Submission to the Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Committee

Improve income security for unemployed workers, and help hard-hit communities by introducing a uniform national entrance requirement of 360 hours for Employment Insurance; raising benefits from 55% to 60% of previous earnings; and extending benefits to at least 50 weeks in all regions.

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Thousands demonstrate in Toronto for Good Jobs

TORONTO—Thousands of unemployed, retired and concerned community members rallied in downtown Toronto on Saturday afternoon demanding that MPs use their last full week in Ottawa to fix Employment Insurance and take action to create good, long-term jobs.

“A plan for good, green jobs is the long-term solution,” said Winnie Ng, Co-chair of the Good Jobs for All Coalition. “In the next week, we need Michael Ignatieff to finally call the government’s bluff and fix EI because unemployment insurance is the most effective economic stabiliser and making it more accessible is the right thing to do. We’re calling on all MPs to work together to pass a bill that’s one vote away from delivering financial relief to thousands of families that have been thrown out of work through no fault of their own.” Continue reading Thousands demonstrate in Toronto for Good Jobs

A community-labour coalition