Good Jobs for All Coalition

March 24, 2009 15:28 ET

Media Advisory-Photo Opportunity: Fix EI Rally at Dufferin Mall on Wednesday

Hiring more staff that will be forced to turn down applications because the Harper government has not fixed flawed EI rules is insufficient

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 24, 2009) - On Wednesday morning, the Good Jobs for All Coalition - an alliance of more than 35 community, labour and student groups representing people throughout the Greater Toronto Area - will rally outside of an Employment Insurance (EI) office at the Dufferin Mall.

EVENT: Good Jobs for All Coalition's Rally for EI Repair

DATE: Wednesday, March 25, 2009

TIME: 11:00 a.m. ET

LOCATION: Service Canada Centre
Dufferin Mall, Suite 0001, 900 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON
(west side of street, south of Bloor Street)

At demonstrations organized by the Good Jobs For All Coalition on March 5 in Toronto and March 16 in Scarborough, hundreds of laid-off workers and their supporters called for the Harper government and Parliament to immediately:

- set 360 hours-worked as the threshold to qualify for EI in all regions in order to ensure that more of the unemployed get the benefits they've paid for;

- and restore benefits to at least 60 per cent of the best 12 weeks of earnings in order to prevent more families from living in poverty.

Expected to speak at the rally at Dufferin Mall on Wednesday are:

unemployed workers who are experiencing the problems created by the broken EI system;

Robert Thorpe, Parkdale Community Foodbank;

Carolyn Egan, United Steelworkers; and

Chris Ramsaroop, Parkdale Community Legal Services.

In January, community members and labour representatives sent a pre-budget message to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty about the urgent need to repair the EI program. Since then, the Harper government has done nothing to ensure that more of the unemployed are getting the unemployment insurance benefits they paid for.

Contact Information

  • Good Jobs For All Coalition
    Ken Marciniec
    Communications Coordinator
    Toronto and York Region Labour Council
    John Cartwright