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CLC releases guide for investigating corporate negligence in the workplace: May 9 is 20th anniversary of Westray mine explosion

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 06:33
Region:  National

OTTAWA – On the 20th anniversary of the deadly Westray explosion that killed 26 miners in Nova Scotia, the Canadian Labour Congress has released a guide for investigating corporate criminal negligence in the workplace.

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CLC’s Hassan Yussuff to head TUCA: Elected president of hemispheric labour organization

Fri, 04/20/2012 - 08:50
Region:  National

OTTAWA – Hassan Yussuff of the Canadian Labour Congress, has been elected to a four-year term as president of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA). Yussuff, who is the CLC’s Secretary-Treasurer, was elected on April 20 at a TUCA convention occurring in Iguazu Falls, Brazil. 

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Employment Insurance benefits hard to access: CLC President responds to Statistics Canada figures

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 11:18
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says it is “scandalous” that fewer than 40% of unemployed workers in Canada are receiving Employment Insurance benefits.

Ken Georgetti was responding to the release of Statistics Canada information for the month of February 2012, when only 39.9% of unemployed workers were receiving EI Benefits. That is 3.7 percentage points lower than February 2011, when 43.6% of the unemployed were receiving regular benefits.

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Improved job numbers may not be sustainable: CLC President comments on Labour Force Survey for March 2012

Thu, 04/05/2012 - 07:55
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has welcomed improvements in the job market in March, but Ken Georgetti says they may not be sustainable. “We are very pleased to see that the number of full-time jobs increased in March,” says Georgetti, but in the five previous months 40,700 Canadians lost full-time jobs. Georgetti was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of its Labour Force Survey for March 2012. The national unemployment rate was 7.2% and there were 1,356,200 unemployed Canadians in March.

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African Unions Take Aim at Canadian Embassies: Kick Start the G8 Campaign on HIV/AIDS

Tue, 04/03/2012 - 08:10
Region:  National

Trade unions from Togo were the first of an alliance of African and Canadian unions to meet with a Canadian Consulate, to call on Canada’s Harper government to take the lead in raising HIV/AIDS issues at the G8 Summit in the United States next May. The action grew out of a strategy planning session of unions from throughout the African continent who aim to elevate the profile on HIV/AIDS at the G8.

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Georgetti says budget fails on jobs, pensions: CLC president says middle class under attack

Thu, 03/29/2012 - 13:36
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says the federal budget tabled on March 29 has failed Canadians by destroying valuable public services and jobs and attacking pensions.   

“The government could have used this budget to help struggling middle class and working Canadians,” Georgetti says, “but it chose to not to do so.”

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Georgetti congratulates new NDP leader

Sat, 03/24/2012 - 16:04
Region:  National CLC will work to improve lives of Canadians

OTTAWA –- The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has congratulated Thomas Mulcair, the new leader of the New Democratic Party.

“The Canadian Labour Congress was a founding partner of the NDP in 1961 and we are proud of that,” Georgetti says. “We have had a close working relationship with all NDP leaders in the past and we fully expect we will have a good relationship with Tom Mulcair.

 


 

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Global Corporate Bullies: Here they come again

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:27
Region:  National

First it was Vale-Inco in Sudbury. Then it was Caterpillar in London. Now, workers are under attack in another community: this time at the hands of corporate giant Rio Tinto in Alma, Quebec.

Alma has one of the world’s best, most modern and lowest cost aluminum smelters. Despite earning $20 billion in the past two years, Rio Tinto wants workers there to give them a deal that would see every (full-time, unionized) job that opens up through retirement filled with a non-union contract worker at half the wage with no benefits.
G-R-E-E-D-Y!

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Ken Georgetti flags abuses of trade union rights in Mexico

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 08:36
Region:  National

OTTAWA – CLC President Ken Georgetti met on March 14th with Francisco J. Barrio-Terrazas, Mexico’s ambassador to Canada. Georgetti and other Canadian union leaders expressed concern about the continuing abuse of trade union rights by the Mexican government.

Georgetti was accompanied by Dave Coles, President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, John Gordon, President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and Ken Neumann, Canadian Director of the United Steelworkers.

