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Canada’s unions are marking this year’s Labour Day with the launch of a campaign calling for universal prescription drug coverage for all Canadians.

Posted: 31 August 2017
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Canada’s unions are welcoming today’s signing of a multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework by Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and his...

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 international trade union movement is speaking out with deep concern following US President Donald Trump’s announcement about US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Posted: 2 June 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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The Canadian Labour Congress says today’s federal budget takes positive steps on a few key issues for working Canadians and their communities.

Posted: 22 March 2017
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CLC President Hassan Yussuff, CLC Senior Economist Angella MacEwen, and CLC Senior Researcher Emily Norgang will be available in the Railway Committee Room in Centre Block to comment once the...

Posted: 22 March 2017
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After the Trudeau government introduced its first budget last year, Canada’s unions were optimistic, but knew that much more would be needed to really build a fairer and more prosperous Canada.

Posted: 15 March 2017
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Voters across Canada are getting a controversial postcard in the mail about an online survey on electoral reform. The controversy? It has been widely criticized for being misleading, vague,...

Posted: 1 December 2016
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Canada’s unions are celebrating today’s adoption by the House of Commons of Bill C-26, a legislation that will expand the Canada Pension Plan for the first time in the plan’s history.

Posted: 30 November 2016
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Canada’s unions are organizing against Bill C-27 a new piece of federal legislation that enables Crown corporations and federal private-sector employers to back out of defined-benefit pension...

Posted: 16 November 2016
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On Wednesday, Parliament voted to adopt Bill C-4, a government bill that repeals the previous Conservative government’s controversial anti-union bills C-377 and C-525.

Posted: 19 October 2016
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The CLC welcomes the federal government’s announcement of an ambitious initiative to tackle climate change through proposed carbon pricing.

Posted: 3 October 2016
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What does a better plan for all mean, in real terms?

Posted: 21 July 2016
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VANCOUVER – The Canadian Labour Congress is celebrating today’s announcement by the Finance Ministers that they have agreed to a modest universal expansion of the CPP.

Posted: 20 June 2016
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Today unions of the Canadian Labour Congress launched a new website and ad campaign to raise awareness about the need for a universal...

Posted: 20 May 2016
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A targeted approach to CPP expansion has been discussed — narrowed to help only middle-income earners, or alternatively, to Canadians without a pension plan at work. This approach falls short of...

Posted: 26 April 2016
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Saturday, April 23, 2016 marks 60 years since the creation of the Canadian Labour Congress in 1956.

Posted: 23 April 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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Today the Canadian Labour Congress celebrated the Prime Minister’s announcement that his government will maintain the eligibility for Old Age Security at 65. In 2012, the Conservatives announced...

Posted: 17 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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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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Canadian unions are pleased that the federal government has tabled legislation to repeal controversial bills C-377 and C-525. 

Posted: 28 January 2016
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Canada’s largest labour organization wants the Ontario government to hold off on implementing the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan and take the lead on finding a pan-Canadian solution to the...

Posted: 27 January 2016
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When Canadian Labour Congress Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byers found out she had been nominated for the Order of Canada, she was stunned.

Posted: 30 December 2015
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On Monday, the Minister of National Revenue announced she has waived the Conservatives’ anti-union Bill C-377's reporting requirements for unions and labour trusts. The Canadian Labour Congress...

Posted: 22 December 2015
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OTTAWA – Since 2009, the Canadian Labour Congress has been actively campaigning for an expanded Canada Pension Plan. Today, it responded to the Finance Ministers’ announcement that they will begin...

Posted: 21 December 2015
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Myth #1: The economy is too fragile to increase CPP contributions now

Posted: 18 December 2015
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1965: Canada Pension Plan established. The Canadian Labour Congress supported the Canada Pension Plan from the very beginning, coordinating 100,000 postcards to MPs and 35,000...

Posted: 18 December 2015
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After a lifetime of hard work, no one should have to retire in poverty. But if you or a family member is worried about being able to afford to retire, you’re not alone.

