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MPs must listen to workers and take action on a fair recovery that makes life more affordable

November 29, 2021
Canada’s unions are making sure Members of Parliament hear from workers, as they get down…
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Canada’s unions welcome federal legislation on paid sick leave and protecting health care workers

November 26, 2021
Bruske: we will keep fighting until every worker in Canada has access to paid sick…
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New worker lockdown benefit fails to benefit workers

November 25, 2021
Liberals miss the mark with new legislation, more needed to help Canadians Canada’s unions are…
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Canada’s unions call on federal government to ratify and implement C-190

November 24, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by…
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Parliament must get to work on a recovery that makes life more affordable for workers and their families

November 22, 2021
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are calling on all parties in our new minority parliament to…
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Canada’s unions urge federal government to end conversion therapy

November 19, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking November 20 – the Transgender Day of Remembrance – by renewing…
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President Bea Bruske available to speak about Canada’s unions’ priorities for new Parliament

November 19, 2021
With Parliament set to return – amidst rising inflation, stretching family budgets and an uneven…
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Conservatives pushing the same playbook on inflation instead of helping families

November 17, 2021
OTTAWA – With family budgets stretched thin, now is not the time to raise interest…
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Government must combat surging cost-of-living with action to raise minimum wage and bring down costs of housing, child care, and medicines

November 16, 2021
OTTAWA – With working people seeing their wages fall behind inflation, and everyday essentially getting more and…
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Canada’s unions welcome Canada-Alberta affordable child care agreement

November 15, 2021
High costs and lack of affordable spaces plaguing inflation-weary parents from coast-to-coast-to-coast  OTTAWA – Canada’s…
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Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with New Brunswick public sector workers & call on Premier Higgs to bargain in good faith

November 9, 2021
OTTAWA – Instead of lockouts, back-to-work laws and intimidation tactics, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs…
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Government must put the brakes on Bay St. and prevent windfall pandemic payouts

November 3, 2021
OTTAWA – An upcoming announcement from Canada’s banking regulator has the financial sector salivating at…
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Workers cannot trust Doug Ford to be a friend

November 2, 2021
Doug Ford has put his corporate buddies ahead of workers every time. Now, he’ll say…
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Governments must commit to repairing care economy on global care day

October 29, 2021
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, made the following statement for the Global…
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New cabinet must get to work on building an inclusive and equitable recovery

October 26, 2021
OTTAWA—Bea Bruske released the following statement about the new federal cabinet: “With women so disproportionately…
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New Cabinet’s top priority must be strengthening Canada’s care economy

October 25, 2021
This week, the world will mark the Global Day of Action for Care. COVID-19 has…
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Canadian Labour Congress’ President Bea Bruske available to speak about emergency benefits

October 21, 2021
OTTAWA – President Bea Bruske is available to speak to media today on the urgent…
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Bruske meets Deputy Prime Minister Freeland to discuss help for workers

October 18, 2021
OTTAWA—Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister…
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SCC ruling a victory for working women

October 15, 2021
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement on the Supreme…
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As clock ticks down, Canada’s unions demand government chooses help for people

October 13, 2021
OTTAWA—Canada’s unions are urging the federal government to extend emergency benefits to help workers and…
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Fourth wave means urgent need to extend emergency help for workers

October 7, 2021
Emergency benefits due to expire for workers in next two weeks OTTAWA—With the fourth wave…
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Canada’s unions calling for worker-centred pandemic recovery

October 6, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the World Day for Decent Work on October 7, by calling…
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Premiers, PM must listen to Canadians on strengthening health care

October 5, 2021
Unconditional health transfers won’t solve problems of LTC abuses, nursing shortages or lack of access…
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Canadian unions’ support to Haiti

October 4, 2021
Canadian unions have responded to an appeal issued by the Confederation of Public and Private…
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UN Day for Older Persons: Canada’s unions call for strong supports for seniors

October 1, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the UN Day for Older Persons by highlighting the need for…
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Statement by Bea Bruske

