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Protecting Canada’s EV Opportunities 

June 24, 2024
Bruske: The consultations announced today should result in quick and decisive action to protect from unfair Chinese competition and create Canadian jobs in domestic EV supply chains.
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Labour celebrating historic wins – but the fight is not over

June 21, 2024
Bruske: This parliamentary session was a historic triumph for the labour movement – but we still have work to do. OTTAWA – As Parliament adjourns for the summer, Canada’s unions are celebrating major and historic victories for the labour movement. However, the struggle is far from over. We are finally charting a course towards a sustainable future with workers at…
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Canada’s unions: workers have waited long enough to pass Bill C-64, An Act Respecting Pharmacare

June 18, 2024
Bruske: The Senate must pass the bill without amendments or further delays. OTTAWA- Pharmacare is about ensuring that families across Canada have access to better health care by covering prescription medications. It fills a critical gap in our healthcare system but, the Senate’s delay in passing Bill C-64 is jeopardizing this critical legislation. “Millions of Canadians have waited long enough…
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Global union leaders affirm support for Palestinian trade unions and the Palestinian people

June 11, 2024
This week the leaders of seven Global Union Federations (GUFs) and the International Trade Union Confederation travelled to Ramallah to convey their solidarity to unions in the West Bank and Gaza. These organizations represent almost every sector of the global economy and have members in more than 150 countries representing over 200 million workers. Working with Palestinian affiliates and others,…
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On Injured Workers Day, Canada’s unions say: safe work now!

May 31, 2024
June 1st is Injured Workers Day. Far too many workers continue to be injured on the job – many in critical, life-changing ways. According to the Association of Workers Compensation Boards of Canada, an astounding 348,747 lost time claims were made in 2022, the last year for which complete data is available. Shockingly, this number doesn’t even count those who…
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Unanimous support from MPs for anti-scab legislation – now over to senators

May 28, 2024
Bruske: My message to the Senators is clear: Pass Bill C-58 without further delays. The future of workers and the integrity of our labour system depend on it. OTTAWA — Today marks a significant milestone in the history of the labour movement as Canadian Labour Congress President, Bea Bruske, and Canadian Labour Congress Executive Vice President, Siobhán Vipond, stood with…
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Nova Scotia Municipal Election Candidate School

May 27, 2024
Do you consider yourself a progressive and/or member of a union? Have you ever thought about running for municipal office? This candidate school will be your opportunity to ask questions, how to talk about the issues facing people in your community, ways to fundraise for your campaign and best practice for door-to-door canvassing and so much more.
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2024 Pride Festivities Across Canada

May 24, 2024
Over the next few months, Canada’s unions will join others in communities across Canada to celebrate Pride and support 2SLGBTQI+ equality and justice. Show your support at an event near you.
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Reduce interest rates and offer relief to Canadian families – ball is in your court, Governor Macklem

May 21, 2024
Bruske: Workers are still paying too high of a price; interest rates must come down.
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20 years after its passing, Canada’s unions demand enforcement of the Westray Law 

May 9, 2024
On May 9th, 1992, 26 workers at the Westray mine in Pictou County, Nova Scotia were killed in an underground explosion as a result of callous, corporate disregard for health and safety laws.  “We remember the 26 miners who died 32 years ago because of what a judge called ‘a complex mosaic of actions, omissions, mistakes, incompetence, apathy, cynicism, stupidity,…
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Unified labour front: Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union joins Canadian Labour Congress

May 8, 2024
Bruske: This signifies another pivotal moment in the growth and solidarity of Canada's labour movement.
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Cut interest rates to provide relief to families

May 2, 2024
Bruske: How many more workers will lose their jobs or homes before the Bank of Canada cuts interest rates?
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NEW POLL: CANADIANS BACK UNIONS TO DELIVER WORKER PROTECTIONS, FAIRER WAGES

May 1, 2024
Bruske: People want governments to remove obstacles to joining or forming a union. The best ticket to fairer wages and working conditions is a union card.
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CLC Ontario Summer School 2024

April 30, 2024
CLC Ontario Summer School 2024 Ontario’s unions help lift everyone up, whether it’s improving workplaces, fighting for political gains, or advocating for social justice – unions and our members make all the difference. This year we are thrilled to be bringing back the highly sought after Canadian Labour Congress Ontario Summer School and Women’s School! Labour Education builds solidarity and…
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CLC Ontario Women’s School 2024

April 30, 2024
CLC Ontario Women’s School 2024 Ontario’s unions help lift everyone up, whether it’s improving workplaces, fighting for political gains, or advocating for social justice – unions and our members make all the difference. This year we are thrilled to be bringing back the highly sought after Canadian Labour Congress Ontario Summer School and Women’s School! Labour Education builds solidarity and…
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Canada’s unions are united: Want our votes? Enhance our rights!