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Georgetti tells Minister Raitt to stop interfering in Air Canada bargaining: CLC President sends letter of protest to Labour Minister

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 14:31
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress has written to Labour Minister Lisa Raitt to protest against her meddling in collective bargaining at Air Canada.

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Next federal budget must assist in creating jobs: CLC President comments on job numbers for February 2012

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 06:31
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress is calling on the federal government to use its upcoming budget to assist in creating good, family supporting jobs.

Ken Georgetti was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of its Labour Force Survey for February 2012. The national unemployment rate was 7.4% and there were 1,386,000 unemployed Canadians in February.

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African & Canadian Unions Launch G8 AIDS Campaign

Wed, 03/07/2012 - 11:47
Region:  International

Trade unions throughout Africa and Canada will call on the Canadian government to champion a focus on HIV & AIDS at the next G8 Summit at Camp David on May 18-19, 2012.

Mr. Kwasi Adu-Amankwah of the African regional International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa) and Mr. Ken Georgetti of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) today kicked-off a lobbying campaign to deliver their messages directly to Prime Minister Stephen Harper within Canada and through Canadian Embassies or Consulates throughout Africa.

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The CLC Urges the Prime Minister to Support a comprehensive and robust United Nations Arms Trade Treaty 

Thu, 03/01/2012 - 14:11
Region:  National

Each day, armed conflict results in the deaths of 2,000 people worldwide, and countless others are maimed. Illicit and irresponsible transfers of arms are the cause of many of the world’s greatest human rights abuses, conflicts, and humanitarian disasters. The world needs an Arms Trade Treaty that holds governments to account and that is workable and enforceable.
 

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Budget Must Focus on Jobs: Georgetti says latest EI numbers point to erosion of job quality

Fri, 02/17/2012 - 12:21
Region:  National

OTTAWA – New figures released today about the number of unemployed workers who qualify for help from the federal government’s Employment Insurance program suggests that the post-recession jobs recovery is precarious at best.

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CLC condemns vote ending Long-gun registry

Wed, 02/15/2012 - 12:57
Region:  National

The Canadian Labour Congress joins with the Coalition for Gun Control, police, women's and anti-violence organizations in condemning today's vote to end the gun registry. "We maintain that the gun registry is an important tool to ensure workplace and community safety", said CLC President Ken Georgetti.

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CLC wants national summit on retirement security - Georgetti says government’s approach is piecemeal

Mon, 02/06/2012 - 13:02
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The Canadian Labour Congress is calling for a national summit on the future of Canada’s retirement income system in the wake of the government’s stated intention to impose limits on Old Age Security (OAS), which is paid to everyone 65 years of age and older.

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Canadian taxpayers left holding the bag in London plant shutdown: Georgetti says Caterpillar should be forced to seek Canadian buyer

Fri, 02/03/2012 - 12:25
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says the federal government should force Caterpillar Inc. to put its London, Ontario diesel assembly plant up for sale to a Canadian buyer to keep jobs in this country.

Georgetti was commenting on an announcement by the U.S.-based Caterpillar that it will close its Electro-Motive Canada plant rather than negotiate a new contract with 450 workers who the company locked out on January 1st. “This is corporate thuggery and Caterpillar should not be allowed to get away with it,” Georgetti says.

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Next budget must create jobs, not destroy them: CLC President comments on job numbers for January 2012

Fri, 02/03/2012 - 06:31
Region:  National

OTTAWA – The President of the Canadian Labour Congress says that the upcoming federal budget should work at creating jobs and not destroying them.

Ken Georgetti was commenting on the release by Statistics Canada of its Labour Force Survey for January 2012. The national unemployment rate was 7.6% and there were 1,421,200 unemployed Canadians in January.

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CLC’s Barb Byers speaks to CFS National Day of Action

Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:30
Region:  National

OTTAWA -- Barb Byers, CLC Executive Vice-President, told a national student rally in Ottawa that the Canadian labour movement stands with students in their demands for lower tuition fees, the elimination of student debt and an increase of funding for public, post-secondary education.

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CLC report: Corporate Tax Freedom Day is February 1st - Big businesses hoarding cash from tax giveaways, not creating jobs and investments

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 07:14
Region:  National

OTTAWA – A new research study from the Canadian Labour Congress shows that companies in Canada will be popping the champagne corks to celebrate Corporate Tax Freedom Day on February 1st

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