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November 18, 2019
Media Releases

Statement on educational sector collective bargaining in Ontario

The 55 unions represented on the Canadian Council of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) declare their support for Ontario’s education unions that are demanding the government support high-quality education. Members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation have overwhelmingly voted to stand up and fight for publicly-funded…
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November 15, 2019
Media Releases

CLC’s 2019 Q3 Labour Market Snapshot shows need for national child care strategy

OTTAWA – Recently released Statistics Canada data shows that women identify child care and family responsibilities as their main barrier to full-time employment, concludes a recent Labour Force Survey analysis by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Part-time jobs in Canada are typically low-wage with no benefits. The gap between part-time and full-time wage earners currently sits at approximately $9 per…
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October 11, 2019
Media Releases

Canada’s unions urge voters to reject the Conservative agenda of cuts

Following the release of an election platform with over $50 billion of cuts at its core, Canada’s unions are urging Canadians to reject Andrew Scheer’s regressive agenda on October 21st. “Over and over again, Conservatives have demonstrated hostility towards Canada’s workers. Today, Andrew Scheer is doubling down on that hostility and seeking a mandate to cut,” said Canadian Labour Congress…
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September 11, 2019
Op-eds

Improving the lives of workers is sound business sense

By Hassan Yussuff, as published in the Toronto Sun. There will always be those who believe that the most important aspect of any business is the bottom line, regardless of how such tunnel vision can negatively impact the lives of workers. But the best employers understand that a sound business model includes nurturing workplaces in which their employees are treated with…
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September 2, 2019
Op-eds

Working families have a lot at stake this election

By Hassan Yussuff You can be forgiven if you’ve avoided thinking about the upcoming federal election all summer, but Labour Day is here. That means it’s time to return to the fall routine and start thinking about how you are going to cast your ballot. You may have seen politicians working the barbecue circuit, vying for the support of workers…
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September 2, 2019
Media Releases

Labour Day 2019: Unions seek to put fairness on the ballot

This Labour Day, Canada’s unions are launching a campaign to make fairness a ballot box question in the October federal election. That means unions will be calling on Canadian workers to vote for candidates who support universal pharmacare, retirement security, climate action, equity and inclusion, and good jobs for everyone. “Over the last four years, our work has resulted in…
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August 16, 2019
Community Events

Labour Day Events 2019

Join Canada’s unions at Labour Day events, parades and picnics across the country. This year is the 147th year that working people have organized to celebrate and honour the victories that workers have made, and to call for continued improvements to the lives of all Canadians.
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August 15, 2019
Media Releases

Canada’s unions applaud return of tripartite decision-making to EI appeals

Canada’s unions applaud the federal government’s decision to restore tripartite decision-making to the Employment Insurance (EI) appeals process, an outcome of the Social Security Tribunal Review first initiated in 2017. Under the new system, EI appeals at the first level will be heard by a tripartite decision-making tribunal called the Employment Insurance Boards of Appeal, overseen by the Canada Employment…
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July 18, 2019
Media Releases

Strong job numbers mask reality of struggling young workers

OTTAWA – The country’s strong job numbers aren’t providing the full picture when it comes to the participation rate of young workers in the economy, according to analysis by Canada’s unions. While unemployment rates continue to fall overall, many Canadians aged 15 to 29 are staying in school or giving up looking for work altogether, according to the Canadian Labour…
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July 12, 2019
Media Releases

Canada’s unions applaud pilot project offering greater protection to migrant workers

Canada’s unions welcome a new three-year agri-food pilot program which will provide an additional 2,750 permanent residency opportunities for temporary foreign workers engaged in the sector, particularly in the meat industry. The proposed program, announced today by Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, is open to full-time non-seasonal agricultural migrant workers and will help give them a pathway to permanent residency. “The…
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June 24, 2019
Op-eds

Universal pharmacare should be an easy pill to swallow

By Hassan Yussuff, as published in the Toronto Sun. Finally, some good news for the millions of Canadians who have to choose between paying for groceries or their prescription medications. Canada’s Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare has laid out a clear path for public, single-payer, universal pharmacare in its final report. “The time for universal, single-payer, public…
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June 12, 2019
Media Releases