September 30, 2021
Earlier today, following a National Truth and Reconciliation Day event hosted by the Canadian Labour…
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Canada’s unions call on new federal government to prioritize reconciliation ahead of first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by strengthening our…
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Canada’s unions shocked at dissolution of HKCTU

September 22, 2021
Canadian unions express their shock and dismay upon learning of the recent decision of the…
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Status quo parliament must not return to the status quo

September 21, 2021
Parliament must get to work on key issues facing workers OTTAWA – Canada’s unions congratulate…
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Time for workers and their families to make their voices heard

September 20, 2021
Volunteers from all parts of the labour movement are knocking on doors across the country…
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Next federal government must deliver for workers

September 18, 2021
Pandemic recovery must be built on investments that improve the lives of all Canadians Canada…
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Canada’s unions united with nurses in demanding urgent government action

September 17, 2021
OTTAWA – As the pandemic strains Canada’s public health care systems, nurses are sounding the…
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O’Toole another Conservative who would put our public health care system at risk

September 16, 2021
With the pandemic pushing provinces to the brink, a federal Conservative government would put Canada’s…
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Conservative O’Toole would mean low-wage recovery that leaves workers behind

September 15, 2021
Service workers see average wages rise paltry 59 cents during the pandemic, less than a…
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CLC President Bea Bruske: Vote to make sure working moms aren’t left behind

September 14, 2021
Bruske joins group of prominent women demanding all parties make affordable, accessible child care for all…
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Child care is on the ballot this election

September 14, 2021
On today’s National Day of Action for affordable quality, accessible, inclusive child care for all,…
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Canada’s unions stand with hospital workers

September 13, 2021
Canada’s unions are standing in solidarity with hospital workers amid anti-vaccine protests being held in…
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O’Toole’s conservative plan risks setting women back

September 13, 2021
Erin O’Toole poses threat to years of hard-fought gains for working women Women have been…
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New job numbers show there’s work to be done on economic recovery

September 10, 2021
Anemic wage growth in Canada as some workers get left behind Canada’s unions are raising…
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O’Toole on the defensive over his plan to cut billions from child care, end emergency support for workers

September 9, 2021
During the French debate last night, Conservative leader Erin O’Toole was on the defensive over…
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Conservatives’ fiscal costing leaves critical question unanswered: what will Erin O’Toole cut to balance the budget?

September 8, 2021
OTTAWA-The Conservatives released their fiscal costing, but still claim they’ll achieve unrealistic growth while magically…
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O’Toole would build a social safety net out of hot air

September 8, 2021
Conservatives release platform costing, but Canadians already have the tally on broken Conservative promises. Canada’s…
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What O’Toole isn’t telling you: Conservative health care promises made to be broken

September 7, 2021
Erin O’Toole’s fiscal plan and promises to balance the budget in ten years doesn’t add…
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Bea Bruske: Put working families at the heart of Canada’s recovery

September 6, 2021
OTTAWA – Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress released the following statement on…
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O’Toole’s dangerous economics risks cuts to health care and services people rely on

August 31, 2021
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole began his day threatening Canadians with a return to spending cuts,…
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Canada’s unions release ad reminding working Canadians Erin O’Toole is dangerous

August 31, 2021
OTTAWA − Canada’s unions are pushing back against Erin O’Toole’s claims around supporting working Canadians…
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Bruske: Uber’s flex work proposal would continue to fail to protect gig workers

August 30, 2021
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement about Uber’s “Flexible…
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EDLC Municipal Election Endorsements

August 27, 2021
We have received a lot of feedback from affiliates, delegates and supporters asking when we…
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CLC President encourages New Brunswick voters to choose a worker-centred recovery in federal election

August 27, 2021
FREDERICTON – Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske called on workers to get involved in…
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Record bank profits reveals pandemic’s economic winners and losers

August 25, 2021
Today, RBC and the National Bank released their third-quarter profits, which came in at $4.3…
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Bruske welcomes NDP commitment to end profiteering off of seniors’ care

August 24, 2021
ST. JOHN’S – Canadian Labour Congress president Bea Bruske made the following statement today: “Decades…
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Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske demands worker-centred recovery

