Good Jobs for All Coalition

May 19, 2009 16:04 ET

Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity: Unemployed to Demonstrate at Conservative Cabinet Minister's Office

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - On Wednesday, unemployed workers will demonstrate outside of the constituency office of the only federal cabinet minister from Toronto at a rally organised by the Good Jobs for All Coalition - an alliance of more than 35 community, environmentalist, labour and student groups representing people throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

EVENT: Good Jobs for All Coalition's Demonstration to Fix EI

DATE: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TIME: 11:30 a.m. ET

LOCATION: Constituency Office of The Hon. Peter Kent,
7600 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON
(north of Steeles Avenue, south of John Street)

At demonstrations held by the Good Jobs For All Coalition throughout the spring, laid-off workers and their supporters called for the Harper government and minority Parliament to immediately:

- lower the qualifying threshold to 360 hours worked for everyone across the country;

- restore benefits to at least 60% of normal earnings using each worker's best 12 weeks;

- eliminate the two-week waiting period;

- increase the duration of benefits to 50 weeks in all regions;

- provide an additional year of "Special Extension" benefits, to be paid from the federal government's general revenues, if the national unemployment rate exceeds 6.5%; and

- suspend the allocation of severance pay.

The latest EI coverage data for February 2009 that was released by Statistics Canada on April 28, confirm that only 43% of unemployed people throughout Canada and less than one-third of unemployed Ontarians are receiving EI benefits. These coverage rates remain unchanged from December 2008, despite the fact that 107,000 full-time jobs were lost in Ontario alone during the same period.

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