August 31, 2012 -Labour Day message from NS Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke. Read
August 24, 2012 - There are a total of five amazing events taking place in different parts of Nova Scotia for LABOUR DAY on Monday September 3rd, 2012. For details on the events, taking place in HALIFAX, PORT HAWKESBURY, KENTVILLE, SYDNEY and YARMOUTH on Labour Day, please click here.
August 22, 2012 - When Acadian Lines announced it was closing down in November, NS Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke immediately wrote the NS Minister of Transportation, urging him to consult with the NB and PEI Transportation Ministers about the pending loss of bus service in the region before offering a possible solution. We clearly believe a collective regional public solution will best address this matter and will better serve our region and citizens; strengthening and expanding our current transportation network.
Now the Maritime Federation of Labour Presidents have joined forces in the collective lobbying of their Provincial Transportation Ministers, urging them to press forward with a public and inter-provincial bus service to fill the void when Acadian Lines closes its doors in November.
President Clarke, NB Federation President Michel Boudreau, and PEI Federation President Carl Pursey have written a joint letter to the Maritime Transportation Ministers reiterating that bus transportation is an essential component for the three Maritime provinces to maintain and that a publicly-run regional bus service would serve the Maritime provinces and best meet the needs of our communities and people.
July 30, 2012 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour's Human Rights & Anti-Racism Committee did an outstanding job over the weekend of organizing and preparing the NSFL & union affiliate's float and contingent in the 25th annual Pride Parade in Halifax! Thanks to Tony Tracy for providing some pictures and video from the event.
July 24, 2012 - NSFL President Rick Clarke will host the presidents of the provincial and territorial Federations of Labour in Halifax this week (July 25-27) to coincide with the Canadian Provincial and Territorial Leaders’ Council of the Federation meeting.
The labour leaders, will strategize how to keep the pressure on the Federal Conservatives to stop slashing jobs and services as they hurry towards their unrealistic target of a 2015 surplus and will be urging the First Ministers to do the same. Press release
June 15, 2012 - News that the Bowater Mersey Paper Company Mill in Liverpool is closing indefinitely on June 17 is devastating news for CEP members who believed the plant and their community had a future, says NS Federation President Rick Clarke. Press Release
May 11, 2012 - Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke says that the recently announced jobs cuts for the Halifax, Chignecto Central and Annapolis Valley school boards this week is another blow to the already ailing education system in this province. Press Release
May 10, 2012 - Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President says Government statements on layoffs and service cuts in health care are unfair and divisive. More...
May 10, 2012 - Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Rick Clarke spoke at this year’s Day of Mourning ceremony at Province House to remember, pay tribute to and mourn for the 27 Nova Scotian workers who lost their lives in 2011.
April 24, 2012 - This Saturday April 28th is the Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. May 9th is the 20th anniversary of the Westray Mine Disaster and there is a ceremony being held in Westray Memorial Park. For details on April 28th events being held throughout the province and the Westray ceremony, click here.
April 5, 2012 - NS Federation of Labour says business tax cuts in provincial budget wrong action at the wrong time. Press Release
April 5, 2012 - "Occupational Health and Safety News" offers up-to-date news and developments from the Occupational Health and Safety Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Visit our links page to check out their website.
April 5, 2012 - The NS Federation of Labour hosted a panel discussion in Halifax on March 6 to discuss the possible impacts a Canada-EU free trade deal will have on the Nova Scotia economy and on Nova Scotians. The panel consisted of Canadian Autoworkers' Union (CAW) Economist Jim Stanford, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) Senior Researcher Scott Sinclair and Fred Morley, Executive Vice-President and Chief Economist of the Greater Halifax Partnership. To view videos from the panel discussion, please visit our Media page.
March 22, 2012 - Labour Federation Rick Clarke says NS Finance Minister’s announcement of tax cuts is poor timing, poor decision. Press Release
March 16, 2012 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour is standing is solidarity with the Newfoundland and Labrador to condemn the anti-worker actions of fishing corporation Ocean Choice International in Mulgrave. Press Release
February 24, 2012 - Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke urges Nova Scotia Finance Minister to get back to basics in light of Nova Scotia's economic challenges. More...
February 17, 2012- Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke is continuing to call on HRM Mayor Peter Kelly to explain what councillors were led to believe before they rejected ATU 508’s offer of binding arbitration. Read press release
January 27, 2012 - NSFL President Rick Clarke has written HRM Mayor Peter Kelly telling him to stop "ultimatum bargaining" with members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 508. Clarke urged the Mayor to use the remaining time left to return to the bargaining table and try a fair, equitable approach and talk about the issues. Over 95,000 transit users are depending on HRM deal with this do what is right for members of ATU Local 508 and their families. Read letter.
November 28, 2011 - First Contract Arbitration is in Law Amendments right now after a long lead-up. The Labour-Management Review Committee called for submissions and many of our affiliates responded, as did the Federation. President Clarke also wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Chronicle Herald.
November 25, 2011 - Call for all Locals and Labour Councils, please send in nominations for NSFL Committees, details here....
November 15, 2011 - Workers at AbititbiBowater Mill are in impossible situation. More...
October 28, 2011 - Over 200 delegates attended the 46th Convention of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. For highlights and our press release from the last day, during which elections were held, please click on the links below.
October 2, 2011 - Media Statement from the N.S. Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke: Labour mourns the loss of a great labour leader – Nancy Riche. More...
Georgetti Praises Nancy Riche – Says workers everywhere have lost a fighter
October 2, 2011 - OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) today is mourning the death of Nancy Riche, one of Canada’s leading women labour leaders and a tireless advocate for workers’ and women’s rights.