Canada’s unions say pharmacare council gets it right, now governments must act

Canada’s unions are applauding the recommendation made by the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare for the adoption of a public, universal and single-payer plan for prescription drug coverage across Canada. “Universal pharmacare will fundamentally improve the lives of all Canadians and, with this report, we finally have a blueprint for completing the medicare system Canada first adopted…
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June 12, 2019
Media Advisories

Hassan Yussuff available for comment following release of report on pharmacare

OTTAWA – CLC President Hassan Yussuff is available for comment following the release of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare’s final report. The Council is expected to release its report at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 12. Canada’s unions have been campaigning for universal public pharmacare that would cover all Canadians, regardless of their age, income, or…
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May 22, 2019
Community Events

Pride Events 2019

Over the next few months, Canada’s unions will join others in communities across Canada to celebrate Pride and support LGBTQ2SI equality and justice. Show your support at an event near you.
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May 17, 2019
Media Releases

Ending tariffs means Canadians can get back to work

Canada’s unions welcome today’s announcement lifting U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. “The cancellation of steel and aluminum tariffs is good news for workers,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. “Canada’s unions welcome this decision to restore stability and predictability to our economy and to workers’ lives. For almost a year, these tariffs have had a damaging impact on an…
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May 15, 2019
Op-eds

What the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike teaches every working person

By Hassan Yussuff, as published in the Winnipeg Free Press and in the Toronto Star. The year 1919 was fraught with discontent. Workers in Canada were struggling to make ends meet and inflation had risen by 65% over a six-year span. Men who had just returned from a horrific war in Europe could not find employment; factories were shutting down…
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May 4, 2019
Op-eds

Women deserve fair workplaces

By Hassan Yussuff, as published in The Globe and Mail. It was disheartening to see some of the negative reactions to a recent proposal that free menstrual products should be available in all federally regulated workplaces. There clearly remain a lot of misperceptions and ignorance about the challenges women face every day in the workplace. Access to menstrual products is…
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May 3, 2019
Media Releases

Canada’s unions call on governments to defend freedom of the press

Canada’s unions are marking World Press Freedom Day by calling on governments around the world and here at home to do more to protect the rights of journalists to practice their profession without fear of reprisals, violence or even death. “Far too many journalists continue to risk their lives in upholding a basic cornerstone of all democratic societies: press freedom,”…
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April 8, 2019
Media Releases

Canada’s unions disappointed that new Ombudsperson has been appointed without promised powers

Canada’s unions are disappointed that the long-awaited appointment of a Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE) has not been accompanied by the promised power to investigate abuses and redress the harm caused by Canadian companies operating abroad. In January 2018, the federal government publicly committed to creating an independent ombudsperson’s office with the power to order those under investigation to…
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March 21, 2019
Media Releases

Islamophobia at work requires immediate action, say Canada’s unions

Canada’s unions are proud to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with the release of a ground-breaking report on the impacts of Islamophobia in the workplace. Islamophobia at Work: Challenges and Opportunities explores the rise of anti-Muslim attitudes and discrimination in Canada. It provides recommendations for employers, trade unions, and government on how to address this…
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March 19, 2019
Media Releases

Canadian Labour Congress welcomes progress in the federal budget, but says much is riding on the next election

The Canadian Labour Congress welcomes new measures to lay the groundwork for national pharmacare, provide assistance for the neediest seniors, skills training, and a community-centred approach to carbon reduction, but says Canadians have a lot riding on the next election. “Canadian workers, their families and their communities will benefit from new budgetary measures that lay the groundwork for curbing exorbitant…
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March 11, 2019
Media Releases

Just Transition Task Force report has potential to put people at the heart of climate policy

Canada’s unions welcome the federal government’s release of the final report of the Just Transition Task Force for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities, along with the accompanying report: “What We Heard from Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities”. “The Task Force worked to put people and communities at the heart of climate policy by developing ten practical and concrete recommendations…
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March 8, 2019
Op-eds

When government, employers & unions take domestic violence seriously

By Hassan Yussuff, Derrick Hynes, and the Hon. Patty Hajdu In the four years since the release of the first-ever pan-Canadian study on the impact of domestic violence at work, unions, employers and governments have embarked on a remarkable joint project to help protect jobs and promote workplace safety. We now have a common understanding of the magnitude of this…
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March 6, 2019
Media Releases

