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Canada’s unions: urgent action needed to end Islamophobia, protect Muslim communities

January 29, 2023
On the second National Day of Remembrance of the Québec City Mosque Attack and Action…
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An economy rigged against workers could mean a ‘Winter of Discontent.’

January 26, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, as published in the The Globe…
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Bank of Canada’s eighth consecutive rate hike means workers will take another hit

January 25, 2023
Bruske: With inflation moderating, Bank of Canada has no excuse to further burden Canadians OTTAWA––Canada’s…
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Politicians must collaborate to find solutions for Canada’s struggling workers

January 24, 2023
Bruske: The choices facing decision-makers in the coming months will shape Canada for years to…
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Canada’s unions congratulate Magali Picard on historic FTQ presidential win

January 19, 2023
MONTRÉAL – Canada’s unions would like to congratulate Magali Picard on being the first woman…
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Beware of Premiers bearing promises of a quick health care fix

January 16, 2023
By Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and Patty Coates, President of the…
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Statement by the Canadian Labour Congress regarding the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

January 14, 2023
The Canadian Labour Congress has expressed its grave concerns about the allegations against Luca Visentini,…
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As we head into the holidays, Canadians are struggling after being hammered by aggressive interest rate hikes

December 21, 2022
Bruske: In 2023, Parliament needs to focus on the true causes of inflation and address…
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Statement from Bea Bruske on the mass shooting in Vaughan, Ontario

December 19, 2022
Canada’s unions are shocked and horrified to hear of the tragic mass shooting in Vaughan on…
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International Migrants Day: Canada must do more to help undocumented people secure their rights

December 18, 2022
Canada’s unions are urging the federal government to be ambitious in developing an inclusive and…
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Canada’s unions are lifting everyone up

December 15, 2022
Bruske: As Parliament adjourns, we celebrate progress made and gear up to fight even harder…
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The Bank’s forgotten mandate: Support maximum sustainable employment

December 13, 2022
BRUSKE: More balanced economic policies needed to avoid devastating job losses OTTAWA –– A year…
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Canada’s unions: hate and racism cannot continue to go unchecked

December 10, 2022
Canada’s unions have long brought workers together in solidarity and unity to carry on the…
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Premiers and PM must get health deal done

December 9, 2022
BRUSKE: Political bickering must be replaced with all-hands-on-deck urgency to save kids’ lives OTTAWA––Canada faces…
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New child care legislation includes important commitment to non-profit child care and a qualified and well-supported workforce

December 8, 2022
Bruske: We welcome new child care legislation and will fight to strengthen it as it…
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Missed opportunity to push pause on rate hikes and put people first

December 7, 2022
BRUSKE: We should do everything we can to avoid job losses and a painful recession…
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Bea Bruske: Bank of Canada should pause rate hikes now to avert a manufactured recession

December 6, 2022
By Bea Bruske, as published in the Financial Times. Bank risks substantially weakening our economy,…
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It’s time to commit to ending gender-based violence and say never again!

December 6, 2022
Every year on December 6th people across Canada remember the 14 women who were murdered…
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Canada’s unions call for fast-tracking of Canada Disability Benefit

December 3, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking the International Day for Persons with Disabilities by renewing the call…
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Sylvain Le May – Winner of the 2022 Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award

December 2, 2022
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities—which aims to promote awareness and…
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It’s time to end gender-based violence at work

December 2, 2022
A call centre worker receives a torrent of verbal abuse while helping a customer. A…
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Canada’s unions applaud the introduction of federal paid sick leave

December 1, 2022
Bruske: Thousands of workers in federally-regulated workplaces will benefit; now we need paid sick leave…
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On November 25th – Canada’s unions are raising awareness on Gender-Based Violence at Work

November 25, 2022
Every day in Canada women, two-spirit, trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming workers face life-threatening violence…
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Unions welcome new protections for workers’ pensions

November 23, 2022
Bruske: Senate must now act quickly to pass Bill C-228 and safeguard the hard-earned pensions…
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Canada’s unions on COP27: Some wins, but we have our work cut out for us

