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June 2, 2017
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Unions respond to US announcement on Paris climate change agreement

The international trade union movement is speaking out with deep concern following US President Donald Trump’s announcement about US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. This morning, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), which represents 181 million workers in 163 countries, released a statement outlining the ways Trump’s decision puts workers and human rights at risk globally. Canadian Labour Congress…
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April 20, 2017
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Involving workers to tackle climate change

Earth Day is an international call to action to protect the environment. With 2017 being celebrated as the150th anniversary of Canadian confederation, it is an opportunity to ask ourselves: What can we learn from what’s been done to our planet over the last 150 years? How can we tackle our environmental challenges to ensure a clean growth future for the next…
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December 2, 2016
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Ready for Canada’s “Clean Growth Century”

With Canada’s 150th birthday fast approaching, the Canadian Labour Congress is joining with business, faith, community and environmental groups to articulate a vision for a “Clean Growth Century” for our country. In an op-ed published today in La Presse and Policy Options, the coalition urged policymakers to pursue a better approach to climate change, including investments in clean electricity, public…
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April 22, 2016
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Making the Shift to a Green Economy

A Common Platform of the Green Economy Network As members of Canadian-based labour, environmental, faith and social justice organizations, we have come together to form a common front for the building of a green economy in Canada. We have done so recognizing that we are living in one of those critical moments of human history wherein decisions must be made…
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April 19, 2016
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Earth Day: Let’s leave a legacy of sustainability for future generations

The world’s climate is changing, but something else is changing too: the will to act on this crisis has never been stronger. This year, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is marking Earth Day (April 22) by renewing its call for a One Million Climate Jobs plan that would allow Canada to transition from fossil-fuel reliance to a sustainable, low-to-zero carbon economy…
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March 14, 2016
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Top 10 things Canadian unions want to see in the federal budget

Early next week, the federal Liberal government will table their first budget. This is an historic opportunity for our government to respond to the jobs crisis, while also beginning to repair services and programs that Canadians rely on. Working Canadians and their families are facing a precarious economic picture, but Canada is well-positioned to turn things around. Last October, the…
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March 2, 2016
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David Suzuki joins with CLC to support a One Million Climate Jobs plan

VANCOUVER – On the eve of the March 3 First Ministers' meeting in Vancouver, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is proposing a plan that will help Canada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by one third by creating over one million sustainable climate jobs, allowing workers to transition away from fossil fuels. The CLC – as part of the Green Economy…
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February 2, 2016
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TPP: A Conservative deal that’s bad for Canada

This week the federal government plans to sign on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), after which Canada will be locked into a two-year countdown to ratify the deal, despite the controversy surrounding it. Last week, Canadian Labour Congress President, Hassan Yussuff, and several other Canadian union leaders met with Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland to express serious concerns about the deal.…
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January 8, 2016
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After a rocky 2015, Canada needs a job creation and just transition plan more than ever

Today Statistics Canada released its December 2015 Labour Force Survey results, and while they appear to show improvement, the Canadian Labour Congress warned that our medium-term economic situation is still precarious. 2015 was a rocky year for jobs, and trends show 2016 could be even worse without government action. Over 2015, employment only grew by 0.9 percent, and most of…
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December 12, 2015
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Collaborative approach will be key to realizing Canada’s climate change obligations

The Paris COP21 Climate Change Summit has culminated in an agreement that commits governments to the long-term goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C by the second half of this century. The agreement mandates reviews of emission reduction plans starting in 2018, signalling a commitment by all countries to phase out fossil fuels and reduce emissions to zero by the…
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