Employment Insurance

EI_Scrap the changesEmployment Insurance is just that – insurance that you pay for, every paycheck.  When you lose your job through no fault of your own, you should have access to the benefits you paid for.  Yet, fewer than 4 in 10 unemployed Canadians qualify for EI benefits. Stephen Harper’s changes to EI are hurting Canadians just when they need Employment Insurance the most.

Among the devastating changes introduced by the Harper Conservative government through the 2012 budget, out-of-work Canadians must now accept any job the government deems “suitable”—even if it takes you off your career path and comes with a 30 per cent pay cut and hour-long commute—or EI benefits will be cut off entirely.  The tribunal system for appeals to denied EI claims was also eliminated.

Help us show the real impact of these new rules.  If you are having trouble with EI, please send your stories to eiwatch@cupe.ca. You can send your whole story, or just let us know how to contact you.