Extend Special EI Measures, Support Laid-Off Workers!
The Employment Insurance (EI) program is of critical importance to working Canadians, particularly in the face of the current economic recession.
At present there are some very specific elements of EI in Canada that are either under consideration by Canadian Members of Parliament or facing elimination. These elements, listed under non-descript labels such as EI pilot projects 11 and 12, and Bill C-10, include:
A provision that allows workers to receive benefits under EI for an extra five weeks. This measure is included as part of the economic stimulus measures listed under Bill C-10.
Project #11, that currently allows workers to use their best 14 weeks of employment on which to base their EI claim. This project, scheduled to end for new claims after Oct. 23, 2010, provides crucial support for workers in 25 different regions in Canada where unemployment is eight per cent or higher.
Project #12, which currently allows workers to earn 40 per cent of their rate while on an EI claim. This project is slated to end Dec. 4, 2010.
Additionally, there is a need for a longer tenure worker extension, to continue the pilot project using 840 hours for new or re-entrants, EI training benefits and EI work sharing flexibility.
The CAW and the FFAW are current campaigning for the federal government to act immediately to extend these budget measures and EI pilot projects to ensure vital EI support for laid-off workers remains intact across the country.
You can help with this vital campaign!
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