Canada’s unions welcome first steps on pharmacare

Canada’s unions welcome the interim report presented today by the federal Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. Its key recommendations begin to address the existing inefficiencies in an unfair system that leaves millions of Canadians unable to afford their prescriptions and grappling with the third highest drug prices in the world. “The recommendations in today’s report have the…
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December 6, 2018
Op-eds

Paid leave can help break the cycle of domestic violence

As published in the Globe and Mail Nearly three decades after the massacre of 14 women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, we continue to grapple with the shameful reality that far too many women face violence, harassment and abuse in their lives. While we haven’t yet been able to eradicate all violence against women, we can eliminate barriers that prevent people…
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November 22, 2018
Media Releases

CUPW and CLC issue joint statement in support of workers

The Canadian Labour Congress joins the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) in calling on Canada Post to negotiate fair contracts for postal workers. The CLC also joins CUPW in condemning the federal government’s back-to-work legislation. “The right to strike is an integral part of collective bargaining. Without it, an employer has no incentive to bargain in good faith, and…
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October 18, 2018
Media Releases

Canada’s unions applaud asbestos ban regulations

Canada’s unions applaud the federal government for introducing regulations to ban the import, export, manufacture, sale and use of asbestos and asbestos-containing products. The regulations, announced in December 2016 will come into force on December 30, 2018. “This is a critical step on the long road to banning asbestos, and will, without a doubt, save lives for generations to come,”…
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October 1, 2018
Media Releases

Along with key gains in the USMCA, Canada’s unions raise concern

Canada’s unions say the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) represents some points of progress, but are raising concern over protections for some Canadian workers. “Workers across the country will be happy to learn that NAFTA’s Chapter 11 has finally been eliminated from this trade agreement,” said Canadian Labour Congress President, Hassan Yussuff. “Decades of unfairness have cost Canada over $300…
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September 25, 2018
Media Releases

Canadian and European trade unions: EU not following through with promises on CETA review

Upcoming meeting in Montreal provides an opportunity to address growing concerns On the first anniversary of CETA’s implementation, trade unions on both sides of the Atlantic are warning that the trade deal is not a ‘model’ agreement and say it is time for an immediate review. The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) are calling…
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August 31, 2018
Media Releases

Canada’s unions step up pharmacare campaign this Labour Day

This Labour Day, Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to get it right on pharmacare by creating a single-payer, universal prescription drug program for Canada. Labour Day offers Canadians an important opportunity to reflect on the legacy of unions, to take stock of our progress and to commit ourselves to working together for a fairer future. Canada’s unions…
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June 29, 2018
Media Releases

Canada’s unions applaud counter-tariffs, welcome support for steel and aluminum workers

Canada’s unions are pleased with strong counter-measures announced today by the federal government in support of workers in the steel and aluminum sectors. The counter-measures come in direct response to the illegal, unjustified and unwarranted tariffs on steel and aluminum recently imposed by the U.S. “We support the federal government’s counter-tariffs as a retaliation to the American bullying tactics. Trump’s…
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June 20, 2018
Media Releases

CLC President Hassan Yussuff says new Advisory Council has to get pharmacare right

Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff reacted with optimism and anticipation to today’s announcement of the appointees to Canada’s Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. “I am excited to welcome the six appointees to Canada’s newly minted pharmacare advisory council. They have an important job ahead of them and Canada’s unions are ready and willing to work with…
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June 19, 2018
Media Releases

Canada must offer sanctuary for refugees, as U.S. fails the safety test

This year, international recognition of the United Nations’ World Refugee Day is set against the backdrop of harsh new policies being imposed on migrants by the U.S. government. Canada’s unions are marking the occasion by calling on the Canadian government to embrace migrants and refugees and re-examine the status of the United States as a “safe third country.” “The Canadian…
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May 15, 2018
Media Releases

CLC President Hassan Yussuff on killing of unarmed Palestinians

On behalf of the 3.3 million members of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms the killings of dozens of unarmed Palestinians at mass demonstrations near the Gaza Strip’s eastern border yesterday. More than two thousand were also injured and we can no longer stand idly by. Today also marks the 70th commemoration…
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April 24, 2018
Media Releases

Canada’s unions will help shape a just transition for coal workers

Canada’s unions applaud today’s announcement by the federal government to strike a task force on “Just Transition” for coal workers. The Just Transition Task Force for Canadian Coal-Power Workers and Communities has been struck to draft a plan to support affected workers and communities as Canada moves to phase-out coal-fired power. CLC President Hassan Yussuff has been asked to lead…
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April 23, 2018
Media Releases

