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February 5, 2021
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Latest job numbers point to need for urgent extension of EI benefits and job retraining

OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are urgently calling on the federal government to extend EI and recovery benefits along with increasing support for skills retraining as workers continue to struggle with rising unemployment. Following higher than expected job losses at the end of 2020, workers faced another large drop in employment, with 213,000 jobs lost last month. “We’ve lost the small…
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January 22, 2021
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EI for the 21st Century

Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) program is falling short. Over the past year, the shortcomings of the program have become all the more clear. EI needs to be reformed to match the current reality of the world of work. Read our recommendations for EI reform here.
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December 4, 2020
Media Releases

Latest job numbers signal bleak winter ahead

OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are raising the alarm that many workers are facing a bleak winter of unemployment and under-employment with no immediate relief in sight. November’s labour force survey released today by Statistics Canada showed high rates of long-term unemployment. A total of 1.5 million people are currently unemployed and looking for work; 400,000 have been without work for…
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March 11, 2019
Media Releases

Just Transition Task Force report has potential to put people at the heart of climate policy

Canada’s unions welcome the federal government’s release of the final report of the Just Transition Task Force for Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities, along with the accompanying report: “What We Heard from Canadian Coal Power Workers and Communities”. “The Task Force worked to put people and communities at the heart of climate policy by developing ten practical and concrete recommendations…
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December 20, 2018
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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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June 29, 2018
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Canada’s unions applaud counter-tariffs, welcome support for steel and aluminum workers

Canada’s unions are pleased with strong counter-measures announced today by the federal government in support of workers in the steel and aluminum sectors. The counter-measures come in direct response to the illegal, unjustified and unwarranted tariffs on steel and aluminum recently imposed by the U.S. “We support the federal government’s counter-tariffs as a retaliation to the American bullying tactics. Trump’s…
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February 27, 2018
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Canada’s unions encouraged by federal budget commitments on pharmacare and pay equity

Canada’s unions say they are pleased to see this year’s federal budget commit to moving forward on universal pharmacare and pay equity. Today’s federal budget commits to setting up an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare headed up by former Ontario health minister Dr. Eric Hoskins. “We are very pleased to see the government committing to a pathway…
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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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December 4, 2015
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November job numbers show Canada’s economic situation remains precarious

Statistics Canada’s most recent Labour Force Survey results are cause for concern, as they demonstrate a continuing, precarious economic situation. Employment fell by 36,000 jobs in November, and the unemployment rate rose to 7.1 per cent. Nova Scotia and Manitoba saw massive increases in unemployment. Saskatchewan was the only province to see any job gains this month. “Looking at these…
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October 29, 2015
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Three simple things Canada can do to boost low apprenticeship numbers

This week Statistics Canada released new apprenticeship numbers showing marginal improvement. Total registrations have been slowly trending upwards in recent years and that the level of new registrations has returned to where it was before the 2008-2009 Great Recession. Total certification numbers have also increased recently. That’s the good news. The bad news is that when you look at the…
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