Decision Time on EI

acorncanada.org – listserve – Decision Time on EI
October 8, 2009

With politicians declaring to Canadians that the Recession is over, the Bank of Canada is reporting that “…the economy has continued to shed jobs (albeit at a slowing rate), average hours worked have fallen, and the unemployment rate has risen to its highest level in 11 years.”

Even worse, of the nearly 1.6 million out of work Canadians only about 45% qualify for Employment Insurance.  

Let’s send a message to the members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance that the next Federal Budget needs to fix EI to protect laid-off workers.  
Click below to take action:
http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/2749/c/4714/t/5097/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2992

ACORN Canada along with our friends at the Good Jobs for All coalition are calling for reforms that will:

* Reduce the number of hours to 360 so that more workers in the precarious job market can access EI.
* Increase the number of weeks people can receive EI to at least 50 weeks in all regions.
* Increase benefits to at least 60% of normal earnings, using workers’ 12 best weeks, and raise the maximum.

Click the link below to send a message to the Committee members:
http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/2749/c/4714/t/5097/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=2992

Employment Insurance is a key piece of Canada’s social safety net, and an important economic stabilizer.  In past decades EI support was deeper and longer, and EI reduced the shock of job losses on working families and their communities.

Now is the time to expand EI to protect workers, their families and vulnerable communities.

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