April 18, 2024
Bruske: We want concrete action, not pretty words
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Touchdown! CFLPA joins Canadian Labour Congress

April 18, 2024
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) celebrates today’s affiliation of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA).
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Labour reps discuss election strategy and union momentum

April 17, 2024
Bruske: Labour movement will aggressively defend the right of every worker to join or form a union.
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Bolder action needed to make life more affordable and tackle corporate greed

April 16, 2024
Bruske: Budget 2024 made some progress with housing investments and tax measures, but workers need greater ambition to make life more affordable
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Sustainable Jobs Act passes in House of Commons

April 15, 2024
Canada’s unions are celebrating the passage of the Sustainable Jobs Act, Bill C-50, through the House of Commons today. “Thanks to the hard work of union members across Canada, the federal government is making sustainable jobs and a shift to net zero a top priority. Workers have the expertise to help decarbonize our economy, and this bill will guarantee unions…
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BUDGET 2024 MUST INVEST IN AFFORDABILITY, REJECT AUSTERITY

April 4, 2024
Bruske: If we make profitable corporations pay their fair share, government can help make life more affordable and deliver critical help workers and families need
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Day of Mourning Ceremonies 2024

March 25, 2024
April 28th is the labour movement’s most solemn day, but also one to refocus our commitment to preventing future workplace injuries and deaths. Every year, thousands of workers, friends and families of fallen workers gather at ceremonies across Canada to recognize the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. This year, we will gather in…
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Op-eds

Reject corporate gaslighting and deliver help for people in Budget 2024

March 25, 2024
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in iPolitics We hear a familiar call coming from wealthy interests – joining forces once again with Conservatives – banging the drum for more corporate tax giveaways and deeper cuts to government spending in the upcoming Budget. Bay Street analysts and bank lobbyists loudly lament Canada’s “tumbling productivity”, sneeringly spreading blame…
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Premier Kinew aims to strengthen Manitoba with card check law and anti-scab legislation – now blocked by opposition Tories

March 18, 2024
Bruske: Despite political games from the Conservative opposition, the Manitoba government announced their plan to introduce historic, worker-friendly legislation today.
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CLC President Bruske to all levels of government: Show you stand with workers and implement anti-scab legislation now

March 14, 2024
OTTAWA – To protect workers and restore fairness at the bargaining table, we need strong anti-scab legislation, in every jurisdiction. On February 27th, while Parliamentarians from all parties voted unanimously in support of Bill C-58, legislation that would ban replacement workers, 239 Unifor members in Nova Scotia went on strike. By the end of that very same day, the employer,…
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Canada can deliver gender justice for women by improving care

March 8, 2024
Canada’s unions are marking International Women’s Day by calling on the federal government to better support women navigating the ongoing affordability crisis and to remedy its gendered and intersectional impacts.   The disproportionately high number of women living in poverty and their lack of access to care services are deeply interconnected. Developing a national, comprehensive strategy for Canada’s care economy would…
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Statement from Bea Bruske: Banning scab labour is about protecting workers’ rights

February 27, 2024
Ottawa – The labour movement gets to celebrate another victory today with the vote on Bill C-58, the legislation to ban the use of replacement workers. Canada’s unions are happy to see significant progress made on banning replacement workers, a crucial missing piece of Canada’s labour laws for decades. This was made possible by thousands of union activists across the…
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Statement from Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress on the news about NDP/Liberal negotiations on pharmacare:

February 23, 2024
“This is a BIG deal. We are very encouraged by the news that the Liberals and New Democrats have reached a deal on pharmacare. This achievement represents the most significant enhancement to our healthcare system since the creation of public healthcare in Canada. It’s a milestone that will profoundly impact the lives of Canadians by making healthcare more accessible and…
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Statement by Bea Bruske: Conservatives stand against workers

February 7, 2024
OTTAWA—Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement: Canadians are witnessing Conservative decision-makers wreak havoc. Rather than addressing the pressing crises of health care, affordability, and climate change, Conservatives across the country are indulging in political games. And who loses? Working-class families. A year after a landmark health care agreement between the federal government and provinces…
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Op-eds

