Canada’s unions say federal election promises must centre on better jobs and strengthening social safety net

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Canada’s unions say federal election promises must centre on better jobs and strengthening social safety net

August 15, 2021
Canada’s unions are calling on all federal parties to ensure that workers are front and centre in their election platforms for the future prosperity of the nation. With the federal election now underway, ensuring workers aren’t left behind in the recovery must be a key issue, said Bea Bruske, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. “We have weathered this pandemic…
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Canada’s unions welcome employment gains, but urge continued focus on jobs

October 9, 2020
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcome the job gains reported in the September findings from Statistics Canada’s monthly labour force survey released today, but are warning that expanded government investment will remain crucial to a full economic recovery. “Despite ongoing gains, the latest numbers continue to signal medium-term risks to Canada’s labour market,” said Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour…
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Canada’s unions welcome quick passage of wage subsidy bill

April 11, 2020
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcome today’s quick passage of the federal government’s bill to legislate wage subsidies. With unanimous consent of all parties, Bill C-14: A second Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19 passed during a special sitting at the House of Commons. The bill will now pass the Senate and receive Royal Assent by the end of…
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Unions respond to US announcement on Paris climate change agreement

June 2, 2017
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. This morning, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), which represents 181 million workers in 163 countries, released a statement outlining the ways Trump’s decision puts workers and human rights at risk globally. Canadian Labour Congress…
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$15 minimum wage and fairer employment coming to Ontario

May 30, 2017
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 province’s employment standards and labour relations laws to improve fairness for all workers. “Raising the minimum wage to $15 will support millions of Ontario workers – thirty percent of the province…
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Ontario must seize the opportunity to make our changing workplaces fair

May 23, 2017
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 order to raise standards for all workers, unionized or not. “Today’s Changing Workplaces Review report acknowledges many of the key issues facing today’s workers, like unpredictable hours, job misclassification and barriers to joining…
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Unions applaud Canada’s international advocacy against asbestos

April 21, 2017
Canada’s unions applauded today’s announcement that the federal government will reverse its position by fully supporting the listing chrysotile asbestos among hazardous substances regulated under the Rotterdam Convention, “Unions campaigned long and hard for a ban on asbestos to make workplaces and public spaces safer for all Canadians, but also people around the world who were being exposed to asbestos,”…
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Involving workers to tackle climate change

April 20, 2017
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 can we learn from what’s been done to our planet over the last 150 years? How can we tackle our environmental challenges to ensure a clean growth future for the next…
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What Budget 2017 means for working Canadians

March 24, 2017
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 challenges facing working Canadians. While it provides more details regarding multi-year investments in housing, public transit and other areas, it adds relatively little in the way of new spending. The Canadian…
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CLC releases detailed analysis of Budget 2017

March 24, 2017
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 challenges facing working Canadians. While it provides more details regarding multi-year investments in housing, public transit and other areas, it adds relatively little in the way of new spending. The Canadian…
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