It was a blue Christmas for many Canadian workers and job-seekers. Statistics Canada reported today that employment fell by 46,000 in December.
As a result, Canada’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.2%. Also today, the US Department of Labor reported that the American unemployment rate fell to 6.7% in December.
Taking account of national differences in how these rates are calculated, unemployment is actually still a bit higher in the US. But the notion that Canada has a stronger job market than the US now rests on very thin ice. ...Read more
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Last week, the CCPA revealed that the top 100 CEOs in Canada earn, on average, $7.96 million a year – or 171 times more than the average Canadian worker. That’s also 373 times more than an Ontarian earning the minimum wage.
To put that in perspective, the Top 100 CEOs earn in one hour[i] what a minimum wage worker will earn in 6.5 weeks. But there is one big caveat to this analysis – that minimum wage worker must be lucky enough to have a job that consistently offers 40 hours per week, offers paid sick days and provides vacation pay. ...Read more
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Imagine finding $7.96 million in your stocking on Christmas morning. For Canada’s top 100 CEOs, that happy day has arrived. These 100 Canadians earn more than 99.9% of the working population of Canada. But if you are woman, odds are you are not on that lovely list. Not now, not ever.
It would take the average working age woman in Canada 235 years (or 85,778 days) to make as much as one of these CEOs makes in a single year. It would take a first-generation immigrant woman 268 years to do it.  Visible minority women and Aboriginal women would have to work the longest, at 273 years and 285 years respectively. ...Read more
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Ontario’s minimum wage has been frozen since 2010. It’s the second longest period minimum wage workers have gone without a raise since 1969.
Oftentimes discussions about how much and how often to raise the minimum wage get positioned in relation to potential harm to business: how much can businesses bear to pay for an hour of labour before they are negatively impacted? ...Read more
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The most recent Jobs Vacancy statistics are out, and the trend for 2013 so far has been a reduction in the number of job vacancies reported by businesses compared to 2012. The number of job vacancies reported by businesses fell by 41,000 between September 2012 and September 2013, so that even though there were fewer unemployed workers in September 2013, there were more unemployed workers per job vacancy. This has been true for every month in 2013 so far.
C’est clair, je n’utilise probablement pas les services postaux aussi souvent que je le pourrais. Cependant, je suis toujours contente de savoir qu’ils me sont accessibles si j’en ai besoin, peu importe où je me trouve et dans quelle situation financière personnelle je suis. J’apprécie aussi le fait qu’ils permettent à des femmes et des hommes d’avoir de bons emplois stables et des avantages sociaux, partout au pays.
La récente annonce de coupure de services faite par Poste Canada aura un impact important sur nos vies (pour certaines personnes plus que d’autres, pensons aux personnes âgées ou à mobilité réduite!). Cette annonce soulève des questions sur notre volonté collective d’avoir accès à des services universels et sur la lente érosion de nos institutions démocratiques qu’annonce ce changement majeur. ...Read more
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I admit it—I probably don’t use the post office as often as I could. But there’s no doubt I appreciate that it’s there when we all need it, regardless of our socioeconomic situation or location. I also appreciate the fact that it provides good, steady, well-paid employment with benefits to so many men and women across the country.
The recently-announced changes to Canada Post impact us all—and some more than others. But we should all be concerned about what it means for our national commitment to universality, and how it will further contribute to the slow erosion of our democratic institutions and sense of social cohesion. Especially when the justification for the radical restructuring of Canada Post relies on such weak arguments. ...Read more
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This piece was first published in the Globe & Mail.
In a move that caught everyone off-guard, Canada Post announced a five point “action plan” last week that included phasing-out home delivery of the mail over the next five years, making Canada the only G7 nation to do so. Why? To “protect taxpayers.”
Of all the reasons that merit discussion as to whether letter carriers belong to a redundant class of workers, like the milkman or iceman, taxpayer protection isn’t one. This Crown corporation is more likely to make money than lose it. ...Read more
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Canadians who value their deep history of universal postal service are reeling from the latest round of cuts to Canada Post: the end of door-to-door delivery service accompanied by a hike in postage stamp costs.
In other words, higher prices for less service – and it’s all part of “an aggressive restructuring strategy”.
The Globe and Mail reports that this would make Canada the only G7 country that doesn’t provide home mail delivery service in urban centres.
Also part of the “strategy”: a lot of job cuts. The frame the government is using, however, is that euphemistic term “attrition”. Canada Post plans to reduce up to 8,000 jobs through attrition. ...Read more
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Statistics Canada reported that employment grew by 22,000 in November. But 20,000 of those new jobs were part-time. The proportion of all Canadian jobs that are part-time rose to an even 19%.
Broken down another way, 19,000 of the employment increase were people reporting themselves as self-employed. Canadian employers actually hired fewer than 3,000 additional employees last month.
Part-time work and self-reported self-employment kept the official unemployment rate just under 7% for a third consecutive month, but hardly suggest a vibrant job market. ...Read more
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