COVID-19

Letter to banks from CLC President Hassan Yussuff

To: Members of the CLC Canadian Council Labour Council Presidents Greetings: I am following up on my letter from yesterday about the targeted campaign the Canadian Labour Congress has launched to call on the big banks and credit card companies to help struggling families by significantly reducing credit card interest rates. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread anxiety among Canadians about their health and economic security. We’re all making

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan (Federal Government)

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. Support for individuals Support for individuals and families Increasing the Canada Child Benefit Special Goods and Services Tax credit payment Extra time to file income tax returns Mortgage support Support for people facing unemployment The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Apply

GVP Pickthall's letter to Calin Rovinescu, CEO of Air Canada

March 31, 2020 Air Canada 7373 Côte Vertu West St. Laurent, QC H4S 1Z3 Attention: Calin Rovinescu, Chief Executive Officer Sent by email Dear Mr. Rovinescu: I am the General Vice President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, representing some 50,000 IAM members across the country, many thousands of whom are employees of Air Canada. I am writing to urge you to take advantage of the newly

Canada Emergency Response Benefit- Things to Know

Over the last couple of weeks the federal government has made announcements about benefits available through the EI program for workers. Until recently, workers could access, in addition to regular benefits, the EI Sickness Benefit and the Emergency Care Benefit. These two programs have now been merged into the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be available April 6, 2020, and for 16 weeks all new

Stan Pickthall's Letter to Mr. Bernard Fishbein, Protecting our right to organize

March 30, 2020 Sent via email: bernard.fishbein@ontario.ca Mr. Bernard Fishbein, Chair Ontario Labour Relations Board 505 University Avenue, 2nd Floor Toronto, ON  M5G 2P1 Dear Mr. Fishbein: Re:        Contini Letter Dated March 25 (Certification Applications During COVID-19 Crisis) I write to you on behalf of the members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers in Ontario and across Canada. We join the Ontario Federation of Labour and the

COVID-19 Guidance for the Canadian Aviation Industry

Background The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is the lead Federal agency responsible for coordinating efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Transport Canada (TC) has collaborated with PHAC to provide the Canadian aviation industry with guidance to protect crew members when operating in areas with known or suspected community transmission of COVID-19. Refer to: travel.gc.ca for countries with a Travel Advisory of Level 2 or higher; and, World Health

Canada’s Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2020 Press Release Canada’s Unions deliver clear priorities for federal airline relief package OTTAWA – Today, Canada’s airline unions met with the Minister of Finance and Minister of Transportation to share the concerns of aviation industry workers and to provide solutions to ensuring the sector’s viability. Chief among their priorities is to ensure that any federal financial aid package responds to the needs of workers

#PhysicalDistancing - Three tweets from Dr. Teresa Tam, The Chief Public Health Office

Dr. Teresa Tam, the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada is suggesting a more accurate term to use in these times of crisis. Words are important because they can also dictate our behaviour. 1/3 Ok Canada, you said it #PhysicalDistancing is the new #SocialDistancing! We need to ↑ physical distance but NOT ↓ our virtual social interactions. Therefore, going forward I will be using #PhysicalDistancing. #COVID19 #TogetherApart 2/3 Practice #PhysicalDistancing