The world won’t wait for Canada to act

February 5, 2024
Pass the Sustainable Jobs Act now or risk future jobs and investments
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Statement by Bea Bruske: Canada’s unions are calling out Alberta Premier’s attempt to use trans and gender-diverse children, youth and adults to score political points

February 1, 2024
OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement:
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Canada’s unions urge MPs to address workers as we head into a new year

January 29, 2024
Bruske: Workers are calling on MPs for relief from the relentless cost-of-living crisis OTTAWA––As MPs head back to Parliament, Canada’s unions urged decision-makers to put people first by alleviating the cost-of-living crisis, fixing the healthcare crisis and the workforce crisis, and helping communities cope with the devastating impacts of climate change. “Workers and their families are facing tough financial choices…
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While governments talk, patients face endless waits and health workers are burning out

January 18, 2024
Bruske: A year after historic new health care agreements, a triple-demic and slow government action, means Canada’s health care system is still failing our children, seniors and all seriously ill patients.
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Op-eds

Workers to MPs: Either stand with us or the rich business lobby

January 17, 2024
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in iPolitics Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre speaks so loudly on so many issues. Which makes his silence deafening on how he’ll vote on a new law, Bill C-58, that would ban the use of replacement workers during strikes and lockouts. After months of trying to woo workers with sympathetic…
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Statement from Bea Bruske: Poilievre’s Conservatives blocking priority bills for workers

December 14, 2023
OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement: “Canada’s unions are outraged by the political games on display in Parliament this week as opposition leader Pierre Poilievre and his Conservative Party use procedural tactics to delay, derail, and ultimately block critical pieces of legislation designed to benefit workers across Canada. The Sustainable Jobs Act (Bill C-50)…
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Canada’s unions release roadmap for workers to see a path forward in Canada’s changing economy

December 14, 2023
Bruske: This report offers decision-makers a blueprint to unlock the potential of Canada’s productive, skilled workforce.
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Canada’s unions welcome the expansion of Canadian Dental Care Plan

December 11, 2023
Bruske: As part of our public health program, the dental care plan will help millions of Canadians struggling the most to make ends meet.
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Canada’s unions welcome the federal government’s new advisory table giving a much-needed voice to workers

December 5, 2023
President Bea Bruske: It is crucial that governments listen to workers—they are the engine of our economy OTTAWA—Canada’s unions are pleased to see the federal government launch a Union-Led Advisory Table to help workers succeed in Canada’s economic future, announced today.  The Advisory Table will be chaired by Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and will include 15…
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Op-eds

To address the ongoing affordability crisis, Parliamentarians should support Bill C-56 and back unions to counterbalance corporate power

December 5, 2023
By Dr. DT Cochrane, Senior Economist at the Canadian Labour Congress as published in The Hill Times Bill C-56, better known as the “Affordable Housing and Groceries Act”, gets its third reading this week. It includes an important change for challenging the corporate power that has worsened the affordability crisis: repeal of the “efficiency exception” from the Competition Act. Currently,…
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Workers mobilize on the Hill to urge MPs to act as families continue to struggle

November 28, 2023
Bruske: Workers are calling on MPs for urgent action on pharmacare and two key pieces of legislation OTTAWA––Workers from across Canada took to Parliament Hill this week to urge the government to create a public, universal pharmacare system. “This government had a chance to show that they are serious about pharmacare, but we saw no mention of it in the…
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Families paying too high a price for tough economic times

November 21, 2023
Bruske: Fall Economic Statement made some progress on housing, but projects 150,000 more workers thrown out of work while we still wait for comprehensive action to fix EI
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Op-eds

Stop making those with the least bear the burden of tough economic times

November 20, 2023
Fiscal Update an opportunity to reply to Conservative ‘rage farming’ by delivering help to those who need it
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Fiscal Update Must Put Workers and Families First

November 15, 2023
Bruske: A balanced approach starts with making profitable corporations pay their fair share so the government can deliver help to struggling workers and families OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, will be available to react to the Fall Economic Statement. “Workers and families already bear too much of the burden for these tough economic times. As wages keep…
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Canada’s unions welcome anti-scab legislation

November 9, 2023
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcome Labour Minister, Seamus O’Regan’s introduction of Bill C-58, legislation to ban the use of replacement workers, and look forward to working with all Parliamentarians to strengthen the legislation to ensure workers’ rights are protected, and fairness is restored to the collective bargaining process.  “We have seen years of record corporate profits while workers’ pay lagged…
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Quebec public sector strike: François Legault’s government must table acceptable offers

