CUPE is fighting recent changes to Canada’s Employment Insurance program by the Conservative government. Employment Insurance is supposed to be insurance for unemployed Canadians. But today, fewer than 40 per cent of unemployed workers qualify.
As a result of the Conservative government’s unilateral changes, it has become even harder to qualify for Employment Insurance, especially for seasonal workers like those who work for many municipalities and school boards.
These EI changes will hurt the local economy and will hurt working people. CUPE will continue to work with locals, activists, the broader labour movement and allies to bring about progressive changes to EI that support unemployed Canadians.