Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

September 03, 2009 11:57 ET

Media Advisory/Employment Statistics: CLC President, Chief Economist Available for Comment

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2009) - When Statistics Canada releases its monthly Labour Force Survey on Friday, September 4, Canadian Labour Congress senior economist Sylvain Schetagne will be available by telephone for comment on the numbers and their significance. He is a specialist regarding the Canadian labour market.

CLC President Ken Georgetti will be available for comment from Vancouver.

There were 1.6 million unemployed men and women in Canada as of July 2009, but only 52% of them are receiving Employment Insurance benefits. Changes made to EI year-after-year by the federal government have made it more difficult for laid- off workers to qualify for benefits that they have paid for through their premiums. The CLC along with its affiliate unions and local labour councils, is fighting to make EI accessible to all workers who need it.

WHAT: Analysis of August 2009 Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey

WHEN: Friday, September 4, 2009

WHO: Ken Georgetti, CLC President
Sylvain Schetagne, CLC Senior Economist

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

  • Canadian Labour Congress
    Sylvain Schetagne
    Senior Economist
    Canadian Labour Congress
    Dennis Gruending
    Cell: 613-878-6040