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March 26, 2020
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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 7, 2020
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#DoneWaiting: Make Canada a Leader in Global in Gender Equality

This International Women’s Day, Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to meet its international obligations and show real progress towards women’s equality and economic justice. “We know some steps the federal government can take right now to be a global leader in gender equality—if they are bold enough,” said Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Labour Congress.…
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January 29, 2020
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Canada’s Unions remember third anniversary of Quebec mosque attack

Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress issued the following statement: “Canada’s unions stand with the Muslim community today as we mark three years since the deadly attack on a Quebec City mosque. Our hearts are with the community of Quebec City’s Islamic Cultural Centre, and across Canada and to the friends and families of the six men killed…
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December 23, 2019
Op-eds

Collective bargaining is good for everyone

By Hassan Yussuff, as published in the Globe and Mail.   The holidays aren’t solely about gift-giving and spreading good cheer. Many workers find themselves having to walk a picket line around this time of year. Everywhere you look these days, teachers, public transit workers, railway and refinery workers seem to be involved in some kind of job action as…
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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 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
Op-eds

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 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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