August 24, 2021
Bruske in St. John’s East to canvass in support of candidate Mary Shortall President Bea…
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Statement on Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination

August 24, 2021
The COVID-19 crisis is not over. COVID-19 is not the seasonal flu. It is much…
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O’Toole speaks out of both sides of his mouth on pensions

August 24, 2021
Conservative O’Toole spent career defending large corporations, can workers trust him now to stand up…
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O’Toole’s rhetoric cannot hide his record of hurting workers

August 23, 2021
Erin O’Toole has proven time and again he is no friend of working Canadians Erin…
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Canadian workers to political leaders: it’s high time for paid sick leave

August 20, 2021
Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) President Bea Bruske welcomes the Liberal party’s election commitment to introduce…
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Hidden in Conservative platform: An attack on public pensions and EI

August 19, 2021
Conservatives would relegate gig workers to second-class citizens in Canada’s workforce OTTAWA – Hidden in…
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All parties in this pandemic election should agree on one big issue – national pharmacare

August 16, 2021
By Beatrice Bruske, Doug Roth and Linda Silas On August 11th, the federal and Prince…
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Canada’s unions say federal election promises must centre on better jobs and strengthening social safety net

August 15, 2021
Canada’s unions are calling on all federal parties to ensure that workers are front and…
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Canada’s unions welcome certification of Uber class action

August 12, 2021
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) welcomes today’s decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice…
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Canada’s unions encouraged by continued job market recovery but urge parties to stay focused on the long road ahead

August 6, 2021
Canada’s unions are calling on elected leaders to stay focused on running the economy hot,…
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Permanent Residence for “Out-of-Status” Construction Workers in the GTA

July 30, 2021
**NOTE THAT DUE TO A HIGH VOLUME OF APPLICATIONS, THE CLC IS CURRENTLY WAIT LISTING…
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Governments must honour Emancipation Day by addressing systemic racism

July 29, 2021
Canada’s unions are calling on governments at every level to mark Canada’s first national recognition…
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CLC Statement on the fatal crane collapse in Kelowna, BC

July 13, 2021
Today we learned that five people lost their lives, and more were injured due to…
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Job numbers show pandemic’s hardest hit continue to struggle most

July 9, 2021
Canada’s unions are raising the alarm that hundreds of thousands of workers are facing cutbacks…
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Open Letter to the Working People of Canada

July 6, 2021
Friends and Allies, A few short weeks ago, I was truly honoured to be elected…
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Net-zero law lays foundation for stronger climate action

July 2, 2021
Canada’s unions are welcoming the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, which received royal assent and…
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Canada’s unions say this Canada Day is a time for reconciliation, not celebration

June 30, 2021
In light of the recent discovery of the remains of nearly 1,000 children at former…
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Canada’s unions welcome new hate speech provisions, express concern about timing

June 25, 2021
Canada’s unions are cautiously welcoming proposed federal legislative amendments to make it easier to prosecute…
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Canada’s unions warn that new Disability Benefit Act doesn’t go far enough

June 25, 2021
Canada’s unions are warning that a new disability benefit doesn’t go far enough to support…
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Canada’s unions elect new leaders to help chart a hopeful post-pandemic future for workers

June 18, 2021
(Ottawa – June 18, 2021) Nearly 4,000 delegates at the Canadian Labour Congress’ 29th Constitutional…
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Canada’s unions call for strengthened rights and protections for domestic workers

June 16, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking International Domestic Workers Day by calling on the federal government to increase access…
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CLC Canadian Council Statement on an Alberta Pension Plan

June 15, 2021
The Alberta Government of Jason Kenney has indicated its intention to explore withdrawing from the…
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CLC Canadian Council Statement on the Government of Ontario’s Decision to Invoke the Notwithstanding Clause

June 15, 2021
The Canadian Labour Congress and its affiliates join the Ontario Federation of Labour in roundly…
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Head of Canada’s unions set to preside over his final Convention after navigating pandemic response

