Canadian Labour Congress

Modern Labour Needs Leaders That Reject Right-Wing Rhetoric

Jerry Dias | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

Kicking out Harper was only a beginning to rebuilding a progressive vision in this country. We must push back as a united voice against the politics of division, racism, Islamophobia, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia and sexism that right-wing populists stir up in their cynical quests for power.

Beyond CETA: Building A Progressive Global Trade System

Hassan Yussuff | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Hassan Yussuff

When the full text of CETA was released in February 2016, we all thoroughly analyzed the deal. Each of us came to the conclusion that it wasn't a good deal for workers, so together we set to work to find areas where we could either block the deal or change it in a way that would protect workers' and citizens' interests in Canada and Europe.

Why Young Workers Like Me Turned Our Backs To Protest Trudeau

Briana Broderick | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Briana Broderick

By turning our backs on the PM, we were challenging a system built to inherently favour them above anyone else. As many social justice activists assert, the system isn't broken, it was built this way -- to disenfranchise and exclude women, "other" racialized people and anyone suggesting that change should be driven from the bottom up. What has occurred to me is that if white men are not leading the charge, they are often on the defensive.

Cracks In Liberals' Relationship With Unions Beginning To Show

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada Politics

There are pressure points that are beginning to show in the Canada Post dispute.

These Maritime Businesses Are Desperate For Workers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.25.2017 | Canada Business

Industry wants more temporary foreign workers.

Canadian Labour Unions Prepare To Launch Major Anti-Harper Offensive

CP | Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Politics

Workers say their assault will begin shortly after Labour Day and will be the culmination of months of preparation.

Labour Activists Angry Over Canada's 'On-Call' Workers

CP | David Friend, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.03.2016 | Canada Business

TORONTO — The rise of so-called precarious employment in Canada — mainly work in the services and retail sectors — has brought with it some ques...

WATCH: How We Remember Those Killed On The Job

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Business

The average number of Canadians killed on the job for works out to 2.47 deaths per each day of the year, according to the most recent data on workplac...

How the Labour Movement Has Failed

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Business
Rachel Décoste

You wouldn't know it from the tone of discourse today, but immigrants and foreign workers have been part of the Canadian labour force since Confederation. Then, much as now, they were necessary to ensure Canada's economic survival. Nevertheless, 19th century immigrant workers were viewed with suspicion and contempt and assigned the most dangerous tasks.

This Labour Day, Consider the "Union Advantage"

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

Nearly one in three people employed in Ontario is a union member. If you are one of these 1.6 million workers, you enjoy a tremendous advantage because your union has negotiated a fair wage and workday for you.

Sunny Freeman

'A Systematic Attack On The Gains We Have Made Since WW2' | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business

Hassan Yussuff has come a long way from the auto plant factory floor. The Guyanese immigrant made history earlier this month when he became the first...

Jobs Data Not An Accurate Picture: Labour Group

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - The Canadian Labour Congress is asking Statistics Canada to change the way it reports on unemployment, saying a more fulsome analysis of the ...

Look How Much Better Corporations Have It On Taxes

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.30.2014 | Canada Business

“Corporate Tax Freedom Day” fell on January 29 this year, says a report from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). That’s more than five months be...

Unions: Tories Have 'Declared War'

CBC | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics

In a sign they have all but given up on talks with the Treasury Board over labour reforms proposed in the federal government's budget bill, union lead...

Want to Help the Middle Class? Focus on Pensions

Ken Georgetti | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

The federal government claimed recently in its Throne Speech that it wants to help consumers and the middle class. But Ottawa is dragging its feet on the most important pocketbook issue of them all -- that of providing decent, secure pension income for all Canadians when they retire.

Sunny Freeman

Why Is No One Willing To Say This Tory Bill Is Legal? | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Business

Critics of a controversial bill requiring unions to disclose in-depth financial details are calling on its supporters to produce a constitutional expe...

Can This Network Really Take on Harper?

Nick Fillmore | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

The creation of Common Causes gave me hope. I have long felt that we desperately need a hard-nosed civil society movement that will challenge the Conservatives with massive campaigns drawing on the resources of hundreds of groups. Common Causes may be able to build an effective forum and voice for Canada's liberal-minded, progressive community but, as we have been in Quebec, this can take years.

Labour President Says Harper Majority Sharpens Union Opposition

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - The head of a major labour group says changes brought in by the Harper government dealing with working Canadians is galvanizing union opposi...

Mulcair Rallies Labour Support

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.23.2013 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - NDP leader Thomas Mulcair used a labour gathering this weekend to try to shore up support from one of his party's traditional allies, organi...

Tax Freedom Day For You? June. For Corporations? Tomorrow

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Corporate tax freedom day continues to get earlier with each passing year thanks to generous government tax cuts, the Canadian Labour Congres...

The Buck Shouldn't Stop at Theresa Spence

Ken Georgetti | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

All Canadians owe a debt of gratitude to Chief Theresa Spence's and Elder Raymond Robinson's hunger strikes. These individuals are calling attention to an intolerable situation among First Nations communities. They are also highlighting concerns common to many Canadians about dangers posed by unilateral government.

We Must Improve the Canada Pension Plan

Ken Georgetti | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada Business
Ken Georgetti

Given 25 years of stagnant wages for middle-income earners and real wage decreases for lower-income earners, it's not surprising how difficult it is for people to save. Canadians have a low, and declining rate of saving, with some people using their Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) as unemployment insurance programs.

Bill C-377 a.k.a. The Expensive, Unfair to Unions Bill

Ken Georgetti | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

The Conservative government has a disturbing habit of introducing significant changes to Canadian public policy by sleight of hand. Bill C-377 would force every labour organization in Canada to file detailed financial information. It is more about helping employers, the Conservative Party and special interest groups with close ties to them. If passed, Bill C-377 will tip the balance of labour relations in Canada.

Timmies Exploiting Foreign Workers?

CBC | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada Business

Erik Flores came to Canada full of optimism that his new job at a Tim Hortons franchise near Regina would open doors to a "beautiful life." ...

This Labour Day, Consider the Union Advantage

Ken Georgetti | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

On Labour Day we celebrate the many contributions of working people who helped to build our country and its economy. Despite negative comments about unions from some business groups, we do make a positive difference in the health of our communities. Our research study highlights 29 separate communities across the country to show the benefits that unionized workers provide. In short, these communities are better places to work and live.