“We are all saddened by Nancy’s death. Workers everywhere have lost a fighter,” says Ken Georgetti, president of the CLC. “She never backed down from a challenge, and never stopped working for everyday working people.”
A champion of women’s rights and a pioneer in the Canadian women’s movement, Riche, a former CLC Secretary-Treasurer, passed away Saturday following complications from a heart condition.
Riche came to the Canadian Labour Congress as a seasoned union leader and activist. A community college instructor in Newfoundland and Labrador, she served from 1984 to 1986 as Secretary-Treasurer of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the national umbrella union representing the interests of provincial public service workers.
As a prominent union activist, Riche also held the position of Vice-President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour for the six years ending in 1984.
Riche’s earliest union involvement convinced her of the need for labour to push its agenda in the political arena. As such, she has been a long-time supporter of the New Democratic Party, and served as the federal NDP’s Associate President (Labour).
In 1995, Riche was awarded an Honourary Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, from which she graduated in 1977.
As one of Canada’s leading female labour leaders, Riche served as Vice-President of the Brussels-based International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and Chair of its Women’s Committee from 1993-2002.
She has also been recognized for her outstanding contribution to the lives of working women in Canada and around the world. In 2002, she received both the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) Woman of Courage Award and the Governor-General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. In 2004, she became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
“Nancy’s contribution to the social fabric of Canada will live on in the work of the countless labour and women’s activists whose lives she touched and inspired,” Georgetti says.
The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada’s national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial Federations of Labour and 130 district Labour Councils. Website: www.canadianlabour.ca
September 2, 2011 - Happy Labour Day weekend! Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke will be joined by Premier Darrell Dexter and Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti at the Halifax Labour Day Celebration on Monday.
To read President Clarke's Labour Day message, please click here.
Please join us for Labour Day celebrations across the province. For more information on events in your area, please read our newsletter.
September 1, 2011
Sisters and Brothers,
I am writing today to ask your help as we push for over 10,000 declarations of support across Canada for a winning shipbuilding bid in Nova Scotia. We are less than 1700 pins shy of our goal on http://CanadianShipsStartHere.ca, and with your help we can get there.
Please send a prompt to your email database, asking them to push for 10,000. Here's what we will be sending to our email list, please use this verbatim or edit as appropriate!
10,000 pins means that these 10,000 Canadians care about where the next federal fleet is built. And they want to be heard.
10,000 pins means that Canadians want to make sure that Canada's fleet is built by the best shipbuilders in Canada in the best shipyard in the country.
10,000 pins means that Canada supports Canadian shipbuilding.
Shipbuilding is in our blood on the East Coast. We know we've said it before, but think about that. The vessels we build get put on dimes. The ships we build make up 80% of the current surface combat fleet already. Canada has that much confidence in our shipbuilding, so why would ships get built anywhere else?
Plus, an investment in shipbuilding in Atlantic Canada has the greatest economic impact across all of Canada.
Show your support today for Canadian shipbuilding. Go to CanadianShipsStartHere.ca and leave a pin on the map. Write a comment. And, most importantly, tell your friends. Tell your colleagues. Tell everyone. Help us reach 10,000 declarations of support.
Labour mourns the loss of a great National Leader and a friend – Jack Layton
August 22, 2011 - On behalf of the 70,000 affiliated members of the NSFL, it’s affiliated member unions, and Executive Council, I would like to extend our deepest and most sincere condolences and feelings of loss to the family of Jack Layton. Jack cared deeply for his family, and I can only imagine how devastated they must be.
This is indeed a sad day for Jack's family and friends, and for Canada. Jack was an inspirational leader and a truly great and dedicated Canadian, being a progressive voice on so many important issues on behalf of Canadians from all walks of life. Premier Dexter said it best when he said in his statement-
“Today Canadians lost a man with the rare ability to both lead and unite our country - a man with an infectious enthusiasm and a fighting spirit that so many of us came to admire and love.”
His years of dedicated service have left a legacy that will live on for generations. Today we remember and mourn the loss of a great Canadian who has accomplished so much in our interest – tomorrow we honour Jack and the legacy he left by working to make a difference for Canada and Canadians.
On a personal note, I had the great opportunity of knowing and working with Jack for a number of years, building a great relationship, and considered him a friend. I will indeed mourn the loss of not only a truly great National Leader, but a friend as well.
In Solidarity and Friendship,
Join us for 24th Annual Halifax Pride Parade on July 23rd from 1:30 pm until 3:00 pm...
July 20, 2011 - This is the second year the NS Federation of Labour will have a float in the annual Pride Parade through the heart of the city. Halifax has the fourth largest Pride Parade in Canada. Halifax is renowned for its family friendly community strong parade. This year’s parade will be no different. Last year there were 60,000 spectators and 1,400 parade participants, and this year's parade promises to be even bigger. The Parade starts at 1:30pm and follows the best route ever through our beautiful city to the Garrison Grounds. We are proud to march 'better together' in Pride!
Marshaling starts at 11:30AM at Cornwallis and Upper Water Street. Anti-Racism/Human Rights Committee Chair Jason MacLean and the other committee members will be putting the final touches on all their hard work on the float. Please join us in what will be a great day of celebration!
**Route: Lower Water Street to Barrington to Spring Garden to South Park.
For more information, please contact Joan Wark at this email or the number below. Please check out he Halifax Pride website for info on other events this week: http://www.halifaxpride.com/
June 29, 2011 - Declare your support for the best Canadian ships built by the best: Irving Shipbuilding!
