Join the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Good Jobs For All Coalition, and Working Green 2050 for a special forum – Climate Justice: What Should nadian Just Transition Look Like? happening Wednesday, June 23 at 7:30 pm. During this 90-minute forum, Labour Council president Andria Babbington and special guests will discuss what a just transition for nada looks like.
- Merv King: Algonquin activist, coordinator of Injured Workers Program
- Steve Shallhorn: Working Green 2050
- Meg Gingrich: Assistant to National President, Steelworkers
labourcouncil.ca/justtransitionforum | PDF poster
On April 8, 2021, the Good Jobs for All Coalition joined with 75 community and labour organizations from across nada in signing on to a brief to the HUMA Parliamentary Committee for its study of EI. The brief “Employment Insurance for the 21st Century: How Do We Make E.I. Work for Workers?” was submitted by the Inter-provincial EI Working Group and makes 15 recommendations focused on:
- Better EI Financing,
- Better EI Access for More Workers,
- Better EI Benefits and
- Better Supports and Access to Justice for EI Claimants.
On April 22, Pam Frache of the Workers Action Centre spoke to the brief during the HUMA hearings (15:43:22 time mark).
Cross-nada Statement lls on Government to Extend Recovery and EI Benefits, and Make Lasting Reforms
CRB-EI Extension and Reform – English
PCRE-d’assurance emploi – Fran?ais
This summer raised our awareness of COVID-19 hot spots in Toronto. Watch this Good Jobs For All video from a July 2020 forum for presentations that show the enormity of the issues facing racialized communities in Toronto as a result of the pandemic.
Thank you to Jennifer Yang (Toronto Star), Aleem Tharani (ATU 113), Nigel Barriffe (Urban Alliance Race Relations), Cheryl Prescod (Black Creek Community Health Centre) and Alejandra Ruis Vargas (ACORN) for participating in the panel discussion.
The Transition – Post CERB Benefits and EI.
Take a look at this presentation about how the transition is expected to happen. It is a joint project of the GJFA EI Working Group and the Ontario Legal Aid Clinics EI Working Group.
Good Jobs For All and Labour Council’s Climate Justice Network are pleased to invite you to a public online forum on a Job-Rich Transition to a rbon Neutral Future For All. This will be a participatory event where you n help develop a labour-community perspective to shape our governments’ plans for a green economic recovery that works for everyone.
For more information and to register, please go to labourcouncil.ca/greenjobsforum
Building a New Unemployment Insurance System
Among other things, COVID-19 put a spotlight on long-standing shortcomings of nada’s EI system. Good Jobs for All’s EI Working Group worked hard to address the immediate needs of workers affected by the health and economic crisis (see April 13 and March 9 postings).
Now, the Working Group has identified proposals for rebuilding EI in the immediate and longer term. These include:
- Waiving qualifying hours
- Eliminating disqualifition for those who quit “voluntarily” during the pandemic
- Adjusting Work Sharing as a tool for a phased return to work
- EI and EI-CERB costs must be assigned to general revenues, not EI
- Many more elements
Please read Building a New Unemployment Insurance System for details.
Support the ll for change! Write to your MP; the Hon. rla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion; and to the Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Chair, binet Committee on the federal response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
GJFA’s EI Working Group
Good Jobs For All’s EI Working Group has worked hard to shape nada’s approach to supporting workers affected by the pandemic. The EI Working Group, along with partners such as West Srborough Community Legal Services, was responsible for many recent victories regarding income support by the federal government including the following:
- Waiving the one week waiting period for people collecting EI Sick Benefits
- Removing the requirement for a medil note
- Creating a new benefit for those who are ineligible for EI, including workers without enough hours (lled the nada Emergency Response Benefit or CERB)
- Setting a higher rate for the CERB
- Reducing complexity
- Speeding up the applition and payment processes
For information about applying for the CERB visit nada.
To help people navigate through the system as well as deal with other COVID-19 issues, take a look at the following documents and YouTube videos from West Srborough Community Legal Services (and subscribe to the channel so you get information about new videos):
Labour Council also has related information on its website:
Good Jobs For All joined over 100 organizations lling on Ontario’s government to ensure adequate income support for low-income Ontarians during this crisis.
Read the letter here.
GJFA has made a submission to Waterfront Toronto during the recent round of consultations on Sidewalk’s proposal for the Quayside project. The submission, prepared by GJFA’s Sub-Committee, notes that Waterfront’s Quayside project will be built in a post-COVID world, a world struggling to recover from the grip of a major health, social and economic crisis.
The Sub-Committee importantly pointed out that Quayside will now be a testbed for the lessons that we are learning in this pandemic about community life and the importance of active government policy, public services, social programs and mutual support. Quayside will need to sketch out the contours of a post-COVID city. To achieve that goal requires a different starting point and a different plan than the one provided by Sidewalk Labs.
It is a great read! Take a look at the submission here.