Canadian Labour Congress

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Are Unions On The Way Out Or Up?

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - Labour historian Mark Leier has an interesting perspective this Labour Day weekend on anti-union rhetoric and the prospect of a post-unionize...

Part 2: Hudak and Harper Attempt to Silence their Critics

Sid Ryan | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

Stripped to its core, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak's vision is not about "modernizing" the labour market in the interests of prosperity for all. He seeks to usher in an era of permanent uncertainty for all working people to the overwhelming benefit of corporations. To accomplish this task, Hudak must neutralize his opponents in every possible arena, from the workplace to elections.

Rachel Mendleson

For This Group, Canada’s Recession Never Ended

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 06.08.2012 | Canada Business

May marks the start of summer jobs season, making it an important time for young people looking for work. But according to the latest jobs report, las...

Canadians Don't Need to Die on the Job

Ken Georgetti | Posted 06.27.2012 | Canada
Ken Georgetti

Today, Canadians will observe a National Day of Mourning in memory of workers killed or injured on the job. Canada still has one of the highest rates of workplace deaths in the industrialized world, and one way we can save lives is to take seriously the Westray bill, which is rarely used.

Is There Really A Public Pension Crisis?

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - To hear the prime minister and his cabinet talk, Canada's public pension system is unsustainable and needs major repair — likely in the for...

Companies Using Tax Cuts To Hoard Cash: Canadian Labour Congress

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 01.25.2012 | Canada Business

The corporate tax cuts that were supposed to create new jobs have instead allowed companies to hoard cash, pay out larger dividends to shareholders an...

Rachel Mendleson

Mayor To Stephen Harper: 'Get Your A** Down Here'

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 01.23.2012 | Canada Business

UPDATE: The mayor of London, Ont,. is taking criticism from some corners after calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to "get [his] ass down here" d...

Rachel Mendleson

Priming A Revolution: Inside The Occupy Toronto Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Mendleson | Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada Business

It’s just before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, and about 100 people have gathered on the patch of grass next to Toronto’s busy Bloor Street. As they gree...