There's a competition happening right now in Canada. It's called the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy, and it will decide which of four Canadian shipyards will earn the work to build the next generation of Canadian naval vessels. The economic impact of this project cannot be overstated: it's huge.
This is the biggest opportunity for Nova Scotia since the navy was established 100 years ago.
This is a merit-based contest and we want Canadians and decision-makers in Ottawa to understand three important points:
1. That Nova Scotia is built to build ships. Irving Shipbuilders have built more than 80% of the surface combat surface fleet. No other yard is better suited to win this bid. We are truly Canada's best shipyard.
2. That if Irving Shipbuilding wins this bid, all of Canada will win this bid, all of Canada will benefit more than if any other shipyard were to win. If Halifax wins, Canada wins.
3. Irving Shipbuilding is the only Canadian-owned shipyard in the competition.
Please spread the word. Visit the website and take action. Spread the word to your unions, labour councils, family and friends and ask them to do the same.
June 17, 2011 - Join us on Saturday, June 18th at rallies in Sydney and Halifax in support of locked-out members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) who are facing back-to-work legislation. Halifax rally at 2 pm across from Almon Street Post Office. Sydney rally and march starts at 1:30 pm at the corner of Pitt and George Streets.
For more information on the rallies, click the city you are interested in. Halifax or Sydney.
May 19, 2011 - In June 2010, the federal government initiated the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy: a formal process to select two Canadian shipyards for construction of large vessels. RFP responses are due July 7th, 2011, and a decision is expected in late summer or early fall.
ShipsStartHere.ca is about Nova Scotia’s response to the NSPS opportunity.
April 19, 2011 - Read about April 28th Day of Mourning events and upcoming conferences here...
April 14, 2011 - Federation President Rick Clarke urges provincial government to adopt recommendation of Minimum Wage Committee. To read the press release, click here.
To read the full NSFL response to the Minimum Wage Committee Report, click here.
February 24, 2011 - NSFL President Rick Clarke was a member of the Committee appointed to develop a poverty reduction strategy for Nova Scotia. Click here to read some highlights of what has been happening.
January 28, 2011 - Federation President Clarke urges more productive and meaningful discussion on Nova Scotia’s Education System . More...
January 1, 2011 - Happy New Year from the Executive and Staff of the Nova Scotia Federation on Labour. To read President Clarke's New Year's message, click here.
December 3, 2010 -
NSFL Women’s Committee Conference
“Strong Women • Strong Unions”
On September 6, 2010 Labour Day celebrations were held around the province.
Hundreds attended the Halifax-Dartmouth and District Labour Council rally and parade.
September 2, 2010 - On Labour Day we recognize and pay tribute to the many valuable social and economic achievements made by working people.
Click here to read the Labour Day 2010 Message from Rick Clarke, President
August 23, 2010 -
Farmers Boycott over
The workers at Farmers Dairy (CEP Local 40N) have ratified a Collective Agreement with the employer, and have requested that the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour & its affiliate unions end the boycott of Farmers Dairy products.
Congratulations to the members of CEP Local 40N in standing strong throughouta lockout that lasted more than five weeks.
June 21, 2010 - The Nova Scotia Federation of Labour in partnership with Higgins General Insurance is pleased to offer its sixth annual bursary in the amount of $1000.00. This bursary will be offered to a full-time student who will be attending university or trade school/community college for the first time or as a returning student.
June 11, 2010- If you are travelling between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, please support our CAW brothers and sisters by filling up at the Gas Bar at 17 Lawrence St. In Amherst. More...
May 5, 2010 - NSFL First Vice-President Joan Jessome laid a wreath at the Day of Mourning ceremony held at Province House on April 28th. She also spoke at the event along with Canadian Labour Congress Execurive Vice-President Barb Byers and Halifax-Dartmouth and District Labour Council President Kyle Buott.
Other ceremonies were held around the province sponsored by the the Annapolis Valley Labour Council, the Strait Area Labour Council, the South Shore Labour Council and the Cape Breaton District Labour Council and the Town of New Glasgow.
April 1, 2010 - Latest Nova Scotia Worker Update with April 28th, Day of Mourning Ceremony details and information on the Nova Scotia Federation of Union Retirees AGM on May 15, 2010. Read...
March 25, 2010 -
NSFL president Rick Clarke and CAW Local 1 & NSFL General Vice President Karl Risser at the Halifax Shipyard speaking with Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. On February 25th, the Dexter Government announced a $20-million investment in the Halifax Shipyard to help create jobs. The investment is a repayable loan and will be used to modernize and upgrade infrastructure to increase competitiveness.
12, 2010 - Federation President Rick
Clarke urges NS government to honour wage parity. More...
4, 2010 - President Clarke's New Year's
24, 2009 - Federation condemns Gerald
Keddy's rant against Nova Scotians. More...
16, 2009 -
Send a Message to your Member of Parliament!
Canada is at a crossroads, just like it was forty
years ago when it was time to do something about
our health care system. Today, we need to do something
about retirement income, and we need to do it
All that's needed is some leadership from the
federal government. Which is why we need you to
tell your Member of Parliament that you support
the Canadian Labour Congress' campaign for "Retirement
Security for everyone!"
We made Canada a better country when we moved
forward together and created a health care system
that works for everyone.
Let's do it again and give every Canadian the
chance to retire from work and live their last
years in dignity.
27, 2009 - Day of Mourning press release
from NSFL President Rick Clarke and updated agenda
of province-wide events. More...
27, 2009 - Federation President Rick
Clarke's opinion piece on April 28th Day of Mourning
appeared in The Chronicle Herald on April 24th. Read...
