Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

November 02, 2009 14:39 ET

Media Advisory/Barbara Byers to Appear at Human Resources Committee: CLC Supports Bill to Reform Employment Insurance

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2009) - Barbara Byers, Canadian Labour Congress Executive Vice-President, will appear before the Standing Committee on Human Resources, regarding Bill C-280, a Private Members Bill that would reform Employment Insurance.

Byers will urge Parliamentarians to support Bill C-280, which, if passed, would result in improved access to EI and increase benefits. The CLC continues to call upon Ottawa to reform EI by providing regular EI benefits on the basis of 360 hours of work, no matter where people live and work in Canada; extending benefits to at least 50 weeks in all regions of the country; and raising benefits immediately to 60% of earnings calculated on a worker's best 12 weeks of earnings.

WHO: Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President
Canadian Labour Congress

WHAT: Standing Committee on Human Resources, regarding Bill C-280, An
Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (qualification for and
entitlement to benefits).

WHERE: Room 308, West Block, Parliament Hill

WHEN: Tuesday, November 3, 2009
from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3.2 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 130 district labour councils. Web site:

Contact Information

  • CLC Communications
    Dennis Gruending
    613-878-6040 (cell.)