A strong EI program is vital to strengthen our economy and our communities
Featuring interviews with Avalon MP Scott Andrews about the ‘Fair Elections Act’, CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas about federal Employment Insurance legislation, and Denise Cole of the Labrador Safe Alliance, Robyn Noseworthy from The ‘Out’port Magazine and St. John’s Pride Inc. President Taylor Stocks on how educated and accepting we are of gender equality and LGBTQ rights in Newfoundland & Labrador
The system does need reforms – but not necessarily the ones proposed. Those on both sides need to start thinking sensibly, not just ideologically.
“An administrative assistant laid off in Corner Brook, Nfld., who worked as little as 10 weeks will pocket $468 a week for 45 weeks – the maximum – for a total of about $21,000. A comparable worker in Saskatoon would have to have put in about 18 weeks and could earn benefits for only 36 weeks, or a total of $16,848.” The Globe and Mail is highlighting a report from the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation at the University of Toronto which says that the $22-billion EI system is out of step with the modern workplace, not to mention unfair. “Newfoundland recoups about $5 in benefits for every $1 it puts in. Ontarians get about 60 cents.” Source: The Globe and Mail
An editorial from The Star is calling on Stephen Harper and his Conservatives to bring on EI system reforms, spurred on by recent news that the Canadian economy lost 54,000 jobs in last month. The paper cites unfairness in the system, saying that Ontario – despite carrying much of the burden of the economy’s downturn in Canada, and now being a “have-not” province – is still recognized by the system as a “low unemployment” region. This means that workers in Ontario who have lost their jobs are not treated the same as those in Newfoundland and Labrador who, along with those in the Maritime provinces, have greater access to the programs. Despite the news of lost jobs nationally, Newfoundland and Labrador created jobs during the same timeframe. Source: The Star
Stats Canada is reporting that EI claims across the country have decreased by 4.4% in July, which is now the largest of 10 straight months of declines. But the news isn’t good for Newfoundland and Labrador which – despite leading the country in several growth indicators – was the only province in Canada to see its EI rate increase. Our province saw claims rise by 1.2%, marking its second consecutive monthly increase. To see more detailed results, which are seasonally adjusted, click the link below. Source: Statistics Canada