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Time for a Change Tour

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 08:57
Region:  National

In 2015 we'll elect a new government. We know that the labour vote can make a difference - we've seen it before. This fall, defeating the Harper government is priority #1 so we're rolling up our sleeves and getting to work now.

Join us for a time for a change event in your community to see how you can get involved. These short and fun events will be a great opportunity to meet fellow labour activists in your community and pick up materials to help reach out to members in your workplace.

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I’m in!

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 11:23
Region:  National

Sign up to get involved in labour's campaign for a better Canada.

Sign up to help us win a new government in the next federal election. Do you want to help us work for a better, more secure future for all Canadians?

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Canada must stop attempts to silence legitimate protest

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:45
Region:  National Canada’s central labour body is calling on the government to stop trying to shut down legitimate and nonviolent criticism of human rights abuses by Israel. We are very disturbed to see our government attempting to criminalize legitimate and nonviolent dissent.  

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CLC joins national beer can boycott against Crown Holdings: Union members urged to buy their beer in bottles, not cans

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:35
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― Canada’s central labour body is calling on workers across the country to join a nation-wide boycott by buying their beer in bottles, not cans.

The move backs a boycott launched by the United Steelworkers in support of 120 workers forced on strike in September 2013 by Crown Holdings, one of the world’s largest beer can manufacturers.

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy

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Temporary Foreign Workers: the revolving door

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:01
Region:  National

They come to Canada to fill jobs that employers cannot find Canadians to fill, they work, pay taxes, contribute to CPP and they put back into the local economy.  These are Canada’s Temporary Foreign Workers (TFW).

The TFW program has existed for years.  But now the government has announced it will impose a four year limit on the cumulative duration migrant workers can work in Canada under the program.

This means they will have to leave Canada after four years work. And they can’t apply to work here for another four years.

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy Labour and Migration - Temporary Foreign Workers Program Related Human Rights & Equality:  Workers of Colour

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Racism in Canada? Yes, it’s still rampant. And we need a government that will commit to working to end it.

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 12:09
Region:  National

On February 24, Quebec court Judge Eliana Marengo told a young Muslim woman named Rania El Alloul that she would not hear her case unless she removed her head scarf.

We’ll be thinking of Rania El Alloul and other Canadian Muslims facing discrimination in their day-to-day lives when we commemorate the United Nations (UN) International Day for the Elimination of Racism on March 21.

Related Content Related Human Rights & Equality:  Aboriginal Workers Workers of Colour

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International Women’s Day: Women in Canada Need Child Care

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 21:00
Region:  National

On International Women’s Day we celebrate women’s achievements and also reflect on the barriers to equality that still remain in place. With a federal election on its way, this year the Canadian Labour Congress is focusing on the struggle to access quality child care for all families across Canada.

Related Content Related Issue:  Child Care Related Human Rights & Equality:  Women

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Canadian unions join February 18 global mobilization on right so strike

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:17
Region:  National

The International Trade Union Confederation is calling on unions around the world to demonstrate their support for the right to strike on February 18.

The mobilization comes in advance of a key decision being made in March by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Governing Body about whether to refer a dispute over the right to strike to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Related Content Related Issue:  Role of Unions

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Memorial for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Sun, 02/08/2015 - 09:47
Region:  National

On February 14th, communities across Canada will hold Women’s Memorial Marches to remember Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Canadian Labour Congress has already called for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and reiterates its demand for justice.

The very first march happened in 1991 out of a sense of anger and hopelessness following the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver.

Related Content Related Human Rights & Equality:  Aboriginal Workers Women Workers of Colour Workers with Disabilities Young Workers LGBTQ

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Supreme Court affirms essential role of the right to strike in collective bargaining

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 07:12
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress is welcoming today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision affirming the right to strike as essential to meaningful collective bargaining.

“Today’s decision levels the playing field for workers by placing checks on the power of governments, as employers, to legislate unfair essential services arrangements that tip the scales in management’s favour,” said CLC president Hassan Yussuff.

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy Role of Unions

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February is African Heritage Month

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 07:25
Region:  National

This year’s African Heritage Month is especially important for two reasons; the United Nations (UN) has declared 2015 2024 to be the International Decade for People of African Descent, and this African Heritage Month kick starts a decade of political advocacy throughout the world.

Related Content Related Human Rights & Equality:  Aboriginal Workers Women Workers of Colour Workers with Disabilities Young Workers LGBTQ

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Supreme Court vindicates right to meaningful collective bargaining

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:02
Region:  National

Today’s Supreme Court of Canada decision on the Mounted Police Association of Ontario recognizes the right of all workers in Canada to choose independent associations to engage in meaningful collective bargaining. This right is constitutionally protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“The Court has confirmed what workers have known instinctively all along,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff. “The right to choose an independent association to engage in collective bargaining forms the essence of freedom of association.”

Related Content Related Issue:  Role of Unions

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It's time to act: National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:05
Region:  National

The Canadian Labour Congress is today reiterating its call for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Related Content Related Human Rights & Equality:  Aboriginal Workers Women

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Senate votes to make it harder for Canadians to join a union

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:41
Region:  National

The Senate has passed a bill that will make it much more difficult for workers in federally regulated workplaces to join unions, and easier for a minority of workers to disband them.

Related Content Related Issue:  Role of Unions

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CLC seeks justice, fairness for migrant workers

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 21:00
Region:  National

On December 18, we join with migrant workers and their families in Canada and around the world, in observing International Migrants Day. On this day, we again call on the federal government to eliminate this country’s legalized discrimination against migrant workers—because all workers have a right to fair and safe working conditions, and all workers’ basic human rights must be respected.

Related Content Related Issue:  Labour and Migration - Temporary Foreign Workers Program

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December 6, 2014: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 21:00
Region:  National

It has been twenty five years since 14 women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. And yet, women and girls in Canada still face violence in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities every single day. Sexist images and attitudes are rampant in our media and online. Women who speak out are targeted and harassed. 

We cannot let this continue.

Related Content Related Human Rights & Equality:  Women

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We need to talk...about jobs

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 21:00
Region:  National

The Canadian Labour Congress says it's time to put jobs – good jobs – back on the country's political agenda. It's time for a Canada-wide conversation about jobs – the good jobs we need, the jobs we can save and how to move our economy forward.

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy

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Spirit Synott - Winner of the 2014 Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 21:00
Region:  National

The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased to announce that Spirit Synott has been awarded the 2014 Carol McGregor Award for Disability Rights Activism.

Related Content Related Human Rights & Equality:  Workers with Disabilities

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Labour Survey Reveals Domestic Violence is Widespread and Following People to Work

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 06:45
Region:  National

(Ottawa) Domestic violence is following people to work, has a significant impact on performance, and is in some cases resulting in job loss, according to survey results released by the labour movement and Western University today.

Related Content Related Human Rights & Equality:  Women

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The Government of Canada should be improving access to permanent residency for migrant caregivers instead of restricting it

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 21:00
Region:  National

“The federal government must stop toying with migrant workers’ hopes and dreams, and extend permanent residency on arrival to newcomers arriving to do caring work in Canada,” said Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Right now, Live-in Caregivers have to put up with low wages, isolation, and sometimes dangerous working conditions for 2 years before they can apply for the right to stay in Canada.

Related Content Related Issue:  Labour and Migration - Temporary Foreign Workers Program

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