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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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Earth Day is an international call to action to protect the environment. With 2017 being celebrated as the150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, it is an opportunity to ask ourselves: What...

Posted: 20 April 2017
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Compared to the significant announcements made in the 2016 budget and fall economic statement, Wednesday’s federal budget is much more modest, lacking the same ambition to address the pressing...

Posted: 24 March 2017
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Compared to the significant announcements made in the 2016 budget and fall economic statement, Wednesday’s federal budget is much more modest, lacking the same ambition to address the pressing...

Posted: 24 March 2017
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To mark Human Rights Day, Canada’s unions released a new video to raise awareness of the human rights issues faced by...

Posted: 9 December 2016
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With Canada’s 150th birthday fast approaching, the Canadian Labour Congress is joining with business, faith, community and environmental groups to articulate a vision for a “Clean Growth Century”...

Posted: 2 December 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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On September 19 the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) tabled...

Posted: 23 September 2016
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In solidarity with protests across Europe, the Canadian Labour Congress and the German Confederation of Trade Unions (DGB) are reiterating their firm opposition to the current text of the Canada-...

Posted: 15 September 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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Today’s Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling in Wilson v. AECL will deliver accountability and fairness to roughly 500,000 non-unionized federal employees, said the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC...

Posted: 14 July 2016
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Whereas Canadians are already experiencing the effects of climate change; and

Whereas job creation has not kept up with labour force growth and Canada is losing significant energy sector and...

Posted: 7 July 2016
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Canada Post Corporation is set to lock out 50,000 postal workers and jeopardize mail service across Canada as early as this Friday.

Posted: 5 July 2016
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The Canadian Labour Congress is celebrating today’s announcement by the Alberta government that it will be phasing in a $15 minimum wage by 2018.

Posted: 30 June 2016
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Minimum wages have been getting a lot of attention lately. And for good reason. Workers earning minimum wage often struggle to get enough hours, don’t have predictable schedules or advance notice...

Posted: 31 May 2016
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Statistics Canada job numbers released today show that job creation isn’t keeping up with labour...

Posted: 6 May 2016
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The world’s climate is changing, but something else is changing too: the will to act on this crisis has never been stronger.

Posted: 19 April 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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The Canadian Labour Congress says it is looking to the March 22 federal budget for urgent government action, after months of disappointing job growth.

Posted: 11 March 2016
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VANCOUVER – On the eve of the March 3 First Ministers' meeting in Vancouver, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is proposing a plan that will help Canada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by one...

Posted: 2 March 2016
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Canada’s largest labour organization says today’s job numbers from Statistics Canada highlight the...

Posted: 5 February 2016
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This week the federal government plans to sign on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after which Canada will be locked into a two-year countdown to ratify the deal, despite the controversy...

Posted: 2 February 2016
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Canadian unions are disappointed with news that the government plans to sign onto the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a move that locks the country into a two-year countdown to ratify the trade...

Posted: 25 January 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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Today Statistics Canada released its December 2015 Labour Force Survey results, and while they appear to show improvement, the Canadian Labour Congress warned that our medium-term economic...

Posted: 8 January 2016
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The Paris COP21 Climate Change Summit has culminated in an agreement that commits governments to the long-term goal of limiting...

Posted: 12 December 2015
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Canadian labour leaders met with Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade; her Parliamentary Secretary, David Lametti; and MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development...

Posted: 9 December 2015
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Statistics Canada’s most recent Labour Force Survey results are cause for concern, as they demonstrate a continuing, precarious economic situation.

Posted: 4 December 2015
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This is a regular joint meeting of the CLC Training & Technology Committee and CLC Apprenticeship Working Group.

If you would like to appoint a representative to either of these...

Posted: 2 December 2015
Events

This is a regular joint meeting of the CLC Training & Technology Committee and CLC Apprenticeship Working Group.

If you would like to appoint a representative to either of these...

Posted: 2 December 2015
Events

The statement below was adopted by the Canadian Council of the CLC at its meeting on November 9.

Posted: 24 November 2015
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October’s Labour Force Survey shows that over the past twelve months job growth still isn’t keeping up with labour force growth.