November 6, 2023
MONTREAL – Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with the 420,000 striking Front commun workers and support their demands for better working conditions and wages. Members of the education, health and social services personnel, 78% of whom are women, are sending a clear warning to the government to table offers, resume negotiations and offer them the fair deal they all deserve.…
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Bank of Canada holds rates steady but more needs to be done for working people

October 25, 2023
Bruske: Workers are at breaking point amidst affordability crisis OTTAWA–Canada’s unions welcome today’s Bank of Canada decision to hold interest rates steady but warned that although inflation might be slowing down, the affordability crisis is not. “Workers and their families are left waiting for the other shoe to drop every time the Bank of Canada makes a rate announcement,” said…
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Op-eds

Former Health Ministers join experts, patients and care providers in calling for universal pharmacare

October 21, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress; Doug Roth, Chief Executive Officer of Heart & Stroke; Linda Silas RN, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions; Pauline Worsfold RN, Chairperson of the Canadian Health Coalition as published in the National Newswatch The call for public universal pharmacare has been bolstered by two former Liberal Health Ministers. Former…
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Canada’s unions: Solidarity against government overreach. We must stop these politicians who continuously trample our rights

October 20, 2023
Bruske: Canada’s unions strongly oppose Scott Moe’s use of the notwithstanding clause.  Canada’s unions are deeply concerned by Saskatchewan Premier’s decision to pass legislation that will violate queer and trans children’s rights to privacy and safety in schools. In this climate of rising hate, our schools should be inclusive and a safe place for kids to learn, grow, and thrive—not…
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Op-eds

Government, workers and businesses must come together to win the low-carbon economic transition

October 11, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in iPolitics  Today Canada faces a once-in-generation economic, environmental, and political challenge, and we won’t get a second chance to get this right.  Our neighbour and biggest trading partner is aggressively adapting their workforces and industries. Countries around the world are accelerating their transition to a zero-carbon economy. If…
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Canada’s Unions Launch “A Future That Works” Campaign: Good Jobs for a Sustainable Tomorrow

October 10, 2023
Bruske: Workers have the solutions to create good jobs and tackle climate change. OTTAWA—Canada’s unions are joining forces to launch “A Future That Works,” a worker powered‑ plan to secure the jobs we need to tackle climate change head on and lead the way to a sustainable tomorrow. “Workers have the solutions and new ideas to tackle climate change. They…
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Op-eds

Hate and intolerance not winning propositions

October 4, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in The Hill Times Wab Kinew and the NDP’s stunning victory last night is a welcome sign that despite anger and frustration, Manitobans marked their ballot for something positive. Voters rejected Heather Stefanson’s campaign messages of intolerance and spurned the PC’s appeal to people’s worst nature.  The Manitoba PCs…
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Hate is a Losing Proposition

October 4, 2023
Bruske: Manitobans choose the NDP’s positive change over Conservative intolerance WINNIPEG—Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske released the following statement in reaction to the Manitoba election results. “Congratulations to premier-elect Wab Kinew and the Manitoba NDP for their stunning historic victory last night. Wab and the NDP offered the positive change Manitobans were looking for—better health care, lower costs, and…
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Canada’s unions release sustainable jobs blueprint

September 29, 2023
Bruske: Let’s equip workers with the tools and opportunities to create Canada’s sustainable economy
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New Democrats and leader Wab Kinew offering stronger health care and the positive change Manitobans need

September 27, 2023
Bruske: It’s time for Manitobans to have their say. Let’s reject Stefanson’s negative campaign and elect an NDP government
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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith gambling with workers’ futures

September 22, 2023
Canada’s unions are voicing strong concerns about Conservative Alberta Premier, Danielle Smith’s playing politics with the idea of withdrawing Alberta from the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), in favour of creating a provincial pension program. “Pensions and workers’ livelihoods are too important to toy with. We cannot allow workers’ financial security to be used as a bargaining chip by elected officials.…
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As Parliament returns, people feel the pain from high prices, a slowing economy

September 14, 2023
CLC President Bruske: MPs must get to work to help families and prepare our economy for the future
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Bank of Canada and Governments Must Put Well-Being of Workers and Families First

September 6, 2023
OTTAWA–Canada’s unions welcome today’s Bank of Canada decision not to raise rates further but warned that with so many struggling to get by the Bank must signal an end to rate hikes while governments must act to help families being left behind. “We learned last week that our economy is contracting. Statistics Canada reported that our economy went into the…
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Canada’s Unions Celebrate Labour Day by Lifting Everyone Up