24, 2009 -Day
of Mourning Ceremony, Pictou County
Day of Mourning ceremony to be held at Trenton
Park, Tuesday April 28, at 6pm.
There will also be a wreath laying ceremony, if
any locals are interested in taking part.
21, 2009 -A delegation of the Canadian
Labour Congress is here in Geneva to engage with the
UN Durban Review Process. This conference is intended
to assess UN member nations efforts to eliminate racism
since the landmark declaration agreed to in Durban
in 2001. Website...
14, 2009 - Labour Federation calls
on Servisair to get back to the bargaining table. More...
27, 2009 - President Rick Clarke has
written an open letter to Premier Rodney MacDonald
on the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia Partnership Agreement
on Regulation and the Economy (PARE). Read...
26, 2009 - Job losses in the Valley
point to need for balanced representation on NS Economic
Advisory Panel. Read...
16, 2009 - Canadian Labour Congress
"Get Real: It's the Economy" campaign.
16, 2009 - GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture
Fund is offering an exciting lunch benefit to union members in 2009. More...
7, 2009 - Petro Canada Boycott is
24, 2008 - President Clarke's New
Year's message. Read...
23, 2008 - PSAC members accept final
offer from Canada Post. More...
17, 2008 - Over 2000 Members of
the Union of Postal Communications Employees (PSAC)
are on strike across Canada. Read what is going
on across the country and find out how you can help
Halifax workers on the picket line.
17, 2008 - The
latest NSFL Update, featuring details
on how to register for the NSFL Women’s Committee
Conference, “Bridging the Connection”,
being held at the Holiday Inn Select in Stellarton,
March 6, 7 & 8, 2009. Read...
3, 2008 -
Let's Make Parliament Work!
for a COALITION GOVERNMENT NOW!
9, 2008 - N.S. Federation of Labour
calls for debate on Temporary Foreign Workers Program. Press
3, 2008 - Federal election rules limit
what we say about the election on our public news
page. Therefore, we talk more to the issues facing
workers and their families in our Members Only section.
Please login on the left of this page. For more information,
please contact the Federation office at 454-6735.
3, 2008 - Federal
Election ’08, Get Involved! This election
is about our jobs, our pay cheques, our families
and our futures.
2, 2008 - Working families deserve
a parliament that makes their needs a top priority. Read...
26, 2008 - The
latest NSFL Update, featuring details
on how to register for the NSFL OH&S/WCB Committee
Conference Back to Basics being held
at the Citadel Hotel, Halifax, November 7, 8 &
9, 2008. Read...
26, 2008 - Municipal politics matter
to working families. On October 18th when Nova Scotians
go to the polls they will be deciding who stands up
for working families. It is time to demand a fair
deal for your communities.
16, 2008 - Why isn’t the NS Government
using the interrupter clause to help Nova Scotians
at the gas pumps? Federation President Rick
Clarke issued a press release today. Read
4, 2008 -N.S. Federation of Labour
submission to Canada Post Corporation's Stretegic
3, 2008 - Airlines: Support
CUPE flight attendants
flight attendants are fighting for their jobs as
Air Canada plans to slash 300 jobs in Vancouver,
187 in Halifax and 144 in Winnipeg. Flight attendants
bases in Halifax and Winnipeg would be closed. Click
on the CUPE link below to help, by circulating and
signing a petition and sending a letter to your
2, 2008 - Rick
Clarke's Labour Day Message 2008. Read...
1, 2008 - Canadian Labour Congress
Executive Vice-President Marie Clarke Walker and
Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke at Labour
Day celebration organized by the Halifax-Dartmouth
and District Labour Council.
20, 2008 - Check out this year's Labour
Day activities in the latest Update...
21, 2008 - President Rick Clarke,
presentation to House of Commons Standing Committee
on Temporary Foreign Workers. Read...
4, 2008 - New Poll Says
It's Time the MacDonald Government Focused on Recruitment
and Retention. More...
4, 2008 - PRESS
RELEASE: Viewpoints Poll Shows Nova Scotians Oppose
P3s, Prefer Public Surgery Clinics
27, 2008 - P3 infrastructure wrong
choice for Nova Scotia says Federation of Labour. Read...
24, 2008 -Coalition of Nova Scotia
Health Care Unions request meeting with Premier. More...
19, 2007 New
Year’s Message from Nova Scotia Federation President
Rick Clarke Read...
18, 2007 Workers finally have new
law to protect their wages
Canadian workers have finally won new legal protection
for their wages and their pension contributions
when their employer goes bankrupt.
This was accomplished after an intensive three-year
campaign by the Canadian Labour Congress and its
affiliated unions and federations of labour to change
bankruptcy laws that unfairly put workers last line
to get paid.
To print the English PDF version, please click
the link below
12, 2007 The Canadian
Bankers' Association President and CEO has written
a letter "What Canada Needs for Christmas".....Rick
Clarke has responded, Read
28, 2007 Going Backwards on Women's
28, 2007Premier “resorting
to distortion” to try and win support
for strike ban law Read
16, 2007 JOB OPPORTUNITY
WITH GROWTHWORKS ATLANTIC VENTURE FUND Read
12, 2007- The
Coalition representing Nova Scotia Healthcare Workers
in the Fight to Retain their Collective Barganing
Rights Maintains that they Will Not Participate in
Talks Pertaining to the Right to Strike Read
12, 2007- 80%
of Nova Scotians Believe Strike Ban Won't Fix Pressing
Healthcare Problems: Poll....
6, 2007 In a recent opinion piece
published in the Halifax Herald, President Clarke
calls for open debate in trade deals, Read
30, 2007 A Labour Day Message from
Rick Clarke, President of the Nova Scotia Federation
31, 2007 Earlier this week, President
Clarke sent an open letter to all retailers asking
them to reconsider opening their doors on Labour Day.