November 21, 2022
The COP27 negotiations in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, delivered some important wins but highlighted that, more…
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Bank of Canada’s continuous rate hike is not slowing down inflation

November 17, 2022
Bruske: It’s time to address the true causes of current inflation, protect Canadians against its…
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Trans workers disproportionately impacted by harassment, violence at work

November 13, 2022
Canada’s unions are calling attention to the alarming results from the recent national survey on…
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Statement from Larry Rousseau: Meaningful investments and a seat at the table for workers essential for decarbonization

November 5, 2022
Larry Rousseau, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released this statement ahead of COP27:…
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Statement by Bea Bruske: Ford’s use of notwithstanding clause is a full-on violation of workers’ rights

November 3, 2022
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement in solidarity with…
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Fall economic statement: Canada’s unions welcome new investments

November 3, 2022
Bruske: We are happy to finally see this government move toward a more sustainable future.…
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Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske available to speak on fall economic update

November 2, 2022
OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, is available to talk about what the…
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Statement by Bea Bruske: Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with CUPE Ontario education workers in the face of Ford’s legislative attacks

November 1, 2022
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement in support of…
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Bank of Canada determined to push the economy into a recession, no matter the impact on Canadians

October 25, 2022
Bruske: Workers cannot keep paying the price the Bank of Canada is imposing. A recession would…
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New report urges rate hike pause to save workers’ jobs

October 19, 2022
Economic report from Canadian Labour Congress and the Centre for Future Work proposes alternatives to…
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Workers push back, demand decent work from decision-makers

October 7, 2022
As the global community marks World Day for Decent Work, workers around the world are…
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Political leaders must work together and fast-track Bill C-22 on Disability Benefits

October 3, 2022
Canada’s unions are urging MPs from all parties to come together in support of Bill…
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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation: A day for meaningful action and solidarity

September 30, 2022
Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to mark the National Day for Truth…
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Grocery greedflation leaves families paying more for food

September 28, 2022
Bruske: Corporate concentration drives up food prices as a few companies occupy an outsized market…
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Statement by Bea Bruske: We must work to avoid a recession that would put many working families at risk

September 23, 2022
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement after meeting between…
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To achieve gender equality, Canada’s decision makers must prioritize investments in care

September 22, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking Gender Equality Week by calling on the federal government to reduce…
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Parliament must act urgently to make sure workers aren’t left behind

September 21, 2022
Bruske: MPs must extend temporary help to unemployed workers and act swiftly to permanently fix…
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Politicians must put aside the rhetoric and fix the affordability crisis

September 20, 2022
Bruske: MPs must work together to help families in need and clamp down on corporate…
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Equal pay for work of equal value: it’s long past the time for employers and governments to get it right on pay equity

September 18, 2022
Canada’s unions are calling on governments around the world, at all levels, to take urgent…
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Labour 20 recommendations to G20 Labour and Employment Ministers

September 14, 2022
In advance of a meeting of the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers held in Bali,…
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Canada’s unions welcome inflation relief

September 13, 2022
Bruske: Liberal and New Democrat cooperation will help families weather this affordability crisis OTTAWA ––…
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Poilievre and the Conservatives can’t be trusted to stand up for workers

September 11, 2022
Bruske: Poilievre loud on rhetoric, but silent on his real agenda OTTAWA––With his lengthy anti-worker…
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Rising interest rates mean families suffer another hit in the pocketbook

September 7, 2022
Bruske: With Parliament set to return, decision makers must put Main Street, not Bay Street,…
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A path to the middle class for millions of workers

September 6, 2022
By Bea Bruske, as published in The Province If you appreciate having weekends, a forty-hour…
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Unions pave path to the middle class for millions of Canadians

September 5, 2022
Bruske: Growing momentum for workers to demand better OTTAWA–Canada’s unions are marking Labour Day by…
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Labour Day: Worker power is key to a stronger middle class

August 31, 2022
(TORONTO) Canada’s unions are encouraging workers to reclaim their power and stand up to employers…
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Despite slowing inflation, prices still rising faster than wages

