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This National Indigenous Peoples Day, Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to grant the two-year extension to the mandate of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered...

Posted: 21 June 2018
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This year, international recognition of the United Nations’ World Refugee Day is set against the backdrop of harsh new policies being imposed on migrants by the U.S. government.

Posted: 19 June 2018
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Canada’s unions are kicking off Pride season by renewing the call for universal pharmacare.

Posted: 4 June 2018
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Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to make it easier for workers to report harassment and violence by implementing anti-reprisal measures, including whistleblower protection.

Posted: 17 May 2018
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Canada’s unions are marking the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster by urging Canadian companies to commit to protecting and promoting the human rights of textile workers.

Posted: 23 April 2018
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Canada’s unions have a long history of celebrating diversity and challenging discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Posted: 11 April 2018
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On March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Canada’s unions are urging the federal government to take comprehensive steps to address race-based discrimination...
Posted: 21 March 2018
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Canada’s unions are celebrating the federal government’s recent announcement that it plans to amend the Canada Labour Code to include five days of paid domestic violence leave for workers...

Posted: 9 March 2018
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This International Women’s Day, Canada’s unions are launching a campaign with a powerful message for the federal government: women in Canada are #donewaiting...

Posted: 7 March 2018
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To mark Black History Month, Canada’s unions are renewing their call on the federal government to commit to an anti-Black racism strategy.

Posted: 1 February 2018
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It’s with a heavy heart that I think back to the tragic attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec last January 29.
 

Posted: 29 January 2018
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Canada’s unions are highlighting International Migrant Day by renewing their call for communities to join the sanctuary movement.

Posted: 15 December 2017
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Canada’s unions are marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with calls for concrete action to promote economic security, employment and inclusion for persons with disabilities...

Posted: 1 December 2017
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Canada’s unions are welcoming today’s apology for the so-called National Security purge that saw the decades-long government-sanctioned and systematic persecution of LGBTQ2SI workers.

Posted: 28 November 2017
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November 25 is the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, and the beginning of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

Posted: 23 November 2017
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The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) says the Quebec government’s new legislation on religious neutrality is clearly discriminatory and puts workers in an untenable situation.

Posted: 24 October 2017
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It is estimated that over half a million Rohingya women, men, and children are currently living in dire conditions in Bangladesh – without clean water, sanitation, or even basic shelter.

Posted: 13 October 2017
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October 7, 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Decent Work, a day when unions around the world unite in action...

Posted: 5 October 2017
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Sisters in Spirit Vigils on October 4th are an annual way to honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and in Canada. The violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls is a...

Posted: 2 October 2017
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Just over a week has passed since the world watched with horror and disgust as the reality of fascist terrorism ended the life of civil rights activist Heather Heyer and forever scarred the city...

Posted: 21 August 2017
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On National Aboriginal Day, and as we prepare for the upcoming 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada’s unions are recognizing the history of Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit people...

Posted: 21 June 2017
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Canada’s unions say governments at all levels have work to do to end child labour and keep young workers safe.

Posted: 12 June 2017
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Canada’s unions are welcoming the Ontario government’s commitment to a universal approach to child care and say the federal government must do the same.

Posted: 7 June 2017
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The Canadian Labour Congress is urging Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister to bargain in good faith with the province’s public sector workers instead of compromising...

Posted: 6 June 2017
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Over the next few months, Canada’s unions will join others in communities across Canada to celebrate Pride and support LGBTQ2SI equality and justice.

Posted: 1 June 2017
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The Canadian Labour Congress joins workers’ advocates celebrating today’s announcement that the Ontario government will raise the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, and reform the...

Posted: 30 May 2017
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With today’s long-anticipated release of the Changing Workplaces Review report, the Canadian Labour Congress is calling on the Ontario government to go further than the report’s recommendations in...

Posted: 23 May 2017
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May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), a day which marks the anniversary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) decision to remove homosexuality...

Posted: 17 May 2017
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On March 21, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, unions are on Parliament Hill with a unique experience that will let Members of Parliament and their staff see...

Posted: 21 March 2017
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On International Women’s Day, Canada’s unions are asking our government to act on their stated feminist principles.