Now, some stores have decided to stay closed.Read
17, 2007 Attacking workers' rights will not
fix Nova Scotia's health care system Read
11, 2007 NSFL President Rick Clarke Comments
on Atlantica Read
9, 2007 Day of Mourning April
“As we gather today to remember, mourn and
pay tribute to the twenty- two Nova Scotian workers
who lost their lives due to workplace injury or
illness; we must also use this Day of Mourning to
commit to take real steps and measures to make our
workplaces safe and healthy for all workers,”
said Nova Scotia Federation of Labour President
Rick Clarke.” Far too many workers are being
killed or injured on the job every year, a fact
everyone is only to well aware of but again today
we mourn the loss of twenty-two workers. If we hope
to see a cultural change to improve workplace safety
and health it is up to government, business and
labour to take up the challenge and to work together
to make it happen.”
“Workplace accidents and fatalities have
a devastating impact on families, workplaces and
communities and workers their families and there
communities are depending on us, collectively, to
do what is necessary to provide resources, tools
and legislative/regulatory support to ensure a workers
can return home from work at the end of the day
safe and healthy.” Said Clarke “They
deserve nothing less."
workshop on bullying in the workplace held on April
27 for labour representatives, employers and government
With a new provincial regulation on workplace violence
recently passed, The N.S. Federation of Labour,
in partnership with the Workers' Compensation Board
and the Department of Environment and Labour held
a workshop which focused on identifying, assessing,
investigating and intervening in cases of bullying
Over 150 employer and union representativers
attended and 200 people were on a waiting list.
9, 2007 In the next
federal election, remember how your MP voted on anti-scab
20 , 2006 GrowthWorks Atlantic Venture
Fund is a labour sponsored Venture Capital Fund.
It provides its shareholders with extra tax breaks.
All the money invested stays in Atlantic Canada,
where it helps to build new jobs and support already
established businesses in the area. Click the site
to learn more!
May 11, 2006 - Locked out fish plant workers come to Province House
"One of those workers was a reservist
who was a letter carrier who gave up his job to go
out on behalf of Canada...all fallen soldiers are
included in our tribute today."
"Our workplace laws and regulations need to be
expanded, strengthened and enforced to protect workers
on the job," said Clarke.
25, 2006 - Frank Corbett, MLA for Cape Breton
Centre is hoping Premier Rodney MacDonald will introduce
long-awaited violence in the workplace regulations,
this week more>
January 30, 2006- Read the latest on CEP 972 Locked out Workers...<more
21, 2006 - CEP Local 972 represents over 700
members of Clerical, Main Mill, and Woodlands divisions
of Stora Enso Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Main Mill and Clerical workers have been locked
out by Stora Enso Port Hawkesbury since January
Check out the latest news on their website CEP
25, 2006 - As of today, CEP Local 972 members
have been locked out for 122 days, see
26, 2006 - We
can make a difference in this election--support the
NDP, here's how...<more
9, 2006 - Support the Labour NDP Candidate in
your area <more
8, 2006 - Families, young people, seniors and
students can win next Tuesday <more
1, 2006 - Union families make
the first time ever, the Nova Scotia Federation of
Labour carried out a province-wide poll of unionized
households to find out what issues union women and
men want our next provincial government to look like... <CLICK
HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
29, 2006 - On June 13th, Nova Scotians will go
to the polls to elect a new legislative assembly.
They will choose between Darrell Dexter’s NDP
and a Conservative agenda ... <more
30, 2006 - Five
and a half month strike over at National Gypsum ...<more
30, 2006 - Federation Letter to School Board
RE: Steelworkers' STRIKE ...<more
30, 2006 - Labour Federation
questions School Board push for replacement workers...<more
1 , 2006 - March & Rally in
Support of CEP Local 972
On Saturday March 18, 2006 CEP Local 972 will hold
a March & Rally in support of their members and
families, who have been locked out by their employer
Stora Enso, Port Hawkesbury, N.S.
All unions, affiliates, associations, and general
public are invited to attend and take part in this
show of support and Solidarity.
Our CEP Building is located at 323 Reeves Street,
which is between the Dairy Queen & the Anglican
Church, Port Hawkesbury, NS.
“Please Park at Anglican Church Parking Lot
through entrance off of Pitt Street”
March will start promptly at 2:00 pm. from Union
Parking lot down Reeves Street and back, and will
be followed by some speakers back at Union Hall
Dress warm and bring your banners, signs, flags,
friends and families.
“If You Don’t Stand For Something
– You Will Fall For Anything”
If more information is required, or you have any
questions or concerns you may contact:
Tom Mc NamaraPh # (902) 625-1245 – Union
Fax#(902) 625-5943 – Union Office
24 , 2005 - Nova Scotia Makes Poor Showing
on Child Poverty – Report <more HALIFAX: Child poverty in Nova Scotia has
increased for the fourth year running and now stands
at 20.7 percent, according to a report released today
by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The
Nova Scotia Child Poverty Report Card, published annually
since 1999, says this now puts one in five Nova Scotia
children at risk of the many negative outcomes related
to poverty, including poorer nutrition, poorer health,
greater likelihood of failing in school and decreased
economic prospects as they enter adulthood. Nova Scotia
children in female lone-parent families are four times
more likely to be affected than those in two-parent
families. The report also finds that Nova Scotia continues
to make less progress in reducing the rate of child
poverty than any other province in the region.
