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COVID and Jobs in Manitoba – Government employees asked to consider reduced workweek

Premier Brian Pallister says he will be asking non-essential government workers to consider a reduced work week in an effort to save money during the coronavirus outbreak. The Manitoba premier said he will be talking with “more than a dozen” public sector unions later Tuesday to discuss the proposed measure, which would affect civil servants … Continue reading

Manitoba / Why the Canada Jobs Grant will not work there

The Canada Jobs Grant will not work for people who face barriers to employment, especially Aboriginal Manitobans. As Shauna Mackinnon wrote in The Canada Jobs Grant: Perpetuating Aboriginal Exclusion, the new federal program will take money away from successful programs that are helping unemployed people get the training they require to move into the labour force. … Continue reading

Employment Insurance in Canada / More beneficiaries in Quebec and Manitoba, as well as in the Atlantic provinces

Following three months of little change, the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits decreased slightly in September (-1.4% or -7,100) to 503,800. Compared with September 2012, the number of beneficiaries was down 8.8%. However, the slight monthly decrease nationally did not mirror variations observed at the provincial level, as British Columbia and Ontario posted notable … Continue reading

Manitoba / Skills Gap / Recruits skilled workers from southern Europe

Manitoba is trying to help fill a skills shortage by recruiting workers from the crippled countries of Europe. Provincial officials will be interviewing candidates for its “southern Europe recruitment mission” in Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain this month, looking for temporary and permanent workers. It’s part of what is known as the Manitoba provincial nominee … Continue reading

Canada/ Trade Deal with EU Bad for Manitoba writes the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Recent leaks from the negotiations between Canada and EU confirm concerns that a comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA) would infringe on Manitoba’s ability to promote economic development and advance public interests.  The proposed precedent-setting agreement would expand investor rights and extend the reach of international economic agreements, fully covering for the first time the … Continue reading

Manitoba / Lower wage for disabled, a ‘Relic’ to be repealed

The Selinger government will repeal a law that allows an employer to pay disabled workers less than minimum wage. Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard said the provision in the Employment Standards Code will be removed through legislation to be tabled Monday to mark the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. “It’s … Continue reading

Manitoba / Hiring teachers to reduce class sizes

The Manitoba government says 79 new teachers have been hired by school divisions over the past year, as the province works to reduce classroom sizes. Hiring the 79 teachers, who are working in 31 school divisions, has resulted in 20 per cent fewer Kindergarten to Grade 3 classes that have 24 or more students, the … Continue reading

Manitoba – Motor Coach laying off 190

Bus manufacturer Motor Coach Industries is laying off 190 employees from its Winnipeg plant. A Motor Coach spokesperson confirmed the layoffs to CBC News late Thursday, citing decreasing customer demand. Glenn Tomchak, the local president with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, said the company notified workers of the layoffs on Thursday afternoon. … Continue reading

Canada – Employment Up by 34,000 with 33,000 in Quebec

After a decline in July, employment rose by 34,000 in August, the result of an increase in part-time work. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.3%. Employment On a year-over-year basis, employment increased by 1.0% or 177,000, with most of the gains occurring in the spring of this year. Virtually all of the increase in the 12-month period was in full-time … Continue reading

Pfizer | Layoffs at Manitoba PMU plant

Drugmaker Pfizer’s restructuring of its estrogen extraction plant at Brandon, Man. calls for about 40 per cent fewer employees by the end of next year. The company processes conjugated estrogen from pregnant mares’ urine (PMU) at Brandon to make the hormone replacement therapy Premarin, used to treat menopausal symptoms in women. Pfizer said Tuesday it … Continue reading

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