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Canada’s unions renew call for National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls

April 29, 2020
As the country mourns the loss of twenty-two lives in last week’s horrific mass shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada’s unions are once again calling for a National Action Plan on Violence Against Women and Girls. Although there is still much we do not know about this tragedy, now the deadliest massacre in Canadian history, it has come to light that…
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Canada’s unions celebrate historic accessibility legislation

May 27, 2019
Canada’s unions are marking National AccessAbility Week – May 26 to June 1 – by celebrating the historic passage of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada, the first national accessibility legislation in Canada. Bill C-81 is expected to receive royal assent in the coming weeks. “Canada’s unions and workers with disabilities are gratified to see federal accessibility…
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Ending Discrimination

December 20, 2018
Canada’s unions have a role to play in promoting fairness, equality and freedom from violence for all workers, regardless of age, race, religion, ability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, or sexuality. As unions we can help to educate and empower our members so that all workplaces are welcoming and inclusive.
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Canada’s unions seek to remove barriers to employment for workers with disabilities

December 3, 2018
Canada’s unions are marking December 3, the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, by calling on the government to do more to remove barriers in its accessibility legislation. Along with their allies in the disability rights movement, Canada’s unions recently welcomed the introduction of Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act. However, they would like to see more focused attention on the…
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Employment top of mind on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 1, 2017
Canada’s unions are marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities with calls for concrete action to promote economic security, employment and inclusion for persons with disabilities in Canada. The federal government announced this week that it was beginning consultations around signing the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Optional…
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October 7 is the World Day for Decent Work

October 5, 2017
October 7, 2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of the World Day for Decent Work, a day when unions around the world unite in action for decent work. What is “decent work”? Access for all workers to quality jobs, dignity, equality, and safe working conditions. Putting workers at the centre of development and giving them a voice in what they do.…
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Canada needs to lead on disability rights

December 2, 2016
Ten years ago the United Nations adopted a resolution that established the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Convention’s main message is that people with disabilities are entitled to full human rights and freedoms without discrimination. Unions were some of the earliest advocates for disability rights in the workplace, and embraced the CRPD for promoting the…
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Canada Pension Plan Disability is failing many of the most vulnerable Canadians

February 6, 2016
This week, Canada’s Auditor General Michael Ferguson released a damning report on the state of the Canada Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) program. Among his findings: More than one-half of Canadians who initially applied for CPPD benefits were denied. In the 2014-15 fiscal year, that meant 39,707 or 57 percent were denied. Canadians who wished to appeal their denial of benefits…
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Can disability rights be maintained in the “Uber-economy”?

January 11, 2016
Talk about the “sharing” or “gig” economy is everywhere, especially when it comes to ride-sharing apps like Uber. For the most part public debate has centred on issues of public safety, customer service, precarious work, insurance and taxation. And rightly so. Uber’s ability to skirt regulations not only threatens to dismantle an entire sector, but also adds to the broader…
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On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, CLC recognizes CUPE activist Ann Ramsay

December 1, 2015
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to  promote awareness and mobilize support for disability rights issues. On this day, the Canadian Labour Congress recognizes a union member with an award for their disability rights activism. The Carol McGregor Award for Disability Rights Activism is named after an outstanding disability rights activist who passed away…
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