Posted: 7 March 2017
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Every year on February 14, marches are held across Canada to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The first happened...

Posted: 21 February 2017
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Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff is urging all parties in the House of Commons to unite behind M-103, the Private Member’s Motion condemning Islamophobia.

Posted: 21 February 2017
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The Canadian Labour Congress is congratulating Executive Vice-President Marie Clarke Walker for receiving the...

Posted: 15 February 2017
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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff made the following joint statement about recent acts of violence against Muslim communities in both...

Posted: 9 February 2017
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by CLC Executive Vice-President Marie Clarke Walker

Posted: 31 January 2017
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Canada’s unions are urging the Canadian government to denounce the US Executive Order barring Syrian refugees and discriminating against other travellers of Muslim faith or background. They also...

Posted: 31 January 2017
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Canadian labour leaders are outraged, shocked and saddened by the shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday night that has left six dead and eight injured, some critically.

Posted: 30 January 2017
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Unions are joining trans Canadians and their allies celebrating the settlement of a landmark human rights complaint today.

Posted: 25 January 2017
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On February 13, 2017 in honour of Black History Month, the Canadian Labour Congress is launching “Working While Black”, an educational and interactive webinar series for workers of colour and...

Posted: 23 January 2017
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By Barb Byers and Marie Clarke Walker

Posted: 17 January 2017
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The Canadian Labour Congress is congratulating Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byers on her appointment to the...

Posted: 11 January 2017
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Dear Ms. Leitch,

As the President of the Canadian Labour Congress – representing over three million working women and men from every background – I am writing to you with a clear message:...

Posted: 7 December 2016
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To mark December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Canada’s unions are calling on the federal, provincial and territorial governments to follow Manitoba’s...

Posted: 2 December 2016
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Ten years ago the United Nations adopted a resolution that established the...

Posted: 2 December 2016
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World leaders have unanimously committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In order to reach that goal, UNAIDS developed a series of targets...

Posted: 30 November 2016
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Each year on November 20 we mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance, to honour those killed as a result of anti-trans hatred or prejudice and to bring attention to continued transphobic violence...

Posted: 18 November 2016
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Canada’s unions are pleased that the federal government is taking steps to end discrimination against the LGBTQ community with the move to repeal section 159 of the Criminal Code and the...

Posted: 15 November 2016
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CLC president Hassan Yussuff is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to comply with the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling ordering an end to discrimination against First Nations children...

Posted: 31 October 2016
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On Thursday evening, Canada’s unions will launch Rise Up!, a national human rights conference, with an opening night celebration featuring a DJ set by A Tribe Called Red, celebrity guest speakers...

Posted: 20 October 2016
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Let’s face it: low-wage, insecure, part-time work is no way to live life now, or build a future. But today, too many Canadians – especially younger Canadians – are having to do just that. 

Posted: 6 October 2016
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Canada’s unions are appalled with the federal government’s decision to wait another two years to start addressing the gender wage gap.

Posted: 5 October 2016
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As the world celebrates International Youth Day on August 12, the Canadian Labour Congress is asking the federal government and employers to invest more in job training and employment...

Posted: 11 August 2016
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CLC president Hassan Yussuff was honoured to participate in the...

Posted: 3 August 2016
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The Canadian Labour Congress welcomes today’s interim report of Ontario’s Changing Workplace Review. The report...

Posted: 28 July 2016
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Canada’s largest labour organization is saddened and outraged by news of yet another black man dying after a violent confrontation with police, this time in Ottawa, and it calls on Canada’s mayors...

Posted: 28 July 2016
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What does a better plan for all mean, in real terms?

Posted: 21 July 2016
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The world is reeling from the devastating shootings in the United States this week. First, two black men were killed by police officers. Then, during a peaceful protest against those shootings,...

Posted: 8 July 2016
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Today the Canadian Labour Congress joins Indigenous communities across Canada in celebrating National Aboriginal Day.

Posted: 21 June 2016
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Pride season is upon us and Canadian unions are proud to have been a part of the effort for LGBTQ equality and justice for many years.

Posted: 9 June 2016
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May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), one of the largest global LGBTQ solidarity actions.

Posted: 16 May 2016
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The Day of Pink is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities.

