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Canadian unions observe International Migrants Day - Migrant workers’ rights are human rights

Tue, 12/15/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA – Canadian unions are observing International Migrants Day on Friday, December 18, and are calling on governments to adopt and ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.

Related Content Related Issue:  Labour and Migration Related Human Rights & Equality:  Workers of Colour

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Too early to predict jobs recovery - CLC President says next budget must stress job creation

Thu, 12/03/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA – There is some good news regarding employment in Canada this month but it is far too early to say that a jobs recovery has arrived, says the president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Ken Georgetti was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of labour force figures for November 2009. The level of employment was up between October and November, and there was an increase in both full-time and part-time employment. “We’re pleased that jobs were created in November but one month does not a recovery make,” says Georgetti.

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Wal-Mart court ruling a narrow technical victory - Georgetti says judgment applies only in Quebec

Thu, 11/26/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The president of the Canadian Labour Congress says that Supreme Court of Canada judgments involving a Wal-Mart store closure in Quebec are based on legal technicalities and that the ruling would likely not apply in the rest of Canada.

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Postcard campaign targets violence against women - Thousands of cards being sent to prime minister

Wed, 11/11/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress is asking Canadians to send 20 postcards in 20 days to the prime minister telling him to take action now to end violence against women.

“On December 6th it will be 20 years since 14 young women were murdered in Montreal simply because they were women,” says Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “Ironically, as this anniversary approaches, our government is trying to eradicate the firearms registry, the one concrete measure taken to reduce gun violence against women.”

Related Content Related Issue:  Child Care Pay Equity Related Human Rights & Equality:  Aboriginal Workers Women Workers of Colour Workers with Disabilities Young Workers Related Campaign:  117 1264

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“Year from hell” for unemployed - CLC President says government tinkers, but refuses to reform

Fri, 11/06/2009 - 07:05
Region:  National

OTTAWA – “It’s been a year from hell for Canada’s unemployed workers,” says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. “Since last fall hundreds of thousands of people have seen their full-time jobs disappear, their families have been decimated and their communities hollowed out,” Georgetti says.

Related Content Related Issue:  Budget Analysis Jobs & Economy Unemployment Insurance

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CLC supports striking museum workers

Wed, 10/28/2009 - 08:02
Region:  National Asks union members not to visit Civilization and War Museums

OTTAWA – The Executive Council of the Canadian Labour Congress is asking workers who belong to its affiliated unions not to visit the Museum of Civilization and the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa-Gatineau until striking workers have secured a fair collective agreement.

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CLC responds to Flaherty pensions announcement

Tue, 10/27/2009 - 18:05
Region:  National Georgetti says Canadians need full-fledged pension reform

OTTAWA – An announcement by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on regulations dealing with federally-regulated pensions is welcome but will have little if any immediate impact upon the pension security that Canadians are looking for, says Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

“These changes result from consultations the government has held over the past year and some of them look good, but they don’t deal with the pension crisis facing most Canadians,” says Georgetti.

Related Content Related Issue:  Pensions & Retirement

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Georgetti calls for immediate EI reform - CLC President says the unemployed running out of benefits

Fri, 10/09/2009 - 08:02
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress has renewed its call for the federal government to make immediate and comprehensive reforms to Employment Insurance to meet the basic needs of unemployed workers.

“People are running out of EI benefits,” says Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress. “Those unemployed workers are going to end up on social assistance and at food banks.”

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CLC supports Bill C-50 - But Georgetti wants more reform of Employment Insurance

Thu, 10/08/2009 - 06:16
Region:  National

OTTAWA – Parliament should pass Bill C-50 to help long-tenured workers who have been laid off, but the Employment Insurance system is still in desperate need of more comprehensive reform to help people who have been thrown out of work, says the Canadian Labour Congress.

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CLC wants action on laws that foster child labour

Mon, 10/05/2009 - 10:16
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress says that federal, provincial and territorial labour ministers should immediately ratify the International Labour Organization’s Convention 138 on Minimum Age. The Convention seeks to prevent conditions that foster child labour beyond doing light work under some conditions.

