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Building a low-wage economy with stomach-churning greed

April 26, 2022
Bruske: Minimum wage employees being replaced by offshore workers making $3.75 an hour will hurt workers everywhere OTTAWA –– Replacing frontline workers with exploited offshore workers, as the restaurant chain Freshii is now doing, moves us towards a low-wage economy that weakens our communities and exploits workers, according to Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “This is about replacing…
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Helping families facing affordability squeeze must be MPs’ job one

April 25, 2022
Bruske: As Parliament returns, Canada’s unions urge MPs to back workers and reject the push for a low-wage austerity agenda OTTAWA –– The highest inflation in over three decades plus the largest interest rate rise in over twenty years adds up to families falling further behind. Figures released last week revealed that inflation now stands at 6.7 percent, and rising,…
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Government must not break their promise and leave Canadians paying sky-high drug costs

April 14, 2022
Canada’s unions are troubled about the government’s decision late today, to reverse course on changes to patented drug regulations, potentially forcing Canadian families to pay billions more for needed medicines. “We are calling on the government: don’t break your promise to Canadians. We can’t count on big pharmaceutical corporations to stand up for Canadians, that’s the job of our governments,”…
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Rising interest rates and record inflation creating perfect storm of unaffordability

April 13, 2022
Bruske: With the cost of everything – even debt – rising fast, we must fight low-wage policies that hurt workers and their families OTTAWA – With fast rising interest rates and inflation increasing well ahead of wages, Canada’s unions are urging governments to take action to help families facing an ever‑tightening financial squeeze. Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour…
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Budget 2022: Progress on building a new and better normal

April 7, 2022
Bruske: Federal budget shows that when parties work together, everyday people benefit OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcomed today’s investments in making life more affordable for workers and their families, including through action on dental care, affordable housing and fairer taxation. But Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress said that progress is hard-fought and we must be ready for…
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BC government move to card check certification a win for workers

April 6, 2022
Canada’s unions welcome today’s move by the BC government to return to automatic certification in the province. “The switch from automatic certification to mandatory voting has coincided with the decline in unionization rates. This is no accident,” said Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “We need to see more government action to empower workers. Having a union and…
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Canada’s unions welcome long-delayed Ontario child care deal

March 28, 2022
Bruske: As struggling parents heave a sigh of a relief, now we must make sure affordable child care is there for future generations Canada’s unions welcome today’s long-overdue agreement to bring down the costs of child care for Ontario’s inflation-weary parents and celebrate progress toward Canada finally achieving a nation-wide affordable child care system. “This was the last of 13…
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Canada’s unions welcome new health funding – now make it permanent

March 25, 2022
OTTAWA – Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, made the following statement today on the announcement of $2 billion in new health care funding: “Canada’s unions welcome today’s announcement of new funding to strengthen public health care, including to address backlogs that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. This new funding will be critical to helping provinces improve access…
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Canada’s unions welcome landmark agreement between Liberals and New Democrats on a progressive agenda for Canada

March 22, 2022
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions celebrate today’s historic agreement between the Government and the NDP and look forward to vital progress on key issues. “Canada’s unions have long fought for parties to work together and move forward on a progressive policy agenda,” said Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). “With today’s agreement, Parliament can now move forward on a…
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Canada’s unions stand with Teamsters union and demand negotiations be allowed to continue

March 21, 2022
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and call for Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) to bargain in good faith. “Canada’s unions stand in solidarity, and in support of the TCRC workers, who play a fundamental role in this country’s supply chain. Teamsters are at the table and are bargaining for a fair deal for workers.…
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