August 16, 2022
Bruske: Government should tax corporate profiteers to pay for extending expiring EI measures OTTAWA––Improving inflation…
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Progress towards a world of work free of violence and harassment

August 11, 2022
Bruske: Now we must turn to the hard work of implementing this landmark international agreement…
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Bruske to PM: Work with premiers to fix Canada’s crumbling care system

August 10, 2022
As families face shuttered emergency rooms, governments must act now so people can get the…
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Bank of Canada governor should stay in his lane and not undermine collective bargaining

August 2, 2022
It isn’t the 1970s; evidence does not point to a wage-price spiral. So why is…
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Governments must help families facing economic precipice

July 28, 2022
Bruske: Mounting evidence of low-income families at grave risk from inflation crisis must be wake-up…
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Canada’s unions welcome today’s B.C. court’s decision in Cambie case

July 15, 2022
Bruske: Now is the time to strengthen our public health care system OTTAWA –Canada’s unions…
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Canada’s unions welcome Premiers’ call for more federal health investment – but demand greater accountability

July 12, 2022
VICTORIA––Canada’s unions welcomed the Council of the Federation’s call for increased federal health transfers but…
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Canada’s unions to engage Premiers at the Council of the Federation on strengthening public health care

July 7, 2022
OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, will be available to talk about next…
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Bea Bruske: John Horgan is a true friend to working people

June 28, 2022
OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement: “Canada’s unions thank…
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Bea Bruske: Canada’s unions express solidarity and demand action on reproductive rights

June 24, 2022
OTTAWA–– Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement: “Today, the…
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Indigenous Peoples Day 2022: Honouring Indigenous cultures on June 21 and beyond

June 21, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking Indigenous Peoples Day by standing in support and solidarity with First…
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Canada’s unions: Urgent action needed to help families through the inflation crisis

June 16, 2022
OTTAWA – Day-to-day prices on essentials are surging, interest rates soaring and rents are reaching…
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June 16 is International Domestic Workers’ Day

June 16, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking International Domestic Workers’ Day by calling on the federal government to…
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Canada’s unions welcome cross-party collaboration on the Pension Protection Act – Bill C-228

June 14, 2022
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions welcome the cross-party collaboration of New Democrat, Bloc and Conservative MPs,…
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Canada’s unions celebrate B.C. card check law to empower workers

June 3, 2022
Bruske: It’s about fairness. Premier Horgan’s government enacts critical law to support working people VICTORIA,…
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Canada’s unions welcome disability benefit bill

June 2, 2022
Bruske: Now let’s get this bill passed quickly – and help end disability poverty OTTAWA…
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Together, let’s move #ForwardWithPride!

May 30, 2022
In Canada and around the world, 2SLGBTQI people are facing a rising tide of hatred,…
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Canada’s unions call for fast-tracking of Canada Disability Benefit

May 28, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) by calling on the federal government to…
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Canadians can’t afford for-profit long-term care

May 19, 2022
Bruske: It’s time to get the profit out of care OTTAWA –– A new report…
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IDAHOTB: Canada’s unions call for an end to violence and harassment

May 17, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) by calling…
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Conservatives refuse to talk lagging wages instead push low-wage austerity agenda

May 16, 2022
Bruske: As wages lag far behind inflation, Conservative leadership candidates ignore struggling workers. OTTAWA –…
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Bruske to German Chancellor and the G7: Turn from ambition to action on climate and just transition

May 11, 2022
Bruske: We must not trade good jobs for low-quality, precarious work as we accelerate progress…
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Honour Westray. Enforce the law.

May 9, 2022
May 9, 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Westray mine explosion that killed 26…
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Turn minimum wages into living wages and index to inflation

May 6, 2022
Bruske: StatCan numbers show markets aren’t delivering fair wages – governments must take action OTTAWA…
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Canada’s unions: Protect our public institutions

May 3, 2022
Canada’s unions are asking the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry to ensure no other…
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Workers welcome wins in budget bill

May 2, 2022
Bruske: Canada’s unions welcome progress on key issues, but there’s more work to do on…
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Celebrate May Day the best way possible: organize!