Posted: 17 December 2015
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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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This weekend, countless Canadians and Americans will be tempted by the frenzy of #BlackFriday and #CyberMonday sales in stores and online.

Posted: 27 November 2015
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The Canadian Labour Congress is leading a 35-member delegation of public and private sector union representatives at the COP21 meetings on climate change in Paris next week.

Posted: 26 November 2015
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The CLC's COP21 statement calls on Canada to commit to ambitious, achievable science-based targets for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Posted: 19 November 2015
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Ten lessons Canada can learn from the U.S. on reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Posted: 18 November 2015
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The CLC wrote to former prime minister Harper in March, 2015 urging commitments that would mean transition to a very low carbon economy within by 2050.

Dear Prime Minister:

Posted: 17 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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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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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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There are two parts to the answer. The first part is "by tradition." The second part is "by necessity!"

Tradition

Traditionally, unions have been involved in politics...

Posted: 23 July 2015
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This 6 day camp focuses on the issues relevant to young people. The SFL Summer Camp addresses challenges facing youth including social justice and equality issues. It combines learning with...

Posted: 14 July 2015
Events

The Prime Minister has used his Conservative Senate majority to rig Senate rules, shut down debate and force through Bill C-377.

Posted: 29 June 2015
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Given our shared struggle for human rights and corporate accountability, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) supports the position of the El Salvadoran government in respect to the investor-state...

Posted: 26 June 2015
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On June 2nd, the OECD released its twice-yearly...

Posted: 9 June 2015
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Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s announcement today that he will “consult” Canadians on voluntary increased Canadian Pension Plan contributions shows the government is more worried about appearances...

Posted: 26 May 2015
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The better choice gives Canadians access to health care when they need it. Investing in our health care system is the better choice for all Canadians.

Posted: 8 May 2015
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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 President of the Canadian Labour Congress vowed to keep up his and the labour movement’s opposition to the government’s flawed and dangerous anti-terror legislation, bill C-51, as it moves to...

Posted: 7 May 2015
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Albertans voted overwhelmingly for fairness yesterday when they elected a new government to be led by Rachel Notley and the NDP.

Posted: 6 May 2015
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Solving the Health Care Crisis

Canada is aging.

Posted: 25 April 2015
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Check out this video from our Betterchoice campaign. You can visit the site and learn more about retirement, childcare, health care and good jobs and what we are doing to improve these issues.

Posted: 25 April 2015
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You can choose a more secure retirement for all workers.Solutions for A Better Future

Canadians are worried about their retirement, and the number of seniors living in poverty in Canada is on the...

Posted: 25 April 2015
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Introduction

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is the national voice of 3.3 million workers in Canada.

Posted: 25 April 2015
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Meet Dave: He is Wondering, ' But How's Joining The Union Going to Help My Lifestyle?' Find out What Dave Learns about all his workplace rights!

Posted: 24 April 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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The Canadian Labour Congress says the federal budget does not deliver the economic stimulus Canadians needed to feel better about...

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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Young families are squeezed on all sides. Today’s young mothers and fathers need to work harder and longer than did their parents, while erosion of Canada’s social safety net has left them...

Posted: 22 April 2015
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Canada is heading for a crisis. Today, seniors make up about 16% of the population, but within a generation that number will grow to nearly 25%. Between now and 2022, over 3 million workers are...

Posted: 20 April 2015
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The labour movement cares about global climate change because it affects our members and all Canadians. We want to create good, green jobs for Canadians to boost the economy and protect the...

Posted: 20 April 2015
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The whole point of Canada’s system of Employment Insurance (EI) is to support workers through periods of temporary lay-off or inability to work, including sickness, maternity,...

Posted: 4 April 2015
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More women in Canada are working than ever before: 70% of working women have children under five.

Posted: 4 April 2015
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he labour movement first started talking to Canadians about publicly funded, universal health care before most of them could imagine such a thing was possible. Today, it is a part of our country’s...

