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Tinkering won’t fix TFWP’s flaws: Georgetti on changes to foreign worker program

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 21:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The Conservative government’s announced reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) amount to tinkering and fail to address fundamental flaws with the program, says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

“The government is trying to patch gaping holes in the integrity of the TFWP with half-hearted reforms,” says Georgetti, “but this falls far short of what is needed.”  

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The time for pension leadership is now: Georgetti calls on Premiers to move forward with an expanded Canada Pension Plan

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 13:10
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased Ontario has pledged to continue to press for an expanded Canada Pension Plan at this week's Council of the Federation meetings. 

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Who is on the Harper Government Enemies List? Canadian Labour Congress launches an online contest while it waits for the Harper Government to answer Access to Information Requests about “friend” and “enemy” stakeholder lists

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 07:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is quite sure its name is among the organizations and individuals on the Harper government’s list of “enemies” provided to new Cabinet Ministers earlier this week. But to confirm it, the CLC has filed formal access to information requests to key government departments, asking them to produce the lists of stakeholders deemed friends and foes by ministerial staff at the request of the Prime Minister’s Office.

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Georgetti says unemployment remains too high: Comments on Statistics Canada job numbers for June

Fri, 07/05/2013 - 10:56
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the rate of unemployment in Canada remains unacceptably high and that the economy is not producing enough jobs, particularly for younger workers. 

Ken Georgetti was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of its Labour Force Survey for June 2013. There were 1,355,100 unemployed Canadians in June, and the overall unemployment rate remained stuck at 7.1%. In the 15-to-24 age group, unemployment stood at 13.8%, and 48% of young workers are employed part-time.

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CLC says Bill C-377 should be withdrawn: Appreciates Senate amendments but bill still unacceptable

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 13:17
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that anti-union Bill C-377 should be withdrawn despite amendments to the legislation introduced in the Senate.

“I do want to thank the Senators for taking seriously their responsibility as legislators," says CLC President Ken Georgetti. "This is a sloppy, poorly drafted piece of legislation and the Senators were not prepared to accept it as is, when it was presented to them. It is regrettable the Senators did not go all the way and defeat a bill that is at best, poor public policy, and political bullying at its worst."

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Fraser Institute fails to make case for RRSPs: Flawed study attempts to attack expanded CPP

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 14:07
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the Fraser Institute has unwittingly made the case for expanding the Canada Pension Plan and making it the preferred retirement savings option.

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Conservatives sabotaging CPP talks Government listening to Fraser Institute and CFIB, not provinces

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 07:39
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the Conservative government is deliberately trying to sabotage federal-provincial talks aimed at improving the Canada Pension Plan. 

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CLC to Senators - Defeat Bill C-377

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 10:06
Region:  National

Last week the Senate Banking Committee completed hearings on Bill C-377 and issued their report to the Senate.   In an unusual move, the Senate Committee wrote:


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Global report takes aim on Harper government’s attacks on worker & trade union rights

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 07:36
Region:  International

A report released this week in Switzerland by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has taken aim at Canadian government trends to interfere with strike actions, and the plight of migrant workers.

The ITUC released its annual survey of trade union rights at the annual meeting of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and has reported on trade union  violations throughout the world.

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No More Unfair Drug Testing at Work

Fri, 06/14/2013 - 13:56
Region:  National

The Supreme Court of Canada just upheld important restrictions on management rights in an appeal by the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) against Irving Pulp and Paper and reinforced the importance of collective bargaining in balancing the interests of workers and their employers.

A union grievance had challenged the employer's unilateral, mandatory and random alcohol testing policy. Under the policy, 1 in every 10 employees in select positions were to be randomly chosen for breathalyser testing.

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CLC to John Baird: Protect Women's Rights

Thu, 06/13/2013 - 13:19
Region:  National

President Ken Georgetti wrote to John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding Canada's position in the current negotiations toward the UN Human Rights Council's annual resolution on violence against women:

The Honourable John Baird

Minister of Foreign Affairs

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6



Dear Minister:

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Investment firms alarmed about Bill C-377: Anti-union Bill will have costly consequences

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 13:41
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― Canadian investment and insurance firms are expressing alarm over the consequences that will flow from Bill C-377, legislation of the Conservative government that is aimed mainly at labour unions.

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Georgetti comments on Statistics Canada job numbers: Says government fails to consult labour on job plans

Fri, 06/07/2013 - 10:30
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal government consistently fails to consult workers and their representatives when creating policies about jobs and training.

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If it works, change it: Georgetti criticizes back door changes to Labour Code

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 10:43
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has expressed outrage over a back door attempt by the Conservative government to interfere in labour relations and the established rights of workers to join and remain in a union.

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CLC says Bill C-377 is political bullying: Georgetti asks Senate to throw out the Bill

Thu, 06/06/2013 - 08:22
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that a government bill claiming to promote financial transparency is actually meant to bully and harass unions and their members, and he is calling upon the Senate of Canada to defeat it.

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If it works, change it: Georgetti criticizes back door changes to Labour Code

Wed, 06/05/2013 - 21:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has expressed outrage over a back door attempt by the Conservative government to interfere in labour relations and the established rights of workers to join and remain in a union.



Ken Georgetti was responding to the introduction of Bill C-525, a private member’s bill to change certification and decertification procedures in the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act, and the Public Service Labour Relations Act.

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Legal experts say Bill C-377 is unconstitutional: Bill promoted by well-connected Conservative insiders

Fri, 05/31/2013 - 13:12
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The Conservative government and its anti-union allies cannot find a single constitutional expert who will agree that Bill C-377 is constitutional, says Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour  Congress.

“This bill singles out unions and their members for discriminatory treatment and it interferes with their right to freedom of association,” says Georgetti. “Every credible expert to appear before parliamentary committees has said so. This is a bird that won’t fly.”

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

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 06:49
Region:  National

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 work are able to gain access to Employment Insurance benefits,” says CLC President Ken Georgetti. “The government is abandoning these young workers.”

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

Fri, 05/10/2013 - 04:00
Region:  National

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 temporary foreign workers despite the fact that 1.4 million Canadian residents were unemployed,” says Ken CLC President Ken Georgetti. The CLC research used numbers from the Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey and from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  

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

Tue, 04/30/2013 - 08:15
Region:  National

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 consult and listen to stakeholders when developing policy and legislation in the first place.

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