Not good enough

EI changes panned by labour

The NDP may consider the government’s latest attempt at employment insurance reform a “very serious proposition,” but the Windsor Star reports that labour leaders in the hard-hit region don’t see much reason to celebrate. The Conservative proposal would temporarily extend benefits for longtime workers by up to 20 weeks, but local labour lawyer Marion Overhold told the Star that, since “many Windsor plants have been shut down for brief periods fairly regularly, it’s likely that very few area unemployed will qualify for these changes.” Sanja Maric, coordinator of the Canadian Auto Workers Local 200 workers adjustment centre, agrees. “They may work for a small number of older workers but what about the rest of the unemployed population? I don’t think the changes cover enough people,” she told the Star.

The Windsor Star

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