June 15, 2021
Nearly 4,000 delegates poised to elect new leadership OTTAWA – This week, union members from…
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Canada’s unions condemn hate-motivated terrorist attack against Canadian Muslim family; express concern over rising incidents of hate

June 8, 2021
Canada’s unions unequivocally condemn the recent escalation of hate crimes and violence against members of…
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Canada’s unions mourn with Indigenous communities, call for action

June 2, 2021
Canada’s unions stand with Indigenous communities across Canada as they mourn the lives of 215…
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Pride

June 1, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking this year’s Pride season by calling on the federal government to…
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National AccessAbility Week: Canada’s unions call for elimination of barriers to employment, launch new handbook

May 28, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking National AccessAbility Week by calling on the federal government to remove…
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Canada’s unions are calling for meaningful investments to support 2SLGBTQI communities

May 25, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking this year’s Pride season by calling on the federal government to…
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Canada should crack down on tax evasion and put that revenue to good use

May 20, 2021
By Hassan Yussuff Buried in the government’s 724-page federal budget is an important commitment that…
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Canada’s unions call for urgent action to address hate crimes against 2SLGBTQI people

May 17, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) by urging…
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Canada’s unions support C-253, legislation to protect workers in the event of company insolvency

May 13, 2021
Canada’s unions are pleased to see the Members of Parliament taking action to put workers…
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Canadian unions condemn violence in Colombia

May 11, 2021
Canadian unions stand in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of Colombian workers and citizens peacefully…
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Canada’s unions mark Westray anniversary with call to hold negligent employers accountable

May 7, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the anniversary of the Westray mining disaster by calling for negligent…
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Canada’s unions call for strong recovery measures as job losses rise

May 7, 2021
The number of Canadians without work for over a year has tripled during the pandemic.…
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Mourn the dead: fight for the living.

May 5, 2021
On May 9, 1992, just eight months after opening with federal and provincial government support,…
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Canada’s unions mark May Day by calling on governments to prioritize workers and their families

May 1, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking May Day by urging the federal government to act quickly to…
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Canada’s unions release detailed analysis of Budget 2021

April 30, 2021
On April 19, 2021 the federal government announced its first budget in two years. More…
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Canada’s unions condemn anti-Asian racism and urge solidarity with Asian communities

April 30, 2021
This Asian Heritage Month, Canada’s unions are standing in solidarity with Asian workers and communities…
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Back-to-work legislation undermines workers’ rights

April 29, 2021
The Canadian Labour Congress is condemning the Government of Canada’s decision to introduce back-to-work legislation…
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National Day of Mourning: the human cost of COVID-19

April 28, 2021
By Hassan Yussuff as published in The Hamilton Spectator Every year, workers and their families…
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Day of Mourning 2021 – The Human Cost of COVID-19

April 28, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the National Day of Mourning by calling attention to the human…
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Remembering the victims of the Rana Plaza disaster

April 23, 2021
April 24th marks the grim anniversary of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters that…
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All workers deserve to exercise religious freedom without discrimination

April 22, 2021
Canada’s unions are disappointed by the Quebec Superior Court’s recent decision on Bill 21, a…
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We need smart public policy to address vaccine hesitancy

April 20, 2021
When the first COVID-19 vaccines were injected into the arms of Canadians last December, there…
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Canada’s unions call for the immediate release of trade union leaders jailed in Hong Kong

April 20, 2021
Canada’s unions strongly condemn the prosecution of trade union leaders and pro‑democracy activists in Hong…
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Canada’s unions applaud overturning of Lula convictions

April 20, 2021
Canadian unions welcome the overturning of criminal convictions against former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula…
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Budget 2021: Canada’s unions welcome ‘crucial’ funding for child care, skills training and $15 federal minimum wage

April 19, 2021
Canada’s unions are applauding significant investments in child care, training and skills development and a…
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Top five labour demands ahead of upcoming federal budget

April 16, 2021
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to focus on the country’s…
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Day of Mourning 2021

April 14, 2021
Tragically the human cost of COVID-19 goes undocumented but it’s full cost is known all…
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Latest job numbers encouraging but a lot rides on federal job investments

