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CLC says government failing young workers: Only 13% of unemployed youth qualify for EI benefits

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal government’s labour market policy is failing young Canadian workers. “Unemployment remains unacceptably high for younger Canadians and only a small fraction of those without… Read More

Migrant workers account for most new jobs: CLC has crunched numbers between 2008-2011

OTTAWA ― New research conducted by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that in recent years migrant workers are filling most of the new jobs created in the Canadian economy. “Roughly 75% of the new jobs created in Canada in 2010 and 2011 were filled by… Read More

CLC says changes to TFWP require enforcement: For too long government failed to consult

OTTAWA ― The president of the Canadian Labour Congress acknowledges changes that the Conservative government has made to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) but says those changes highlight the consequences of the government's failure to properly… Read More

CLC deplores preventable factory deaths in Bangladesh: Wants action from Canadian government

OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress deplores the preventable deaths and injuries that have occurred as a result of a tragic factory collapse near Dhaka, Bangladesh, says CLC President Ken Georgetti. More than 305 workers lost their lives in the factory… Read More

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African & Canadian Unions launch new AIDS facebook & kick-off joint work program

Join the ‘Workers’ Health Network’ ’Workers’ Health Network’, a new Facebook page launched by Canadian and African unions, is dedicated to promoting the health and rights of workers and pressuring governments to deliver on their HIV and AIDS promises. … Read More

CLC makes Access to Info request on TFWP: Ottawa has not fulfilled Auditor General’s request

OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress will make an Access to Information request for all documents related to the federal government's compliance with a 2009 Auditor General’s report regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). … Read More

Royal Bank abusing TFWP

The Royal Bank of Canada is abusing the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to the detriment of both migrant and national workers, says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. Georgetti was responding to news that 45 existing RBC employees,… Read More

CLC wants immediate action on skills training: Georgetti comments on Statistics Canada March job numbers

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress wants immediate action to provide skills training to unemployed Canadians. Ken Georgetti was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of its Labour Force Survey for March 2013. There were 1,374,700… Read More

1,500 Labour Activists Stood Up for Fairness at CLC's Largest Conference

Stand Up for Fairness, the Canadian Labour Congress' largest political action conference in its history, brought together 1,500 union activists in Toronto from March 22-24. Participants were asked to share strategies and tactics to engage with both union members… Read More

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Summit tackles growing unfairness in Canada: Unions resolve to be part of solution

More than 350 labour leaders met for a one-day summit on Friday, March 22 in Toronto to talk about how their members can advocate for greater fairness for all Canadians. … Read More