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Labour Day 2017 Message NB

Aug 29, 2017

Labour Day Message from the President of the NBFL

Labour Day is the day to celebrate the contributions that the labour movement has made and to continues to make to improving the day-to-day lives of working people. When people come together, to work towards a common objective, we have the power to changes things.

The upcoming months will be busy for the New Brunswick Federation of Labour (NBFL). You can get involved in many ways in our work and make a difference in your community.

The NBFL recently launched a campaign calling for balance to be restored at WorkSafeNB. The past two decades have seen workers’ compensation benefits eroded while employer assessment rates were significantly reduced. This isn’t fair and goes against the principles upon which our workers’ compensation system was founded. In this campaign, the labour movement is asking for 3 things:

  1. Removing the 3-days of lost wages incurred by injured workers. New Brunswick is the only Canadian province with a 3-day waiting period;
  2. Investing accident fund surpluses in injury prevention, rehabilitation services and improvements to benefits prior to reducing employers’ assessment rates;
  3. Making WorkSafeNB is more transparent and accountable. For example, it should publish on its web site comprehensive board of directors’ meeting minutes and its strategic plan documents.

This fall a Workers’ Compensation Task Force will be conducting consultations throughout the province on the future of WorkSafeNB. It’s your opportunity to make your voice heard. To learn more about the NBFL’s Restore Balance Campaign please visit our web site at www.fednb.ca.

The NBFL Political Education Committee is holding a Political Education Conference on November 23 & 24, 2017 at the St Thomas University Conference Centre in Fredericton under the theme: Organized Labour and our Community. The conference will include workshops on political action and mobilizing as well as interesting panel discussions and guest speakers. It is open to both NBFL affiliates and non-affiliates.

Let’s not forget that 2018 is an election year in New Brunswick! Elections offer us the opportunity to influence the political agenda. The NBFL wants to ensure that all political parties commit to policies and investments that will benefit New Brunswick workers and their families. We need your help in this important work. There is strength in numbers. The more people participate in this important work, the stronger influence we will have.

Finally, I invite you to attend your local labour day event. Events are happening as follows:


In closing, I am wishing you and your family a happy and safe labour day!

In Solidarity


The New Brunswick Federation of Labour is the central voice of organized labour in the province. We represent over 40,000 workers from every sector of the economy and from every community in the province.

Patrick Colford
President, New Brunswick Federation of Labour
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