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April 9, 2020
Op-eds

COVID-19 has exposed wide gaps in Canada’s social-safety net

By Hassan Yussuff, as published in The Globe and Mail Across the country, Canadians are stepping up even as the world feels as though it’s turning upside-down. We can see, perhaps now more than ever, how critical it is for governments to support and strengthen our society as a whole. That includes ensuring that all workers and the most vulnerable…
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April 7, 2020
Articles

Canada’s unions support nurses, midwives and all health care workers

For World Health Day 2020, the World Health Organization is celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Right now, nurses and midwives are working shoulder to shoulder with all health care workers at ground zero of the largest pandemic in modern history. Health care workers are working overtime, playing a critical role for their patients across the country…
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April 3, 2020
Media Advisories

Credit card relief now

Canada’s unions are calling on Canada’s banks and credit card companies to step up and take action to support families through the COVID-19 crisis by reducing sky-high credit card interest rates. “The Bank of Canada has reduced its lending rate to historically low levels and that means it’s cheaper for financial institutions to borrow money,” said Canadian Labour Congress President,…
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March 31, 2020
Uncategorised

Sick Leave Across Canada

Rules around sick leave differ across Canada and legislative changes are happening quickly. These are the most up-to-date numbers. Canada’s unions have called on the provincial, territorial and federal governments to provide immediate income supports to workers affected by COVID-19 quarantine and closures. We have also called for employers to permit flexible working arrangements and provide paid sick leave while…
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March 31, 2020
Articles

On the International Transgender Day of Visibility, make sure no one is left behind

This year, on the International Transgender Day of Visibility, perhaps more than ever, it is important that allies celebrate trans lives loudly and clearly.  While we are all struggling to make sense of the current crisis, we have to consider the most marginalized among us, who are always facing threats to their safety and security that the rest of us are now…
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March 26, 2020
Articles

Home is not safe for everyone: Domestic violence during a pandemic

Canada’s unions are calling for increased vigilance and awareness to the growing risk of domestic violence amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The recommendation that people stay in their homes, along with added financial pressure and stress, can elevate the risk of violence and further entrenches isolation, which increases opportunities for abusers to exert power and control. Women’s shelters and transition houses…
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March 20, 2020
Articles

Canada’s unions say marginalized workers must not be forgotten during pandemic

Canada’s unions are marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by calling on the federal government to protect the rights of marginalized workers and refugees as part of its COVID-19 response. Migrant workers, undocumented people, people living on low-incomes, international students, racialized workers and refugees are particularly vulnerable to the health fallout of the current pandemic, as…
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March 16, 2020
Media Advisories

Supporting workers in a time of crisis: Key steps for governments and employers

Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government and its provincial and territorial counterparts to provide immediate income support to workers in self-isolation, quarantine or who are addressing child care needs. Income support will be critical to minimizing the economic impact of COVID-19. In addition, the Canadian Labour Congress is calling on all governments and employers to take every step…
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March 16, 2020
Media Advisories

Canada’s unions are calling for urgent fiscal measures to respond to COVID-19

Canada’s unions are calling on all levels of government to provide adequate supports for workers and their families as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic reverberate in communities and throughout the economy. “We continue to share our recommendations with the federal government as this situation progresses. While there has been an important move in easing measures around Employment Insurance (EI)…
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March 13, 2020
Media Advisories

Business and Labour come together to mitigate COVID-19 risks

OTTAWA – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) issued the following joint statement today in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: “The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the CLC are uniting our response efforts to ensure all appropriate measures are put in place to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 for Canada’s employers and employees. “Canada’s economy,…
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