Posted: 12 April 2016
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March 21 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a day to reflect on racism in our communities and redouble our efforts to eliminate all forms of racial...

Posted: 18 March 2016
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Early next week, the federal Liberal government will table their first budget. This is an historic opportunity for our government to respond to the jobs crisis, while also beginning to repair...

Posted: 14 March 2016
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“We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.”

— Rosemary Brown

Posted: 4 March 2016
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The Canadian Labour Congress welcomed today’s announcement by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister John McCallum that his government will repeal parts of the Conservatives’...

Posted: 25 February 2016
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This Sunday, February 14, isn’t just Valentine’s Day. For the last 26 years, at marches from coast to coast to coast, it’s been a day to commemorate the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous...

Posted: 10 February 2016
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This week, Canada’s Auditor General Michael Ferguson released a damning report on the state of the Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) program. Among his findings:

Posted: 6 February 2016
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Talk about the “sharing” or “gig” economy is everywhere, especially when it comes to ride-sharing apps like Uber. For the most part public debate has centred on issues of public safety, customer...

Posted: 11 January 2016
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The country’s largest labour organization says it’s time for everyone who works in any of Canada’s provinces, territories, cities and towns – whether they work in a home, a factory, or a field –...

Posted: 17 December 2015
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Today, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its final report documenting the dark history and legacy of Canada’s residential school system, in which more than 150,000 First...

Posted: 15 December 2015
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Ten years ago, our federal government was forced to call a public inquiry into the role played by Canadian officials in the overseas detention and torture of a Canadian citizen – Maher Arar.

Posted: 9 December 2015
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It has been more than 25 years since 14 women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. And yet, women and girls in Canada still face violence in their homes, schools, workplaces, and...

Posted: 4 December 2015
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December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to  promote awareness and mobilize support for disability rights issues. On this day, the Canadian Labour Congress...

Posted: 1 December 2015
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In 2014, the Canadian Labour Congress took on an unprecedented task: to take the resources and best practices developed to address HIV/AIDS in the workplace in Canada and bring them to Nigeria.

Posted: 30 November 2015
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Transgender Day of Remembrance is held annually to honour people killed in the past year due to anti-trans hatred or prejudice. Each year, the number of trans murders and assaults seems to grow....

Posted: 19 November 2015
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With the recent federal election dominating the airwaves, many Canadians missed hearing about one of the UN’s most important summits of the year.

Posted: 4 November 2015
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This Sunday, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) joins thousands of Canadians as we mark October 4 as a day to honour and remember the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. 

Posted: 2 October 2015
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Every time we have an election, we hear lots of talk about low young voter turnout and the misguided perception that youth are apathetic.
Posted: 23 September 2015
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Sadly, it took the picture of a dead three-year-old boy lying on the beaches of Turkey to bring home the tragic reality of the Syrian refugee crisis.

Posted: 5 September 2015
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Job numbers released by Statistics Canada today show youth unemployment and self-employment are on the rise while overall job growth continues to stagnate.

Posted: 7 August 2015
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On June 21st the Canadian Labour Congress is standing in solidarity with Aboriginal and Indigenous workers and their families by calling on the government to commit now to...

Posted: 19 June 2015
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International Domestic Workers Day, June 16,...

Posted: 16 June 2015
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During Pride season, the Canadian Labour Congress unites with lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirited, trans and queer Canadians to celebrate the diversity of our communities and to help build a more...

Posted: 10 June 2015
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Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee has released its report on the residential school system that...

Posted: 2 June 2015
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The CLC is saddened by the death of Alan Borovoy. Alan was a Toronto lawyer and civil rights activist who passed away on May 11, 2015.

Posted: 13 May 2015
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This year is the 25th anniversary of the United Nations World Health Organization’s decision to remove homosexuality from its list of mental disorders and illnesses. This day is a celebration...

Posted: 11 May 2015
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This month workers from East Asia, South Asia, Western and Southeast Asia will celebrate Asian Heritage Month, recognizing the contributions and sacrifices made, and adversity overcome, by...

Posted: 1 May 2015
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Canada’s central labour body is calling on the government to stop trying to shut down legitimate and nonviolent criticism of human rights abuses by Israel.
We are very disturbed to see our...