April 9, 2021
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to create more than one…
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Canada’s Unions #DemandBetter for Equal Pay Day 2021

April 6, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking Equal Pay Day by calling for immediate action on pay equity.…
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Canada’s unions urge federal government to help end transphobic harassment in the workplace

March 31, 2021
Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to mark the International Trans Day of…
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Budget 2021: Canada’s unions call for strong measures to help pandemic recovery

March 30, 2021
As people in Canada continue to struggle with the impacts of COVID-19, workers and their…
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Canada’s unions applaud Supreme Court decision upholding federal carbon pricing

March 25, 2021
Canada’s unions welcome today’s Supreme Court ruling confirming the constitutionality of the federal carbon pricing…
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Labour: protect worker rights, not gig employers

March 23, 2021
The Canadian Labour Congress and provincial and territorial federations of labour find Uber’s self serving…
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Canada’s unions call on federal government to eliminate systemic racism in employment

March 21, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by urging…
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Canada’s unions urge Senate to quickly extend EI benefits as hundreds of thousands of Canadians remain out of work

March 12, 2021
After initial delays, Bill C-24, which extends EI benefits by an additional 24 weeks, passed…
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Canada’s unions urge Conservatives to join with government and opposition parties to swiftly pass EI extension

March 11, 2021
Canada’s unions are calling on the federal Conservatives to stop unnecessary procedural delays and political…
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#WeAreTheRecovery: Pandemic response must centre women’s economic justice

March 8, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking International Women’s Day by calling on the federal government to focus…
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Canada’s unions call on Ottawa to protect Uyghurs in China

February 24, 2021
Canada’s unions applaud Parliament’s recognition that the Chinese government is committing genocide against its Muslim…
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Canada’s unions mark Pink Shirt Day by calling for an end to workplace violence and harassment

February 24, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking Pink Shirt Day by calling on the federal government to ratify…
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Canada’s unions welcome extension of EI and recovery benefits

February 19, 2021
Canada’s unions welcome the extension to income supports announced by the federal government today as…
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Too many people are struggling to pay for their medications

February 19, 2021
By Hassan Yussuff, Doug Roth, Linda Silas, as published in Toronto Star   A silent…
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Canada’s unions are warning federal government of looming ‘benefits cliff’

February 18, 2021
Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to extend income support for unemployed workers…
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Health and labour groups aligned in push for universal access to prescription drugs

February 16, 2021
Heart & Stroke, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) have…
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Latest job numbers point to need for urgent extension of EI benefits and job retraining

February 5, 2021
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are urgently calling on the federal government to extend EI and…
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Canada’s unions welcome new terrorist listings for far-right white supremacist groups

February 3, 2021
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcome today’s announcement by the federal government that it has added…
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Canada’s unions welcome new declaration to address gender-based violence

February 3, 2021
Canada’s unions welcome the joint declaration made by Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for…
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Canada’s unions mark Black History Month by calling for racial justice in pandemic response and recovery

February 1, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking Black History Month by calling for an end to systemic anti-Black…
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Canada’s unions welcome National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia

January 29, 2021
Canada’s unions are welcoming the federal government’s announcement that it will designate January 29 a…
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Labour and anti-hate activists must unite to confront white supremacy

January 28, 2021
By Hassan Yussuff and Bernie M. Farber, as published in Toronto Star January 27 2021…
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Canada’s unions call for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

January 28, 2021
Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to designate January 29 as a National…
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EI for the 21st Century

January 22, 2021
Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) program is falling short. Over the past year, the shortcomings of the…
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Labour College of Canada announces partnership with Brock University

January 12, 2021
The Labour College of Canada (LCC) is proud to announce a new partnership with Brock…
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End-of-year unemployment data shows need for continued support for workers

January 8, 2021
“Even as the vaccine roll-out begins, we can see that the tough times aren’t behind…
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Lessons from 2020: The pandemic brought out the best in Canada’s workers

December 31, 2020
“Canada’s unions are marking the end of 2020 by looking back on all that has…
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