Posted: 6 November 2015
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OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress is congratulating Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party on their election victory, and urging them to act quickly on key priorities...

Posted: 19 October 2015
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Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Canadians will pay more for pharmaceuticals and see the privacy of their health information compromised. 

Posted: 15 October 2015
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Statistics Canada’s job numbers for September point to the urgent need for a new government that will prioritize support for industry.

Posted: 9 October 2015
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The Harper government is pushing ahead with an investment deal that will have long-term implications for jobs in Canada’s auto and dairy industries, and drive up prescription drug costs for...

Posted: 5 October 2015
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Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast will join last-minute negotiations in Atlanta this week, with the goal of pushing through a deeply flawed “trade” deal...

Posted: 29 September 2015
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It’s hard to balance family and other responsibilities when your work schedule can change with little or no notice.   

But this past July was a good month for making shift work better for...

Posted: 23 September 2015
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This Labour Day, workers across Canada are celebrating how, with the help of their unions, they’ve been able to improve their day-to-day lives — and those of their neighbours.

Posted: 7 September 2015
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Job numbers released by Statistics Canada today show underwhelming employment growth and a stagnant labour market, signaling once again the need for a new government with a new direction.

Posted: 4 September 2015
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Canadian workers need a new government with the courage to tackle the recession head on and take the economy in a new direction, says the head of Canada’s labour central.

Posted: 1 September 2015
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A Common Platform of the Green Economy Ne
Posted: 10 August 2015
Research

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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The benefits of paying people decent wages are abundantly clear. A generation ago one full-time minimum wage job was enough to keep someone above the low income line in a large urban area. This...

Posted: 5 August 2015
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Job numbers released by Statistics Canada today are consistent with recent speculation around whether Canada’s economy has fallen into a recession.

Job creation has slowed; 66,000 jobs were...

Posted: 10 July 2015
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Late last year, the government announced they were going to make some changes to the Caregiver Program that is part of the...

Posted: 6 July 2015
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International Domestic Workers Day, June 16,...

Posted: 16 June 2015
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On June 2nd, the OECD released its twice-yearly...

Posted: 9 June 2015
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May’s job numbers show little promise that Canada’s epidemic of inadequate job growth and predominantly precarious employment will change without a change in direction.

Posted: 5 June 2015
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If you’ve used the Uber app for a cheap ride, bought or sold products on Kijiji, rented room...

Posted: 12 May 2015
Research

April’s employment numbers tell a very different story about Canada’s economy than the one delivered by Joe Oliver to Canadians when he presented the 2015 Federal Budget earlier that month.

Posted: 8 May 2015
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The Transition 

In order to begin making the transition over the next 10 years, we maintain the federal government needs to develop a renewable energy development strategy.

Posted: 24 April 2015
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Real initiatives – Green Homes and Green Buildings

Canada is cold in the winter and only 10 per cent of our buildings are energy efficient.

Posted: 24 April 2015
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Overview and context

Budget 2015 sticks closely to the federal government’s seven-year script of spending cuts, restrained investment and tax measures largely benefiting wealthy Canadians.

Posted: 24 April 2015
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About the Green Economy Network

Imagine environmental groups, labour organi­zations and social justice and youth movements working together to find real solutions to tackle climate change. Wouldn’t...

Posted: 23 April 2015
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All we want for earth day is a government that prioritizes the creation of quality green jobs in the clean energy sector. The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is working with environmental...

Posted: 22 April 2015
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The benefits of paying people decent wages are abundantly clear. Just as the Union Advantage puts extra money into workers pockets to spend locally, higher minimum wages increase the demand for...

Posted: 21 April 2015
Research

The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. The fair wages and work hours that unions negotiated delivered nearly $574 million more every week into local economies across the country...

Posted: 10 April 2015
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$6.7 million more every week!

Posted: 10 April 2015
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Today’s job numbers show that Canada’s labour market continues to be stagnant, and that the trend of creating only part-time precarious work persists.

Posted: 10 April 2015
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$8 million more every week!

Posted: 9 April 2015
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$2.3 million more every week!

Posted: 8 April 2015
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$904,917 more every week!

