The Conservative government is waging an all-out war on seasonal workers and the unemployed through massive changes to the EI system announced in the Omnibus Budget Bill.
In response, CUPE and other unions are organizing a day of protest in communities in Quebec and the Maritimes on October 27. They are calling for the government to Scrap the Changes to Employment Insurance.
It is so bad that the government of PEI has released a statement recommending almost the same thing as CUPE.
The Extended Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits pilot project increased EI income support by providing an additional 5 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 45 weeks, in 21 economic regions. Workers in the following regions are affected: Central Quebec Chicoutimi-Jonquière* Eastern Nova Scotia Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine Lower Saint Lawrence and North Shore Madawaska-Charlotte Newfoundland and Labrador Northern British Columbia Northern Manitoba Northern Ontario Northern Saskatchewan Northwest Territories North Western Quebec Nunavut Prince Edward Island Restigouche-Albert St. John’s* Sudbury* Trois-Rivières Western Nova Scotia Yukon