Posted: 13 April 2015
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April 11 is the International Day against Bullying, Discrimination, Homophobia and Transphobia in schools and communities.
 

Posted: 1 April 2015
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They come to Canada to fill jobs that employers cannot find Canadians to fill, they work, pay taxes, contribute to CPP and they put back into the local economy.  These are Canada’s Temporary Foreign...
Posted: 23 March 2015
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On February 14th, communities across Canada will hold Women’s Memorial Marches to remember Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Posted: 8 February 2015
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The Canadian Labour Congress is today reiterating its call for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Posted: 12 January 2015
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More than 13 years after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, we continue to see governments interpret “national security” in a way that erodes basic human rights and civil...

Posted: 10 December 2014
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The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased to announce that Spirit Synott has been awarded the 2014 Carol McGregor Award for Disability Rights Activism.

Posted: 6 December 2014
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It has been twenty five years since 14 women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. And yet, women and girls in Canada still face violence in their homes, schools, workplaces, and...

Posted: 6 December 2014
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December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day when we celebrate the contributions of persons with disabilities in our communities, and commit to removing barriers and...

Posted: 3 December 2014
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The Canadian Labour Congress is applauding a Supreme Court of Canada decision reaffirming that employment benefits for women who give birth are separate and distinct from parental leave benefits...

Posted: 14 November 2014
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Despite the positive signs in the most recent labour force survey from Statistics Canada, the picture for the next generation remains bleak.

Posted: 7 November 2014
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The Canadian Labour Congress says Canada needs a Marshall Plan to deal with double digit youth unemployment.

Posted: 5 November 2014
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The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)  will mark October 4, 2014 as a day to honour and remember the lives of the many missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and to once again urge the...

Posted: 3 October 2014
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National Aboriginal Day is a time to celebrate the culture and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Posted: 21 June 2014
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OTTAWA ― Far too many young Canadian workers are either unemployed or underemployed and governments must come up with a strategy to solve the problem – a problem that has been with us persistently...
Posted: 6 June 2014
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Today is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Ten years ago, on May 17th homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health...

Posted: 17 May 2014
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The CLC is disappointed by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that says it is constitutional for the government to use security certificates in detaining and trying people in Canada who are not...

Posted: 16 May 2014
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OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress says the federal government has done the right thing in suspending use of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) for employers in the fast-food restaurant...
Posted: 25 April 2014
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has called for a “full, open and transparent review” of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) in the wake of media stories describing...

Posted: 17 April 2014
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April 16 is Equal Pay Day in Ontario – on this day a woman, on average, has worked enough to earn as much as a man made the previous year. The gender wage gap isn’t just a problem in Ontario – it’...

Posted: 15 April 2014
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OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress, working in partnership with researchers at Western University, is launching a national survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces, the...
Posted: 5 December 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that workers everywhere are mourning the death of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa and leader of the African National...
Posted: 5 December 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that too many Canadian workers are stuck in part time jobs and others have given up looking for work altogether. 

Ken Georgetti was...

Posted: 8 November 2013
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OTTAWA ― The Conservative government’s announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) amount to tinkering and fail to address fundamental flaws with the program, says Ken Georgetti...
Posted: 9 August 2013
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OTTAWA ― New research conducted by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that in recent years migrant workers are filling most of the new jobs created in the Canadian economy.

“Roughly 75% of the new...

Posted: 10 May 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal government’s labour market policy is failing young Canadian workers.

“Unemployment remains unacceptably high for younger...

Posted: 10 May 2013
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OTTAWA ― New research conducted by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that in recent years migrant workers are filling most of the new jobs created in the Canadian economy.

Posted: 10 May 2013
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OTTAWA ― The president of the Canadian Labour Congress acknowledges changes that the Conservative government has made to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) but says those changes highlight...
Posted: 30 April 2013
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The Royal Bank of Canada is abusing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to the detriment of both migrant and national workers, says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Posted: 18 April 2013
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OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress will make an Access to Information request for all documents related to the federal government's compliance with a 2009 Auditor General’s report regarding the...

Posted: 10 April 2013
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Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress, accompanied a delegation of Canadian trade union leaders and activists at the annual United Nations Commission on the...

Posted: 12 March 2013
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