Posted: 7 April 2015
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$1.6 million more every week!

Posted: 5 April 2015
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$1.4 million more every week!

Posted: 2 April 2015
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$11.1 million more every week!

Posted: 1 April 2015
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Over $65 million more every week!

Posted: 31 March 2015
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$335.49 more every week!

Posted: 31 March 2015
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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. The fair wages and work hours that unions negotiated delivered over $55.3 million more every week into the provincial economy...

Posted: 30 March 2015
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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. $69.4 million more every week!

Posted: 29 March 2015
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$19.3 million more every week!

Posted: 29 March 2015
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$24.7 million more every week!

Posted: 28 March 2015
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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. $30.2 million more every week!

Posted: 28 March 2015
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$22.4 million more every week!

Posted: 27 March 2015
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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. $17.6 million more a week!

Posted: 27 March 2015
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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. $13.9 million more every week!

Posted: 27 March 2015
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$2 million more every week!

Posted: 27 March 2015
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Almost $29.5 million more every week!

Posted: 26 March 2015
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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. $19.4 million more every week!

Posted: 26 March 2015
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$6.6 million more every week!

Posted: 25 March 2015
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Almost $370 million more every week!

Posted: 25 March 2015
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$230.5 million more every week!

Posted: 24 March 2015
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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. $231.2 million more every week!

Posted: 24 March 2015
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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. $5.6 million more every week!

Posted: 23 March 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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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. $137.6 million more every week!

Posted: 22 March 2015
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The UNION ADVANTAGE really adds up. $25.5 million more every week!

Posted: 20 March 2015
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Fair pay means that the work women and men do is equally respected and valued. Unfortunately, this is not the reality for many workers in Canada, where there is still a big gap...

Posted: 15 March 2015
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Job numbers released by Statistics Canada today signal an important opportunity for the government to invest in expanded public infrastructure and manufacturing, a strategy that would create much...

Posted: 12 March 2015
Research

For too many women in Canada, retirement means only financial struggle. Senior women are twice as likely to live in poverty as men. 30% of elderly women on their ...

Posted: 3 March 2015
Research

Today’s Labour Force Survey shows once again that the government’s claims of a full economic recovery just don’t add up, says the Canadian Labour Congress.

Posted: 6 February 2015
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Posted: 1 February 2015
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CLC President Hassan Yussuff says that after yet another year of job-market under performance, disappointing economic growth, and “wait-and-see” assurances from political leaders, 2015 brings a...

Posted: 9 January 2015
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On December 18, we join with migrant workers and their families in Canada and around the world, in observing International Migrants Day.

Posted: 18 December 2014
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Executive Summary

Labour mobility refers to the free movement of workers between provinces, regions, or countries. When labour mobility between two jurisdictions is high, a worker in one can easily...

Posted: 8 December 2014
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The Canadian Labour Congress says it's time to put jobs – good jobs – back on the country's political agenda. It's time for a Canada-wide conversation about jobs – the good jobs we need, the jobs...

Posted: 5 December 2014
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“The federal government must stop toying with migrant workers’ hopes and dreams, and extend permanent residency on arrival to newcomers arriving to do caring work in Canada,” said Hassan Yussuff,...

Posted: 20 November 2014
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Submission to the Minister of Labour and Minister of the Status of Women on the Five-Year Review of the Wage Earner Protection Program Act  
Posted: 17 October 2014
Research

The Conservative government likes to talk about “one million net new jobs” as proof of its ability to manage the economy. But a quick look at the facts reveals something closer to the reality...

Posted: 10 October 2014
News

Ottawa – Donald Lafleur

Posted: 19 September 2014
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OTTAWA ― The president of the Canadian Labour Congress says it's clear Canada's job market remains stuck in the mud and isn't going anywhere without immediate and forceful action, pointing to the...
Posted: 5 September 2014
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OTTAWA ― While today's revised job numbers from Statistics Canada show fewer jobs were lost than those originally reported, it's the same story as far as the quality of the new jobs available to...
Posted: 15 August 2014
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OTTAWA ― While today's revised job numbers from Statistics Canada show fewer jobs were lost than those originally reported, it's the same story as far as the quality of the new jobs available to...

