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August 15, 2019
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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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December 20, 2018
issues

Better Pay and Benefits

When working people join together in unions to bargain for better wages and benefits, we help create a more just, prosperous and equitable society.
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August 5, 2018
Articles

Passage of the unemployment insurance act

On August 5, 1940, the federal government passed the Unemployment Insurance Act, establishing a fundamental pillar of Canada’s social safety net. Years of political pressure from unions, social groups and the CCF (which became the NDP) forced the Liberal government to take action, even though the constitution had to be amended. More than 75 years later, the program has been…
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July 1, 2018
Articles

Canada’s biggest riot – Canada day, 1935

On July 1, 1935 thousands of people were on the streets of Regina, not to mark their country’s birthday, but to support a group of workers who were protesting against high unemployment, income insecurity and unfair working conditions. When the RCMP charged in to break things up, it caused the biggest riot in Canadian history (so far). The “On To…
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May 8, 2015
research

The jobs market is still stuck in the ditch

April’s employment numbers tell a very different story about Canada’s economy than the one delivered by Joe Oliver to Canadians when he presented the 2015 Federal Budget earlier that month. The jobs market is still stuck in the ditch. Youth unemployment jumped to 13.6% last month, with the underemployment rate for young workers elevated to 29%. Compared to just a…
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April 4, 2015
research

Employment Insurance for Women

The whole point of Canada’s system of Employment Insurance (EI) is to support workers through periods of temporary lay-off or inability to work, including sickness, maternity, parental, and compassionate leave. It’s an insurance system that pays for itself through contributions from both employers and employees. EI is especially critical for women since we are more likely to be supporting a family on our own.…
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July 17, 2014
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Employment Insurance is failing unemployed workers in Canada

Hassan Yussuff, the President of the Canadian Labour Congress, says that Employment Insurance is failing unemployed workers in Canada, and those that pay into the program don’t have enough say about how the money is spent. Yussuff was commenting on the Supreme Court ruling over the elimination of $57 Billion from the EI Account. The EI fund built up a…
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September 9, 2013
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CLC criticizes freeze on EI premiums – Georgetti says it’s being done on backs of the unemployed

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal government’s three-year freeze on Employment Insurance (EI) premiums is being done on the backs of unemployed Canadians. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty claims that freezing EI premiums will help businesses in Canada to create more jobs. “This is a shell game,” says Ken Georgetti. “This government has given…
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January 4, 2013
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EI program failing unemployed workers: CLC comments on Statistics Canada employment numbers

OTTAWA – The Employment Insurance program continues to fail unemployed workers, says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti. “We know that only 37.9% of unemployed Canadians actually qualify for Employment Insurance,” Georgetti says. “That means either there are roadblocks put in the way of people receiving benefits from an insurance program that they paid into, or they have been out…
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