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CLC releases study on “union advantage”: Unionized workers earn $5.11 more per hour than non-union

Tue, 08/21/2012 - 07:27
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress has released a study showing that on average unionized workers in Canada earn $5.11 an hour more than do non-union workers. “That extra money in the pockets of individual workers means the union advantage is worth a cumulative $793 million per week added to our economy,” says CLC president Ken Georgetti.

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Young workers being left behind: CLC President comments on job numbers for July 2012

Thu, 08/09/2012 - 13:22
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress says that too many young workers are unemployed and they risk being left behind in a Canadian economy that looks increasingly sluggish.

Ken Georgetti, CLC President, was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of its Labour Force Survey for July 2012. “Far too many of our young workers are unemployed or stuck in dead end jobs, and Ottawa should be paying more attention to them.”

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Premiers should ignore bankers and proceed with CPP expansion

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 14:10
Region:  National

The Canadian Bankers Association has written provincial premiers, urging them to implement the federal government's Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) in order to help Canadians save for retirement.

That’s rich: for years, Canadian banks have raked in millions of dollars in high fees on the $800 billion Canadians have invested in mutual funds. Canadian mutual funds carry among the highest management fees in the world, charges that can easily wipe out half of an individual's retirement savings.

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CFIB ignores its own research: The problem is weak demand, not wages and benefits

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 11:54
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business continues to ignore its own research about the fragile state of the Canadian economy, says Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Georgetti was commenting on the CFIB’s recently-released Business Outlook survey for July 2012. “The CFIB’s study shows that for the fourth month in row small and mid-sized businesses say that poor sales are the number one business constraint in Canada,” Georgetti says. “This weak demand means that people either don’t have the money to buy or they are fearful of the future.”

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Georgetti says Ottawa not responding to core issues: CLC president calls for leadership on health care and pensions

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 21:00
Region:  National

HALIFAX ― The president of the Canadian Labour Congress says that Canada’s premiers are being forced to take the lead on issues that matter most to Canadians because Ottawa is not doing so.

Ken Georgetti made his comments in Halifax after monitoring a Council of the Federation meeting attended by Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders. "Canadians are really concerned about health care and retirement security, and they want their governments to work together to resolve these issues," Georgetti says.

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Ottawa must do more for young workers: CLC President comments on job numbers for June 2012

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 07:49
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress says that too many young workers are unemployed or stuck in dead end jobs, and it wants Ottawa to develop strategies that would assist in providing full-time and secure work for them.  

Ken Georgetti, CLC President, was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of its Labour Force Survey for June 2012. “The official rate of unemployment for young workers remains in the double digits,” says Georgetti, “but the real rate is more like 20%. That’s unacceptable.”

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Canadians deserve to know the impact these budget cuts will have: Georgetti calls on government to hand over information to the Parliamentary Budget Officer

Wed, 06/27/2012 - 13:10
Region:  National

OTTAWA – Today, thousands more of the people who make Canada’s public service work will learn their jobs have been affected by the Conservative government’s latest round of budget cuts. Canadians, on the other hand, will have to wait for months, even years to learn how their lives have been affected by these cuts.

"Senior ministers continue to reassure Canadians that this is minor surgery, small cuts to remove the fat and a few superfluous appendages that serve no vital function," says Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti.

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5.8 unemployed workers for every job vacancy: Georgetti says government has no job creation strategy

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 12:45
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that new Statistics Canada numbers give the lie to the federal government’s claim that unemployed Canadians do not want to look for work.

Ken Georgetti was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of figures showing that between January and March 2012 there were 5.8 unemployed workers for every job vacancy in Canada. 

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International poll shows support in Canada for making job creation a priority: Canadians also support labour rights

Tue, 06/12/2012 - 08:21
Region:  National

OTTAWA - A 13-country poll conducted by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) shows that Canadians want their government to put an emphasis on job creation rather than on reducing debt. The poll’s results were released in Brussels on June 12 by ITUC General Secretary Sharan Burrow on the eve of the G20 summit in Mexico starting June 18.

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Jobs Recovery remains fragile: CLC President comments on Labour Force Survey for May 2012

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 07:40
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says the federal government should step back from the radical changes it wants to make to the Employment Insurance Program in light of the country’s still-fragile employment situation. The facts, he says, don’t back up the rhetoric government ministers are using to justify their sweeping reforms.