Canada’s unions call for better protections against workplace violence and harassment

This National Day of Mourning, Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to do more to address workplace violence and harassment. Every April 28, Canada’s unions join workers and their families to mourn those who have been injured or killed on the job. Workplace violence and harassment have also led to worker deaths, as well as significant mental and…
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April 18, 2018
Media Releases

Canada moves one step closer to universal pharmacare

Canada’s unions are celebrating today’s announcement by the Standing Committee on Health that recommends a single-payer, universal prescription drug plan for Canada. The recommendation came in its report Pharmacare Now: Prescription Medicine Coverage for all Canadians, tabled in the House of Commons today. Nearly 100 expert witnesses presented to the Committee, with the majority arguing that Canada needs universal, comprehensive,…
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March 8, 2018
Media Releases

U.S. tariffs would hurt Canadian workers despite exemptions

Canada’s unions are calling on federal and provincial governments to stand up to U.S. trade aggression and support Canada’s steel and aluminum industries and their workers. U.S. President Trump released his finalized steel and aluminum tariff package today, with temporary exemptions for Canada and Mexico. Despite these exemptions, today’s announcement will mean that Canadian producers will be competing with the excess…
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March 7, 2018
Media Releases

Women in Canada are #donewaiting for economic justice

This International Women’s Day, Canada’s unions are launching a campaign with a powerful message for the federal government: women in Canada are #donewaiting for economic justice and want action, not rhetoric. The CLC’s #donewaiting campaign outlines concrete ways the federal government can remove three key barriers to women’s economic justice: wage discrimination, sexual harassment and violence and the child care…
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February 27, 2018
Media Releases

Canada’s unions encouraged by federal budget commitments on pharmacare and pay equity

Canada’s unions say they are pleased to see this year’s federal budget commit to moving forward on universal pharmacare and pay equity. Today’s federal budget commits to setting up an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare headed up by former Ontario health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins. “We are very pleased to see the government committing to a pathway…
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February 6, 2018
Media Releases

Canada’s unions unite with employers, doctors and retirees to call for pharmacare

Canada needs a universal prescription drug plan that covers all Canadians regardless of their age, income, or where they work or live. This was the message delivered in a news conference on Parliament Hill today by unions, employers, doctors and retirees. The same message is being highlighted in meetings today between over 300 union representatives from across Canada and more…
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February 1, 2018
Op-eds

Canada’s unions call on federal government to create national strategy on anti-Black racism

To mark Black History Month, Canada’s unions are renewing their call on the federal government to commit to an anti-Black racism strategy. Such a strategy would require the government to commit to analyzing race-based statistics on how various institutional policies impact Canada’s Black communities. The key objective would be to eradicate institutionalized racism that is disproportionately harming this specific segment…
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January 29, 2018
Op-eds

A night of hatred we must never forget

It’s with a heavy heart that I think back to the tragic attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec last January 29. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be in that sacred space and have that serenity destroyed by a lone gunman, bent on killing as many people as he could. My thoughts and prayers…
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January 23, 2018
Media Releases

Canada’s unions unite in protest over TPP trade deal announcement

Canada’s unions are uniting in protest over today’s announcement that the Canadian government is signing onto a new Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, saying the move directly contradicts the government’s claim that it is standing up for Canadian workers. “The way this new deal was suddenly announced, without any consultation or transparency, is undemocratic and flies in the face of the…
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January 17, 2018
Media Releases

A message from Hassan Yussuff on Unifor’s decision to disaffiliate from the CLC

I was deeply disappointed by today’s news that Unifor has decided to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress. This evening the CLC held an emergency meeting of our Canadian Council, the CLC’s highest decision-making body between conventions. At this meeting, our affiliates reaffirmed their unanimous support for the CLC and a strong labour movement. In turn, I stressed that as…
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January 17, 2018
Media Releases

Unions welcome announcement on federal human rights ombudsperson

Canada’s unions are welcoming the federal government’s announcement that it will appoint an ombudsperson to ensure Canadian corporations respect their human rights obligations abroad. The new position, formally titled the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE), was announced today by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of International Trade. The ombudsperson will be mandated to investigate allegations of wrongdoing by Canadian mining, energy, and…
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