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December 10, 2019
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Canada’s unions: federal government must fulfill anti-racism promises

Canada’s unions are marking this year’s International Human Rights Day by calling on the federal government to increase support for anti-racism initiatives now that Canadians have made it clear they will not support fear and division in their communities. During the federal election campaign, a few parties campaigned on anti-immigrant sentiment and against multiculturalism. Yet all the major political parties…
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December 6, 2019
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Canada’s unions mark 30th anniversary of Polytechnique Massacre

It has been thirty years since fourteen lives were lost in an act of misogynistic violence at Montréal’s École Polytechnique. Every year since, communities across the country have mourned those, and innumerable others, lost to gender-based violence with a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.   While recent federal initiatives have progressed the drive to end institutionalized…
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December 5, 2019
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Now is the time to build a fair Canada for everyone

OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcomed today’s Speech from the Throne, a speech that highlighted the advancement of many policies the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has been championing for years. “From increasing health coverage, to tackling climate change, to improving working conditions, this new minority government has set benchmarks for success,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. “Pharmacare has been an issue…
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December 3, 2019
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Canada’s unions mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Over half a million Canadians with disabilities are ready and able to work but can’t because of barriers to employment and training. To mark the 27th anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), Canada’s unions are expressing support for the My Canada Includes Me campaign, which aims to support employment for Canadians with disabilities. “The Canadian Labour…
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December 2, 2019
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Let’s grasp this opportunity to shape a fair Canada for everyone

By Hassan Yussuff, as published in The Hill Times. Across the generations, our loved ones are anxious about the future. Polls show that millions of Canadians are worried about the rising cost of living, the increasing precarity of work, climate change, and so much more. The newly elected federal government has a lot to do to alleviate these types of…
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December 2, 2019
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Network of labour, environmental and social justice groups demand Prime Minister signal significant investment in green economy in Speech from the Throne

The Canadian Labour Congress, through its membership in the Green Economy Network, today called upon the federal government to make a clear commitment to invest in climate action and climate jobs in the upcoming Speech from the Throne. COMMUNIQUÉ For immediate release Network of labour, environmental and social justice groups demand Prime Minister signal significant investment in green economy in…
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December 1, 2019
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Canada’s unions mark World AIDS Day with call for equality of care

Canada’s unions will mark World AIDS Day on December 1, acknowledging that an HIV positive diagnosis is no longer an automatic death sentence. With effective treatment and care, many people living with HIV are leading long and healthy lives. In 1990, a 20-year-old diagnosed with HIV was not expected to live past the age of 40—today, that same person could…
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November 25, 2019
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Canada’s unions call on newly elected government to ratify global convention on violence and harassment

November 25th marks the first of 16 global days of action to eliminate gender-based violence. Canada’s unions are marking these days by calling on the newly elected government to ratify international labour Convention C-190, the first-ever global treaty on violence and harassment in the world of work. Convention C-190 was adopted at the Centenary Conference of the International Labour Organization…
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November 20, 2019
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Canada’s unions mark 20th anniversary of Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today at vigils in communities across the country, Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with trans people and their allies to remember the hundreds who are killed every year because of their gender identity or expression. This year, we mark the 20th anniversary of the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), an internationally recognized day to celebrate and honour the lives of…
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November 19, 2019
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Over 140 organizations call for Pharmacare Now

OTTAWA – Today, over 140 national and provincial organizations from all regions across Canada released a joint statement calling on the new federal government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare. The Pharmacare Now statement is supported by a diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, seniors and patients from coast to coast to coast. “The new minority government has…
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