May 1, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking May Day by standing in solidarity with workers around the world,…
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Asian Heritage Month: Canada must do more to eliminate anti-Asian racism

April 30, 2022
As Canada prepares to mark Asian Heritage Month in May, anti-Asian racism and xenophobia have…
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Canada’s unions celebrate end to discriminatory blood donation policy

April 28, 2022
Bruske: Long-awaited victory for 2SLGBTQI advocates OTTAWA –– After waiting three decades, Canada’s unions welcome…
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Work shouldn’t hurt: workplace health and safety rights should be fundamental

April 28, 2022
Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to take swift action on workplace health…
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Building a low-wage economy with stomach-churning greed

April 26, 2022
Bruske: Minimum wage employees being replaced by offshore workers making $3.75 an hour will hurt workers…
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Helping families facing affordability squeeze must be MPs’ job one

April 25, 2022
Bruske: As Parliament returns, Canada’s unions urge MPs to back workers and reject the push…
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Making Global Supply Chains Safe for Workers: Nine Years after the Rana Plaza Collapse

April 24, 2022
April 24th marks the anniversary of one of the world’s worst and avoidable industrial accidents. Rana…
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Government must not break their promise and leave Canadians paying sky-high drug costs

April 14, 2022
Canada’s unions are troubled about the government’s decision late today, to reverse course on changes…
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Rising interest rates and record inflation creating perfect storm of unaffordability

April 13, 2022
Bruske: With the cost of everything – even debt – rising fast, we must fight…
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Labour 7 statement to the G7 Leaders’ Summit 2022

April 12, 2022
The 2022 Labour 7 summit “Shaping the Global Common Good” will take place in Berlin…
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Budget 2022: Progress on building a new and better normal

April 7, 2022
Bruske: Federal budget shows that when parties work together, everyday people benefit OTTAWA – Canada’s…
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BC government move to card check certification a win for workers

April 6, 2022
Canada’s unions welcome today’s move by the BC government to return to automatic certification in…
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Canada at an Economic Crossroads: A Better Normal or Settling for Worse?

April 6, 2022
By Bea Bruske, as published in National Newswatch With the federal budget just a day…
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Top 10 things unions and working people are looking for in Budget 2022

April 4, 2022
  OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to focus on the…
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Canadian Labour Congress’ President Bea Bruske available to react to Budget 2022

March 31, 2022
OTTAWA – Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, will be available to talk…
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Hope and optimism shines through the grey fog of Ottawa politics

March 30, 2022
By Bea Bruske, as published in The Hill Times We saw a refreshing ray of…
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National survey reports widespread harassment and violence in workplaces

March 30, 2022
Today the CLC and its research partners are releasing the initial findings of a national…
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Canada’s unions welcome long-delayed Ontario child care deal

March 28, 2022
Bruske: As struggling parents heave a sigh of a relief, now we must make sure…
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Canada’s unions welcome new health funding – now make it permanent

March 25, 2022
OTTAWA – Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, made the following statement today…
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Canada’s unions welcome landmark agreement between Liberals and New Democrats on a progressive agenda for Canada

March 22, 2022
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions celebrate today’s historic agreement between the Government and the NDP and…
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Hearts & minds of activists to galvanize national convention of retirees

September 18, 2018
With a Federal election nearly one year away delegates from throughout the country are now…
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Don Wright honoured with CURC Award

March 13, 2014
Don Wright, a founding member of the Toronto and York Area Council of CURC received…
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Ed Broadbent on Unions and Inequality

December 20, 2013
By Ed Broadbent Editor’s note: the following are notes for a speech by Ed Broadbent…
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Ed Broadbent sur les syndicats et les inégalités

November 22, 2013
Par Ed Broadbent Note du rédacteur : Le texte qui suit est la traduction d’un…
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Le plus important congrès dans l’histoire de l’ASRC

November 5, 2013
L’Association des syndicalistes à la retraite du Canada a marqué son 20e anniversaire en organisant…
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CURC holds largest ever convention

November 5, 2013
The Congress of Union Retirees of Canada marked its 20th Anniversary with its largest convention…
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Les syndicalistes à la retraite se réunissent en préparation aux prochaines élections fédérales