Posted: 22 March 2015
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The labour movement has been securing workplace pension plans for Canadians for over 100 years. We've also led the efforts to improve public pensions for all Canadians, from winning Old Age...

Posted: 3 March 2015
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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
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The labour movement worked to win a public healthcare system long before Canadians even believed it was possible. We know that staying healthy means we can raise our families, work productively...

Posted: 2 March 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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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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The most important economic problem faced by Canadians today is not government deficits, and solutions are not to be found in returning to balanced budgets too quickly.

Posted: 12 November 2014
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The federal government’s announcements today on the Universal Child Care Benefit and income-splitting will leave most working families behind and discourage labour force participation, says...

Posted: 30 October 2014
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Submission to the Department of Finance Consultation on a Potential Federal Framework for Target-Benefit Pension Plans

The CLC submitted this proposal to the Department of Finance recently to...

Posted: 6 October 2014
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Leaving No One Behind: Promoting a Society for All is the theme of this year’s International Day of Older Persons commemorated on October 1.

Posted: 1 October 2014
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Ottawa – Donald Lafleur

Posted: 19 September 2014
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Hassan Yussuff, the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, says that Employment Insurance is failing unemployed workers in Canada, and those that pay into the program don't have enough say...

Posted: 17 July 2014
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OTTAWA ― Hassan Yussuff, the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, says that the labour movement in Canada has clearly and forcefully told the federal government that it has no business...
Posted: 2 July 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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The new President of the Canadian Labour Congress says voters in Ontario sent a clear message when they rejected the politics of austerity and declined to vote for policies that target working...

Posted: 13 June 2014
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The Conservative government is once again making proposals that would load the dice against working Canadians when it comes to their pension plans, says CLC president Ken Georgetti. 

Posted: 24 April 2014
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We face a global challenge. Climate change impacts are already widespread and consequential.

Posted: 22 April 2014
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OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress has slammed the Nova Scotia government for introducing Essential Services legislation that denies nurses and other provincial health care workers their right to...
Posted: 1 April 2014
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OTTAWA ― Minister of State for Finance Kevin Sorenson and his department provided misleading information to journalists and the public at a crucial time during the federal-provincial debate in...
Posted: 27 March 2014
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Federal Budget 2014 AnalysisWhat’s in it for usIntroduction

The 2014 Federal Budget lacks any vision about how to stop growing inequality and stimulate the economy.

Posted: 11 February 2014
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says the federal budget lacks any vision about how to stop growing inequality and the economic slide of middle class Canadians.

Ken Georgetti...

Posted: 11 February 2014
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Background

Canada and the European Union (EU) are close to concluding a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

Posted: 3 January 2014
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says the Conservative government is blocking all attempts to improve the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans, and Ken Georgetti is calling on...
Posted: 16 December 2013
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OTTAWA ― Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress, says that the time for action has arrived on expanding the Canada and Quebec Pension Plan (CPP/QPP). 

“Retirement security is one...

Posted: 12 December 2013
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Posted: 6 December 2013
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OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress says that a study released by the Fraser Institute, which attacks the pensions paid to men and women who provide public services to Canadians, is hypocritical....
Posted: 16 September 2013
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It’s now more than 40 years since the Royal Commission on the Status of Women first called for a national child care program. But although most mothers of young children now work outside the home...

Posted: 12 September 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal government’s three-year freeze on Employment Insurance (EI) premiums is being done on the backs of unemployed Canadians....
Posted: 9 September 2013
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OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased Ontario has pledged to continue to press for an expanded Canada Pension Plan at this week's Council of the Federation meetings. 

Posted: 24 July 2013
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OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the Fraser Institute has unwittingly made the case for expanding the Canada Pension Plan and making it the preferred retirement...
Posted: 25 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 ― 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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The major economic problem faced by Canadians today is not government deficits, or balancing the budget by the next federal election for electoral goals.

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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