Posted: 15 August 2014
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OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress says that, despite the rosy picture painted by Conservative politicians in a new social media campaign, millions of Canadians are struggling to find full time...
Posted: 11 July 2014
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OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) shares the sense of shock and dismay at the deep cuts announced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Posted: 27 June 2014
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This week, Employment Minister Jason Kenney is coming to Toronto to host what's being billed as a “skills summit”― a grand meeting of some of the country's better minds to talk about fixing the...

Posted: 24 June 2014
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Today's announcement regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker program is the latest rescue mission for a program that is deeply flawed and needs to be replaced, not saved.
 

Posted: 20 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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Barbara Byers—Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress—presented four recommendations today which would improve the quality, equity, accessibility, and funding of training in Canada....

Posted: 13 May 2014
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OTTAWA ― New Statistics Canada unemployment figures for April are grim again and show the federal government has no solutions for the country’s more than one million unemployed, says the Canadian...
Posted: 9 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 ― Underemployment remains Canada’s biggest labour market challenge, says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Georgetti was responding to the release by Statistics...

Posted: 4 April 2014
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Canadians would be surprised to learn that the federal government is using Kijiji help wanted ads in its statistical labour market data on job vacancies.
Posted: 3 April 2014
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As published in the Toronto Star insert on labour unions,
March 20, 2014

Posted: 20 March 2014
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OTTAWA ― The president of the Canadian Labour Congress says the trade deal with South Korea signed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on March 11 was negotiated behind closed doors and that it could...
Posted: 11 March 2014
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A Profile of Canada's Labour Market
Posted: 6 March 2014
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OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress says that, despite the rosy picture painted by Conservative politicians, millions of Canadians cannot find full time jobs that pays decently.

CLC President Ken...

Posted: 7 February 2014
News

As published on huffingtonpost.ca

Posted: 30 January 2014
News

It has become the norm to believe that cutting corporate income taxes is good for the economy.

Posted: 29 January 2014
Research
Introductory comments 

Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) is seriously broken. The proposed regulatory changes do not go far enough to address the TFWP shortcomings.

Posted: 21 January 2014
Research

For decades, Canada has relied on migrant workers to help develop the economy. Many come through the government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

Posted: 20 January 2014
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OTTAWA ― If you had to pick two words to sum up the job market for Canadians in 2013, what would they be?

Looking at today’s release of year-end employment statistics, Ken Georgetti’s words are “...

Posted: 10 January 2014
News

Due to ongoing corporate tax cuts, corporate income tax makes up a falling share of all government revenues. In fact, by the end of January 2011, corporations had fully paid their share of...

Posted: 10 January 2014
Research
OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that unemployment remains high in post-recession Canada and that both the number and quality of new jobs leave much to be desired.

“The...

Posted: 6 December 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says Ottawa should admit that seasonal unemployment is a reality in Canada and design the Employment Insurance system accordingly.

“We all...

Posted: 8 November 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 President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that employment growth continues to lag five years after the economy began to shed jobs in the Great Recession that began in the fall of 2008...
Posted: 11 October 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that youth unemployment and the quality of jobs across the economy remain big concerns in Canada.

Posted: 6 September 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 ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the job numbers for July are a big disappointment and he is calling on the federal government and employers to invest in both job...

Posted: 9 August 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the rate of unemployment in Canada remains unacceptably high and that the economy is not producing enough jobs, particularly for...
Posted: 5 July 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal government consistently fails to consult workers and their representatives when creating policies about jobs and...

Posted: 7 June 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal government consistently fails to consult workers and their representatives when creating policies about jobs and training...
Posted: 7 June 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
News

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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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress is calling for an all out effort to provide skills training to unemployed Canadians.

Posted: 21 March 2013
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OTTAWA – The federal government should stop playing political games that stigmatize unemployed workers, says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti.

“Recently, some cabinet ministers have...

Posted: 8 February 2013
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OTTAWA – The Employment Insurance program continues to fail unemployed workers, says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti.

“We know that only 37.9% of unemployed Canadians actually...

Posted: 4 January 2013
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