAW/Marine Workers' Local 1; NS Government and General Employees' Union (NSGEU); Nova Scotia Nurses' Union (NSNU), Mainland Nova Scotia Building and Construction Trades Council; Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE); United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada; UFCW Eastern Provinces Council; Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers' Union of Canada (CEP).


January 23, 2013 - This year, the NSFL Women's Committee is pleased to be hosting a conference called Women and the Media from March 1 - 3 in Greenwoood. For conference details, please see the documents below.

Conference Call

Conference Agenda

Registration Form

Any further questions can be directed to Colleen Hodder by phone at (902) 765-6921 or by email at


January 18, 2013 - It is likely there will be a provincial election this year. To begin a conversation about what role the labour movement should play in the coming election the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is hosting a series of eight town hall meetings across the province for union activists, stewards and local union executives. The town halls will discuss what has happened since the last election in 2009, and what labour’s priorities should be over the next year. Each one starts at 6:30 and runs to 8:30 pm.

Monday, January 21
Best Western Bridgewater, 527 Hwy 10

Thursday, January 31
Old Orchard Inn, 153 Greewich Rd South

Tuesday, February 5
Best Western Glengarry, 150 Willow St.

Thursday, February 7
Dartmouth Holiday Inn, 101 Wyse Rd

Monday, February 11
Cambridge Suites Hotel, 380 Esplanade

Wednesday, February 20
New Glasgow, Stellarton Holiday Inn Express, 86 Lawrence Blvd.


Wednesday, February 27
Rodd Grand Hotel, 417 Main Street


Tuesday, March 12
Wandlyn Inn, Exit 3 off the Trans Canada Highway 104


December 21, 2012 - New Year's message from NSFL President Rick Clarke.


December 21, 2012 - The NS Federation of Labour supports Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More Campaign. The CLC has released a statement of support for Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario, who is on a hunger strike in Ottawa. She is determined not to eat until granted an audience with the Prime Minister to discuss conditions on her reserve and government actions that compromise First Nations communities, land and water. We urge the Prime Minister to meet with Chief Spence.



December 20, 2012 - Happy Holidays from the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour! Please click here to read the latest NSFL Update Newsletter.


December 6, 2012 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is remembering the 14 women who were murdered at Montreal's École Polytecnique; murdered because they were women.....Today is National Day of Remembrance & Action for Violence against Women. Take some time to remember those 14 women and all women who we have lost but also commit to fighting for those who are still here.

Click here to read a statement from the Canadian Labour Congress.


December 6, 2012 - Premier Darrell Dexter delivered the annual State of the Province address yesterday in Halifax. Below is a video that was played at the event showing real Nova Scotians who are able to live, work and raise their families here at home.


November 27, 2012 - President Rick Clarke wrote a letter to the Editor of the Chronicle Herald after hearing Conservative Leader Leader Jamie Baillie on another one of his trademark anti-union, anti-worker rants of blaming all the wrongs of the system and economy — actual or perceived — on last year’s adoption of first-con­tract legislation. Jamie Baillie responded, read both letters here. 


October 12, 2012 - In 2011, there were 123,100 union members were working in Nova Scotia. Read more about the Union Advantage...