October 18, 2013
À l’occasion de la onzième Assemblée statutaire de l’Association des syndicalistes à la retraite du…
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Union retirees meet to talk election issues

October 18, 2013
Union retirees from across Canada will talk about the issues facing retirees and senior citizens…
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Une formule novatrice permet à tous de participer au débat

October 14, 2011
C’est une formule qui n’a pas souvent été mise à l’essai dans le mouvement syndical,…
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L’ASRC adopte des résolutions qui traitent de certaines préoccupations des retraités

October 14, 2011
Des résolutions adoptées dans le cadre du 10e congrès constitutionnel de l’ASRC ont abordé un large…
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Lorsqu’une entreprise déclare faillite, ce sont souvent les travailleurs qui en paient le gros prix

October 14, 2011
Trois conférenciers différents ont présenté deux approches à la perte de prestations de retraite et…
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CURC commits to continuing pension fight

October 14, 2011
CURC will continue to fight for fair pensions for all Canadians, more than 100 delegates…
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CURC resolutions address retiree concerns

October 14, 2011
Resolutions passed at CURC’s 10th Constitutional Convention addressed a wide range of retiree concerns. Submitted…
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Innovative technique gets everyone involved in debate

October 14, 2011
It’s a technique that hasn’t often been tried in the labour movement, but it’s one…
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Pensioners bear the brunt of corporate bankruptcy

October 14, 2011
When a company goes bankrupt, it’s often workers who are left in the lurch. Three…
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Les conservateurs choisissent de financer les réductions d’impôts des entreprises sur le dos des aînés vivant sous le seuil de la pauvreté

October 13, 2011
Un montant équivalant à 10 % des réductions d’impôts consenties aux entreprises annoncées par le gouvernement…
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Buchanan présente un plan détaillé pour les conseils régionaux

October 13, 2011
La force et la pertinence de l’ASRC se manifestent à l’échelle locale et c’est à…
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L’ASRC s’engage à continuer de se battre pour les pensions

October 13, 2011
L’ASRC continuera de se battre pour assurer des pensions équitables à tous les Canadiens, conformément…
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« Le CTC n’abandonnera pas la lutte pour de meilleures pensions » – Yussuff

October 13, 2011
Le Congrès du travail du Canada sollicite l’aide de l’ASRC pour remporter la lutte pour…
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Selon Pat Kerwin, le Canada a besoin de syndicalistes retraités actifs plus que jamais

October 13, 2011
La crise des pensions et le nouveau défi des soins à domicile figurent parmi les…
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Les délégués rendent de vibrants hommages à Layton, Wagg et Riche

October 13, 2011
Les dirigeants et les délégués de l’ASRC ont rendu de vibrants hommages à Jack Layton,…
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Le groupe d’experts sur les soins à domicile fait valoir l’importance de lutter pour un système public

October 13, 2011
Le maintien à domicile est un des facteurs les plus importants pour assurer la qualité…
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Home-care panel urges fight for public system

October 13, 2011
Being able to live at home is one of the most important determinants of the…
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Canada needs active union retirees more than ever: Kerwin

October 13, 2011
The pension crisis and the coming challenge of home care are among many reasons union…
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Tories fund corporate tax cuts with seniors’ poverty

October 13, 2011
An amount equal to 10% of the corporate tax giveaways announced by the Harper government…
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Buchanan delivers blueprint for area councils

October 13, 2011
The strength and relevance of CURC is at the local level and that’s where we…
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CLC won’t give up on pension fight: Yussuff

October 13, 2011
The Canadian Labour Congress needs CURC’s help to win the fight for better pensions, and…
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Delegates pay moving tribute to Layton, Wagg, Riche

October 13, 2011
CURC officers and delegates paid moving tributes to Jack Layton, former CURC President Larry Wagg…
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Open Letter to the Prime Minister: Stop “Evergreening” to Accelerate Access to Non-Patented Drugs

October 1, 2004
Dear First Ministers: RE: Stop “Evergreening” to Accelerate Access to Non-Patented Drugs While the recently…
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