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Global report takes aim at the Canadian government’s attacks on worker & trade union rights

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 13:25
Region:  National

A report released this week in Switzerland by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) accuses the Canadian Government of leading an attack on worker rights and for signaling to the country’s provinces and territories that it’s “open season” on freedom of association and collective bargaining.

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

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Green Economy Network denounces Bill C-38 & outlines counter plan for creating climate jobs

Wed, 06/06/2012 - 07:00
Region:  National

OTTAWA -- The Green Economy Network [GEN]* -- a new alliance of national labour unions, environment organizations, social justice and youth groups -- denounced today the Federal Government’s omnibus legislation, Bill C-38,  for driving a wedge between the economy and the environment and proposed instead a counter plan for creating jobs and growth over the next 10 years.

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CLC wants Rio Tinto ‘off the podium’: CLC President writes to Canadian Olympic Committee

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 13:28
Region:  National

The Canadian Labour Congress wants Rio Tinto “off the podium” for this summer’s London 2012 Olympics.

CLC President Ken Georgetti has written to Marcel Aubut, President of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “With Rio Tinto supplying the metal used to produce the Olympic medals,” Georgetti says in his letter, “we believe the Games are tainted by the company’s reprehensible labour practices in Canada.”

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Georgetti slams government for latest back to work legislation - Warns that workers will find ways to retaliate

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:10
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has slammed the Conservative government for imposing back to work legislation in a labour dispute between Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, which represents striking conductors, engineers and traffic controllers.

First it was Canada Post, then air Canada and now CP Rail. This government is interfering regularly in labour disputes and companies know they don’t have to bargain seriously with workers because the government will bail them out.”

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CLC, ‘We can’t trust the government on EI’: Georgetti says plan is to reduce wages

Thu, 05/24/2012 - 11:04
Region:  National

The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the federal government is pushing through changes to Employment Insurance in order to  undercut the wages and employment conditions of all workers.

Ken Georgetti was responding to changes announced to the EI program in a news conference by Human Resources Minister Diane Finley. Unemployed workers would be forced to make longer commutes to take jobs and some would have to take jobs paying as little as 70 per cent of what they were previously earning. 

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Georgetti writes to Minister Raitt about CP strike: Says government interference will do ‘irreparable harm’

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 13:34
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has written to Labour Minister Lisa Raitt to express “outrage” at her interference in collective bargaining in the strike at Canadian Pacific Railways.

“Only 10 hours after the workers went on strike, you and your government decided to put back-to-work legislation on the order paper in the House of Commons,” Ken Georgetti says in his letter to the minister. “Why would any federal employer bargain in good faith with its workers?”

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Georgetti says ’Stop blaming the unemployed’: Six unemployed workers for every job vacancy

Wed, 05/23/2012 - 09:39
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that politicians should stop blaming the unemployed for being out of work and that the federal government should more fully debate its proposed draconian changes to Employment Insurance.

“Government ministers regularly say or imply that there are thousands of jobs going unfilled in Canada because the unemployed do not want to work but this is simply not the case,” says CLC President Ken Georgetti.

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Unions, NGOs say new migrant worker program unfair: Employers can pay migrant workers less

Tue, 05/15/2012 - 08:30
Region:  National

OTTAWA – A group of unions and non-government organizations say that recently announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) permitting employers to pay migrant workers up to 15% less and fast tracking employer applications for these workers is unfair and misguided.

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Georgetti calls for federal budget bill to be split - CLC says more debate needed on important issues

Mon, 05/14/2012 - 13:16
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress wants the federal government to split off provisions regarding changes to Old Age Security (OAS) and several other important issues from its massive 425-page budget bill so that they can be considered and debated separately.

 

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Canada’s job market remains fragile: CLC President comments on labour force survey for April 2012

Fri, 05/11/2012 - 07:26
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says Canada’s job market remains fragile and this is no time for the federal government to make it more difficult for unemployed Canadians to receive Employment Insurance benefits.


Ken Georgetti was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of its Labour Force Survey for April 2012. The economy added 44,000 full-time jobs in April, the national unemployment rate was 7.3% and there were 1,370,000 unemployed Canadians in April.

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