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

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:16
Region:  National

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 collapse and 2,445 more have been injured or permanently disabled. These workers made clothing for a Bangladeshi company whose clients include Joe Fresh, a subsidiary of the Canadian-owned Loblaws.

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

Fri, 04/26/2013 - 13:10
Region:  National 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.

Related Content Related Issue:  Health and Medicare Related Human Rights & Equality:  Aboriginal Workers Women Workers of Colour Workers with Disabilities

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

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 13:25
Region:  National

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).

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy Labour and Migration

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Royal Bank abusing TFWP

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:58
Region:  National

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, who will soon be displaced, are having to train migrant workers from abroad to do their information technology jobs. The temporary workers on visas are employed by a labour broker called iGATE. After being trained most of those workers will leave Canada and perform their work from abroad.

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy Labour and Migration

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

Fri, 04/05/2013 - 07:52
Region:  National

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 unemployed Canadians in March, and the unemployment rate was 7.2%.

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy Unemployment Insurance

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

Tue, 04/02/2013 - 07:46
Region:  National

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 and the broader community in the context of the challenges and opportunities facing the labour movement today.

Related Content Related Issue:  Role of Unions

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

Fri, 03/22/2013 - 13:24
Region:  National

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.

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy Role of Unions Unemployment Insurance

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Georgetti wants all out effort on skills training: Ottawa should drop preoccupation with balancing budget

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 15:20
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress is calling for an all out effort to provide skills training to unemployed Canadians.

Ken Georgetti was commenting on the federal government’s March 21 budget for the year 2013-14. “We have a skills gap in Canada. We have more than 1.3 million unemployed Canadians and 5.7 unemployed workers for every available job,” Georgetti says. “At the same time we have labour shortages in select areas of the economy. That’s a shame because people really do want to work and provide for their families.”

Related Content Related Issue:  Budget Analysis

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The Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award 2013 Recipients

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 07:57
Region:  National

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award. This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of workers who have made an impact in the union and/or the community by promoting and defending the rights of persons with disabilities. This year, the CLC is recognizing the contribution of three exceptional people who represent three different kinds of activism:

Related Content Related Human Rights & Equality:  Workers with Disabilities

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CLC’s Barb Byers at UN sessions on violence against women and girls

Tue, 03/12/2013 - 11:50
Region:  National

Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress, accompanied a delegation of Canadian trade union leaders and activists at the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York City beginning on March 4. 

"We want to do everything possible to eliminate and prevent all forms of violence against women and girls,” Byers says.

Related Content Related Human Rights & Equality:  Women

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CLC says seasonal unemployment a fact of life: Georgetti calls for better training programs

Thu, 03/07/2013 - 21:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA ― The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says Ottawa should admit that seasonal unemployment is a reality in Canada and design the Employment Insurance system accordingly.

“We all know that seasonal work is a fact of life in Canada, not only in fisheries and agriculture but among people who work for provinces, cities, towns and municipalities,” says Ken Georgetti. “Let’s stop denying this and have an open conversation about how best to deal with it.”

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy Training & Apprenticeship Unemployment Insurance Related Human Rights & Equality:  Young Workers

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We have a winner!

Wed, 03/06/2013 - 09:35
Region:  National

The Canadian Labour Congress is pleased to announce that Michael Rouse is the first place winner of this year's One Minute Message Video contest, taking home the $2000.00 prize.

Related Content Related Campaign:  The Union Advantage in Canadian Communities

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Cancel poorly conceived changes to EI: CLC’s Georgetti tells government to stop harassing the unemployed

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 11:26
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says the federal government should scrap changes it has made to Employment Insurance regulations, which punish unemployed workers and treat them like second class citizens.

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy Unemployment Insurance

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Stop playing politics with unemployed workers: CLC’s Georgetti comments on Statistics Canada employment numbers

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 08:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The federal government should stop playing political games that stigmatize unemployed workers, says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti.

“Recently, some cabinet ministers have tried to justify their government’s policy failures by describing unemployed workers as cheats and fraudsters,” says Georgetti. “The government should stop stigmatizing people who are out of work through no fault of their own, and start adopting policies that will lead to the creation of good, family supporting jobs.”  

Related Content Related Issue:  Corporate Pay and Profits Jobs & Economy

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Black History - African Heritage Month 2013

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 08:59
Region:  National

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is pleased to acknowledge and celebrate Black History /African Heritage month this February.

The CLC’s Working Voices Black History/African Heritage month provides informative illustrations of members of the black community that have:

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

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CLC report: Corporate Tax Freedom Day is January 30 - Big businesses hoard cash from tax giveaways, not investing in jobs

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 07:34
Region:  National

OTTAWA – A research study by the Canadian Labour Congress shows that CEOs in Canada could be dancing in their suites to celebrate Corporate Tax Freedom Day on January 30. Their companies will by then have paid their share of taxes to all levels of government for the entire year.

Related Content Related Issue:  Jobs & Economy Stop the Corporate Tax Giveaways

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The Buck Shouldn't Stop at Theresa Spence

Thu, 01/10/2013 - 11:08
Region:  National

As published on huffingtonpost.com

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EI program failing unemployed workers: CLC comments on Statistics Canada employment numbers

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 07:21
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Employment Insurance program continues to fail unemployed workers, says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti.

“We know that only 37.9% of unemployed Canadians actually qualify for Employment Insurance,” Georgetti says. “That means either there are roadblocks put in the way of people receiving benefits from an insurance program that they paid into, or they have been out of work for so long that they have used up their  benefits.” 

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Conservatives take away benefits from seasonal migrant workers

Fri, 12/21/2012 - 13:31
Region:  National

On December 6, 2012, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley, under the logo of the government’s questionable Economic Action Plan announced yet another attack on migrant workers.

Just 15 days before Christmas, Minster Finley issued a press release stating migrant workers who have paid into maternity, paternity or compassionate care benefits will no longer be able access them once their work visa in Canada has expired.

Related Content Related Issue:  Labour and Migration Unemployment Insurance

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GM job cuts in Oshawa sign of disrespect: CLC says governments must work to reverse decision

Wed, 12/19/2012 - 12:33
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says an announcement by General Motors that it will shut down part of its production in Oshawa shows disrespect for Canada, Ontario and the local community.

“General Motors owes Canada more than this,” says Ken Georgetti. “The company made this announcement with no warning just as workers and their families are getting ready for the holidays. This is a sign of great disrespect.”

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