For further information contact:
Pauline Raven (902) 542-3085; (902) 670-2949 (cell),
or John Jacobs (902) 477-1252
22, 2005 - NDP LAUNCHES PETITION TO STOP UNFAIR POWER RATE HIKES
for more information or to sign the petition click.
17, 2006 - Looking
Ahead to 2006
In 2005, we worked on many issues important to
Nova Scotians, including: much-needed reform of
the province’s labour laws; occupational health
and safety, immigration, health care, workers’
compensation, employment insurance, pensions, human
rights and anti-racism issues, women’s issues,
child care, youth and social justice issues.
Our minority government structure lets us work
with the parties towards positive change for Nova
Scotians. We have made some gains this year and
we look forward to continuing to work within this
In addition to their daily work, worker representatives,
through the Federation of Labour, sit on many government
boards and committees that deal with issues that
affect us all. One of these is the Minimum Wage
Review Committee, whose work resulted in a fair
increase, not what we had hoped for, but it is a
start and our efforts will continue.
We intensified our efforts for government to advance
and enact regulations pursuant to the Occupational
Health and Safety (OH&S) Act currently sitting
in backlog -- OHS regulations are an intricate part
of workplace health and safety and government must
Health care continues to be a high priority; Nova
Scotians want the problems with health care addressed
and the system expanded and sustained, ensuring
that public dollars are used exclusively for public,
not for-profit health care.
We were pleased to see the government pursue the
Provincial Immigration Strategy; for immigration,
along with training for our youth and the current
workforce, will be as important factors in our future
as they have been in our history.
We have also called on the Nova Scotia Government
to participate in a national childcare and early
learning system and to take the approach of community-based
non-profit delivery in its agreement with the federal
government. We believe this is the best approach
that will enable Nova Scotia to meet the social
needs of its children and their families.
Job security and contracting-out have been major
areas of concern and dispute at the bargaining table
this year and if the trend continues, 2006 could
be an interesting year, for workers are not going
to willingly see their job and family security taken
2006 is looking like another busy year as we continue
to advance these issues and increase the focus on
other matters such as; youth employment, the growth
in precarious jobs, high cost of post-secondary
education and other factors that contribute to the
plight of the working poor.
Politically, 2006 is going to be a very interesting
and important year for Canadians and for Nova Scotians,
we are currently in the midst of a federal election
and all indicators point to a provincial election
later this year, possibly late spring or summer.
Thanks to a minority government in Ottawa we have
seen some positive changes that we believe are good
for people and for Canada in general.
We have seen a re-investment in our social programs;
wages, benefits and pensions are better protected
when companies go bankrupt; childcare is a program
instead of a promise; training for workers is now
high on the list of federal priorities not to mention
how close we came to seeing anti-scab legislation
We liked this balance of government at both the
provincial and federal levels; for the benefits
achieved have been good for people and their communities
and we will continue our political action and activities,
attempting to secure more changes that benefit peoples’
There are many issues and challenges facing us
as we head into the New Year, and we truly believe
we have many opportunities before us, opportunities
that are achievable through working together.
We are committed to a just and fair society and
we are equally committed to working towards these
goals in the interest of all Nova Scotians.
The work we do every day not only benefits our
70,000 affiliates and their families, but all Nova
Scotians. We have worked hard for change and we
will intensify our efforts in 2006 to make life
better for all Nova Scotians.
31, 2005 - Updates from the 43rd Nova Scotia
Federation of Labour Convention
13 , 2006 - Election
2006 - This federal election
is all about choices: the choices you make about the
kind of Canada you want for yourself, your family,
and your neighbors election - and the choices the
parties make about whose side they're on.
Who will help build a better society for all Canadian
17, 2006 - Make
A Better Choice in this Election
out what each of the political parties – Bloc,
NDP, Liberals, Conservatives or Green – are
saying about the issues of major importance to Canadian
working families – health care; pension protection;
pay equity; education, training and skill development;
good jobs; workers’ rights; child care; and
international trade – visit the Better Choice
2006 web site www.betterchoice.ca.
In addition to an analysis of party positions,
you will also find downloadable fact sheets on each
of the major issues, in-depth background papers,
links to many other useful sites and a daily commentary
on what the political parties are saying.
This election, be informed to make a Better Choice!
26, 2005 - Labour Day
events in Nova Scotia:
and District Labour Council is holding a march and
picnic starting at 10:30 am at the South Commons
Triangle (by the Willow Tree) at the Commons in
The Cape Breton District Labour Council is holding
their Labour Day picnic event from 1:00 pm - 3:00
pm at the Sydney Boardwalk behind the Civic Building,
The New Glasgow and District Labour Council is
holding their event at Steeltown Park in Trenton
from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm.
10, 2005 - Supreme Court decision ignores Canadians'
desire for stronger public health care system.
28, 2005 - A large crowd gathered at Province
House to mourn for the 27 workers who lost their lives
at work in 2004 and those who were injured. Nova Scotia
Federation of Labour President Rick Clarke spoke on
the national theme of this year’s ceremonies
"Save Lives - Enforce Health and Safety Legislation".
He vowed that the Federation will never forget Westray
and we that will continue to pressure governments
to be accountable for enforcing workplace health and
9 , 2005 - Workers send
message to Walmart that workers in Canada have a
right to unionize! A great crowd
gathered at Wal-Mart in Halifax on Saturday, May
7 to greet shoppers and hand out "Mal-Wart"
coupons, to help raise awareness of Wal-Mart activities.
This event was co-ordinated by the CLC in conjunction
with similar actions across the country. For more
information, please visit www.canadianlabour.ca or http://www.ufcw.ca/.
