CAW UI Conference Calls for Extension of Pilot Projects and Benefits

June 9, 2010, 11:37 AM EST

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Over 90 delegates from CAW locals across Canada participated in this year's Unemployment Insurance Conference, May 28 -30 at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario. 

Delegates took part in workshops and plenary sessions, including presentations by Service Canada, Trish Blackstaffe, Employment Insurance (EI) Commissioner for Workers and National Representative Angelo DiCaro on precarious work and the link with EI entitlements.  Sharon Lupton from the London & Middlesex United Way Employment Services also played a big role in facilitating an Action Centre and Adjustment Committee workshop.

The weekend concluded with a mock appeal presented by CAW Council UI Committee members.

Delegates were very disturbed to learn the Federal Government plans to eliminate their $57.2 billion cumulative debt to the EI Account. This means that a newly established EI account will start in a deficit position following the recession.

Delegates called for an extension of EI pilot projects and budget spending on extended benefits that are scheduled to end in 2010, including those for "long tenure" workers.

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