September 5, 2023
OTTAWA – Members of the labour movement gather today in communities across Canada to mark Labour Day. Unions, labour councils, and millions of workers celebrate the hard-fought victories won by labour, rally in support of worker rights, and call for urgent action to improve the lives of working people in Canada. “Today, we celebrate working people and the contribution they…
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Poilievre and the Conservatives can’t be trusted to stand up for workers

September 1, 2023
Bruske: Poilievre loud on rhetoric, but silent on his real agenda OTTAWA––With his lengthy anti-worker track record and history of cutting health care, Pierre Poilievre’s election as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is a concern for working families, warned Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “Pierre Poilievre has used populist rhetoric to hide away his real…
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Op-eds

Brace yourself for the great ‘Stefansmear’ campaign of 2023

September 1, 2023
Stefanson hopes to scare you into voting for broken Conservative promises By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress as published in National Newswatch Over the next four weeks, Conservatives will spare no expense to try to scare the wits out of you. Their campaign strategy is, in a nutshell, hoping they can panic you into voting for them…
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Community Events

Labour Day Events 2023

August 10, 2023
As the clock runs down to Labour Day, Canada’s unions are planning celebrations and marches across the country. Show your support at an event near you. This is an evolving list. Please check event websites for full details. Have an event to add? Let us know at president-assistant@clcctc.ca. Note: event information is not always available in both official languages. ATLANTIC NOVA…
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Workers Eager to Contribute to National Electricity Grid Plan

August 8, 2023
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions applaud the federal government’s release of a vision for a net-zero electricity grid as part of the transition to a sustainable economy. This investment offers immense economic opportunity and Canada’s workers are ready and able to build the infrastructure we need to achieve this net-zero grid.  During a year when many communities are witnessing a worsening…
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Statement from Bea Bruske on Alberta’s decision to halt new sustainable energy projects

August 3, 2023
Bruske: Move to suspend approvals on new wind and solar projects is a setback we can’t afford. “The Alberta government’s decision to slam the brakes on new sustainable energy projects is deeply frustrating. By halting wind and solar project approvals, Alberta is backsliding. Meanwhile in provinces across the country, governments of all stripes, including Conservative, are investing in sustainable energy…
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Emancipation Day: Canada’s unions demand stronger measures to address systemic racism

August 1, 2023
As we mark Emancipation Day on August 1, it’s important that all people in Canada recognize and reflect on this country’s history of slavery and the lasting legacy of inequity still facing Black workers. To address ongoing systemic racism and discrimination in the world of work, Canada’s unions are urging the federal government to strengthen the Employment Equity Act. Emancipation…
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GOVERNMENTS MUST SEARCH FOR INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S REMAINS

July 19, 2023
INDIGENOUS MMIWG2S PEOPLES ARE NOT WORTHLESS WINNIPEG—Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske, with the support of Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck issued the following statement today: “Canada’s unions call on governments at all levels to commence a search for the remains of Morgan Harris, Marcedes Myran, and an unidentified woman who has been named Mashkode Bizhiki’ikwe (Buffalo Woman)…
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CLC condemns harassment of Hong Kong trade union activists and leaders

July 14, 2023
The Canadian Labour Congress, representing 3 million Canadian workers, condemns the Hong Kong administration for placing a bounty on the heads of trade unionists, human rights defenders, and pro-democracy activists. Last May, at the 30th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, Hong Kong labour leader and activist Christopher Mung (Mung Siu-Tat) spoke to Canadian workers about the complete deterioration…
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Premiers commit to meeting on health care crisis but the need for urgent action remains

July 12, 2023
WINNIPEG–Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske expressed disappointment that Canada’s premiers didn’t make more progress at their annual meeting on the urgent action needed to address Canada’s health care crisis. “People are still facing long waits for care and Emergency Room closures while health workers are still experiencing difficult working conditions and unsustainable hours. Five months after a new funding…
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Another rate hike is bad news for workers and families

July 12, 2023
WINNIPEG–Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske reacted with concern to the Bank of Canada’s decision to move ahead with yet another rate hike, despite slowing inflation. “Unemployment is on the rise, our economy shows more signs of weakening, and inflation is slowing. If you factor out rising mortgage and rental rates – which are the result of the rate hikes…
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Letters

National, provincial and territorial labour leaders voice strong opposition to back-to-work legislation in ILWU job action against the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCME)

July 11, 2023
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, labour leaders from across the country reiterated their strong opposition to any attempt by the federal government to introduce back-to-work legislation against International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) workers currently on strike.  “Back-to-work legislation would be a misstep that would only aggravate the situation. If the right to strike is weakened by…
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