14, 2005 - Hundreds of
people attend CUPE Local 5050 support rally in Sydney!
The strike by 1400 members of
CUPE Local 5050 which represents janitors, bus drivers
and other support staff with the Cape Breton-Victoria
Regional School Board is nearing at the end of its
Speaker after speaker at the rally repeated the
call for governments intervention to end this dispute.
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour president Rick
Clarke called on Premier John Hamm to intervene
in the labour dispute, which the government has
refused to do.
New Democrat Leader Darrell Dexter promised to
raise the issue next week when provincial politicians
return to the legislature for the spring sitting.
12, 2005 - "We want fair treatment for
workers under the Canada Labour Code" - Federation
of Labour President Rick Clarke joined Bloc Québécois
MP Carole Lavallée in calling on Liberal
and Conservative MPs to support Bill C-263, the
Anti-Strike Breaker Bill when it comes to a vote
on April 13. The support of all 54 Bloc Québécois
MPs and 19 NDP MPs is guaranteed.
From left to right: Federation of
Labour President Rick Clarke; MP for Saint-Bruno-Saint-Huburt
Carole Lavallée and CLC Representative Paulette
Sadoway at today's press conference.
13, 2005 - Happy 20th anniversary to the Strait
Area District Labour Council
On May 28th, the Strait Area District Labour Council
held an anniversary dinner and party to celebrate
20 years of activism within the labour movement
and the community. Activists came from around the
province to join the Executive of the Labour Council
in marking this important occasion.
Federation President Rick Clarke brought greetings
Cutting the cake, from left to right: CLC Representative
Paulette Sadoway, Strait Area District Labour Council
President Judy Castle, 1st VP Walter Henwood, Treasurer
Betsy MacIntyre and Secretary Ronalda MacGillivary.
11, 2005 - Sister of the Year awarded!
Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer/Women’s
Committee Chairperson Ivy Shaw was named 2005 Sister
of the Year at a special event held on Saturday, March
5th in honour of International Women’s Day.
It was the second annual silent auction evening held
by the committee to raise money for their team in
the "Run for the Cure" for breast cancer
The sisters raised over $700.00 and will continue
to raise money in their communities for the October
Sister Cheri Meehan presented Sister Shaw with her
award for her outstanding contribution to women’s
issues in the labour movement and the community.
February 8, 2005 - Build
child care - Federal, provincial and territorial
politicians are meeting behind closed doors on
February 11 in Vancouver to work out details on
a pan-Canadian child care system. We want to make
sure they build the best possible system. Check
out the CLC information. For your information,
in Nova Scotia, the Minister Responsible for child
care is David Morse, Minister of Community Services,
8th Floor, Nelson Place, 5675 Spring Garden Rd.,
Halifax, N.S., B3J 2T7. Fax: 424.0549. Email:
10, 2004 - On December
10, The Halifax-Dartmouth and District Labour Council
gave its Human Rights Awards...
(From left to right Halifax
Dartmouth and District Labour Council President/NSFL
General Vice-President Cheri Meehan, award recipients
Betty Peterson and Beatrice Douglas, Marcella Shears,
Carlotta Weymouth and Rick Clarke.)
On December 10, The Halifax-Dartmouth and
District Labour Council gave its Human Rights Awards
to Beatrice Douglas, member of the Nova Local of
the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and long-time
labour activist and to Sister Betty Peterson long
time peace activitist and founder of the Raging
Sister Douglas received her award in recognition
of her accomplishments as a labour activist and
her dedication to the understanding of human rights
and her contribution to labour movement and society.
Sister Peterson in recognition of her long and outstanding
commitment to peace, equality and human rights for
The awards were presented by Nova Scotia Federation
of Labour (NSFL) Anti-Racism/Human Rights Chairperson
and Labour Council Secretary Marcella Shears and
Committee member and Labour Council Vice-President
NSFL President Rick Clarke, Canadian Labour Congress
Representative Paulette Sadoway and CUPW Nova Local
President John Buckland spoke after the presentations.
“Sister Douglas and Sister Peterson make important
contributions to their communities and the labour
Movement and we are proud to work with such dedicated
people,” said Rick Clarke.
“I commend the Labour Council for their wonderful
choice of recipients,” Clarke said.
Building a Stronger Movement - Our Province, Our Future
The Federation’s Off-Year Conference
in Sydney November 20 - 21 was an intense two-day
session during which delegates looked at five critical
issues that face labour today:
-ensuring the relevancy of unions
-organizing the unorganized
-the fight for free collective bargaining
-organizing the organized and social change and
With over 90 delegates registered, workshops were
lively and delegates gave valuable input on the
topics which will form the basis of a report and
recommendations , which, when complete, will go
to the NSFL Executive Council.
6 , 2004 - Click on billboard for more information
30, 2004 - Submission to the Nova Scotia Utility
and Review Board Re: Nova Scotia Power Rate
Increase Application By the Nova Scotia Federation
of Labour, CLC <more
26, 2004 - Nova Scotia fares poorly among Atlantic
neighbors on measures of child poverty <more
22, 2004 - 15 Days, 15 Ways - Campaign
to end violence against women calls on the Prime Minister.
November 12, 2004 - A
Day of Rememberance- Halifax-Dartmouth and District
Labour Council is holding a special event on December
6, 2004 <more
September 24, 2004 - Have
your say on immigration
The Province has recently released a Discussion
Paper entitled "A Framework for Immigration"
now in consultation, a process in which we will
be participating. In fact, we anticipate that
we may be hosting or co-hosting a roundtable on
this very important matter.