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Say no to Colombia free trade agreement

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National CLC president tells MPs

OTTAWA – The president of the Canadian Labour Congress is urging Members of Parliament not to ratify a free trade agreement with Colombia. “If our MPs pass this legislation they will be signalling to the world the abandonment of our democratic values abroad,” says Ken Georgetti.

Related Content Related Issue:  Free Trade with Colombia Related Programs:  Colombia

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Government’s EI announcement helpful but limited

Mon, 09/14/2009 - 13:10
Region:  National Georgetti says changes will not touch most of the unemployed

OTTAWA – The Conservative government’s planned changes to the Employment Insurance program are welcome but they will not help most of Canada’s unemployed workers, says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

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Georgetti says Canada's unemployed running out of benefits - CLC President sees bleak Labour Day for jobless

Thu, 09/03/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA – Unemployed Canadians will have little to celebrate this Labour Day unless federal politicians act now to improve Employment Insurance to meet the basic needs of all workers, says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

“The clock is ticking for those who lost work since last fall,” says Georgetti. “Those workers are running out of Employment Insurance benefits and they’re going to end up on provincial or municipal welfare roles and at food banks.”

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Canadian, African unions sign HIV & AIDS advocacy agreement

Mon, 08/31/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has signed a landmark HIV & AIDS advocacy agreement with ITUC Africa – the African Regional organization of the International Trade Union Confederation. The accord creates a partnership approach to addressing HIV and AIDS in each jurisdiction and in promoting universal access to prevention, treatment and care of infected workers and their families.

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Tri-National Union Declaration on the Occasion of the NAFTA Leaders Summit

Thu, 08/13/2009 - 19:21
Region:  National Guadalajara, Mexico
August 9/10, 2009 Related Content Related Issue:  Trade, Investment and Security Related Programs:  Mexico

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Georgetti says recession far from over for Canada’s unemployed

Thu, 08/06/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National CLC President asks Premiers to champion EI reform

OTTAWA – The recession is far from over for unemployed Canadians, says Ken Georgetti, and he is urging premiers and territorial leaders to pressure the federal government to reform Employment Insurance.

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CLC condemns coup in Honduras

Wed, 07/01/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) condemns the overthrow of democracy by the military in Honduras and supports the call of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the immediate, safe and unconditional return of its democratically-elected constitutional president, Manuel Zelaya. The CLC urges Prime Minister Harper to add our nation's voice to the growing calls from governments around the world for the Honduran military and public institutions to respect democratic norms, the rule of law and the Honduran constitution by ensuring President Zelaya's safe return to power.

Related Content Related Issue:  Threats to Democracy

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CLC President says forget working group

Tue, 06/16/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National Fix EI now

OTTAWA - Unemployed workers are being badly hurt by the government delaying needed improvements to Employment Insurance, says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti.

He was responding to an announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Opposition Leader Michael Ignatieff that they will set up a working group to meet over the summer and consider changes to EI. Georgetti says, "We know what has to be done to fix EI. Putting off changes for months does not help unemployed workers or their communities."

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Citizens protest Colombian president’s visit to Ottawa

Tue, 06/09/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National CLC’s Hassan Yussuff, “say no to Colombia free trade pact”

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress and affiliated unions joined people from human rights, church and community organizations on Parliament Hill on June 10th to protest against the Ottawa visit of Colombian president Alvaro Uribe and the free trade agreement that he is desperate to promote with Canada.

Related Content Related Issue:  Free Trade with Colombia Globalization, International Economy

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Georgetti says EI must be improved

Thu, 06/04/2009 - 21:00
Region:  National CLC President says unemployment is ravaging families and communities

OTTAWA - The Employment Insurance program must be improved to prevent tens of thousands of workers, their families and communities from suffering fallout from the worst economic crisis in a generation, says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti.

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