As we are in the process of reviewing this
matter in conjunction with the Canadian Labour
Congress (CLC) in preparation of our presentation,
we would appreciate receiving a copy of your
comments on this issue.
This is a very topical matter and a very important
one and it is indeed one that we collectively
must show our interest in and put forward our
This is not only important for those who may
wish to come to our fine country and province,
but it is equally important to all Nova Scotians.
We have a chance to have input into this important
matter and we must provide that input.
September 2, 2004 - PSAC
- National Parks and Historic Sites Strike
We have been providing all possible support to
the workers of our National Parks and Historic
Sites who have been forced to take strike action
against their employer which in essence is the
Government of Canada.
These workers have been forced into strike action
while trying to secure or improve some very crucial
areas that are important to all of us.
Among the outstanding issues are job security,
whistleblower protection, and a wage and benefit
package which would close the gap between their
counterparts in other public and private sector
We have already written to all Nova Scotia MP's
calling for their support in getting the government
back to the bargaining table to negotiate an acceptable
resolve to this dispute.
These workers can use your support visit their
picket lines join the call to get the government
back to the table.
For more and direct information on the strike
October 5, 2004 - Sunday shopping will hurt the working poor <more
October 14, 2004 - Sunday
Shopping won't cure what ails us <more
October 12, 2004 - We
have received the following list of union members
who are running in the upcoming municipal elections
October 16, 2004. For more information on the
Sunday Shopping Plebiscite, Municipal Polling
Districts Maps etc. go to Municipal
and School Board Elections - Local Elections 2004 . These are the candidates we are aware
of to date. If you have additional names for our
list please contact us.
PSAC Debbie Kelly-Halifax District
11 Henry White-Dartmouth John Couture-Sydney Theresa Halfkenny-Amherst
NSGEU Steven Michael Barkhouse-District
8 Councillor H. Gordon Anderson-School Board
CUPE Steven Blackmore, CUPE Local
108 - Halifax Regional Council, District 20 Charlie Long, CUPE Local 759 (Retired)
- Cape Breton Regional Municipality, District 10 Linda Gregory, CUPE Local 835 -
Municipality of Digby, District 3 Leona Mosher, CUPE Local 835 -Town
of Digby Jim Laverie, CUPE Local 835 -Municipality
of Yarmouth, District 1 Andy Baxter, CUPE Local 964 - Tri-County
Regionasl School Board, District 6 Donnie MacDonald, CUPE Local 1867
-Antigonish County, District 2 Blair George, CUPE Local 1867 -Municipality
of Guysborough, District 4 Rod Murphy, CUPE Local 2272 - Municipality
of Argyle, District 2 Lawrence Muise, CUPE Local 2272
- Municipality of Argyle, District 5 Bruce Hubbard, CUPE Local 2272
- Municipality of Argyle, District 1 (Acclaimed) Earl Babin, CUPE Local 2272 - Municipality
of Argyle, District 4 Liz Paris, CUPE Local 2330 - Chignecto-Central
Regional School Board (Acclaimed) Linda Moore, CUPE Local 2525 -
Town of Amherst Terry Rhindress, CUPE Local 3890(Retired)
- Town of Amherst Todd MacPherson, CUPE Local 5050
- Cape Breton Regional Municipality, District 3
September 1, 2004 - Labour Federation hopes Aliant workers and company
reach a resolve.
July 14, 2004 - Support
stiking Aliant Workers! To make a donation please forward cheques made out
Flying Pickets Fund
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August 9, 2004- Union Label week
From September 8th to 10th, you can visit the
Union Label booth at MicMac Mall Dartmouth in
centre court from 9 am to 9 pm.
This is the 20th year that Donnie Waye, an NSGEU
retiree, has been in the booth promoting union
goods and services.
An enormous amount of work goes into the organizing
and set-up of this union label event and we congratulate
Brother Waye for his dedication to the labour
August 11, 2004 - John Jacobs of the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives - Nova Scotia (CCPA-NS) weighs in
on the Aliant strike <more
June 25, 2004 - On
Wednesday June 23, 2004 the AC&TWU had a rally
and BBQ for support of striking Aliant workers.
Several guest speakers spoke to the approximately
2500 in attendence. For more on the Aliant Striking
June 25, 2004 - In
comparing the platforms of the three major parties
the CLC gives the NDP platform top marks.
June 15, 2004 - The
CCPA released a report on Friday entitled "Can
they pay for what they say? A pre-election comparison
of the Conservative, Liberal, and New Democratic
platforms," by economists Ellen Russell and
Sheila Block ...more
SIDE ARE YOU ON?
was received by the Federation of Labour on June 14,
2004 of an Aliant Sub Station on the Hammonds Plains
Road where workers have been on strike for almost
8 weeks. The strike is prolonged because the employer
(Aliant) is using management and others to do their
jobs while they are on strike BUT the
Liberal and Conservative candidates have no problem
putting their signs on struck property thus crossing
the picket line.
It is clear
who's side the Conservatives and the Liberals are
on and why we do not have anti-scab legislation. If
you believe in workplace fairness and justice and
if you believe workers should have full collective
bargaining rights including anti-scab protection your
conscience cannot allow you to vote for these parties.
There is only one party that openly supports and promotes
full bargaining rights.
May 10, 2004 - Brief to the Nova Scotia
Department of Environment and Labour re: Averaging
April 27, 2004 - April
28th - Day of mourning ceremonies to be held at
Province House and across the province ... more
April 23, 2004 - Budget 2004 - Labour Federation says
minority government can work for Nova Scotians ...more
April 15, 2004 - Nova
Scotia NDP Press Release "Legislature passes
Dexter's resolution to keep Frame out of Nova