Layoffs Continue Across The Region


Regional job losses are mounting and I have to say that it is completely shocking that thousands of people are unable to access UI benefits in our area.
 Last week I wrote a small piece on the CAW and the matter of 42% of their membership not being able to access services through CEC  and their concern for the thousands of men and women who had applied for benefits but had been turned down for being 1, 2 or 3 hours short from their required target hours of 900 hours.
 At that time it was really unknown how that worked and I received some clarification and documents related to this issue which points to the issue above which identify this as a major sreious concern in our region and across the country.
 The person who came in to see me mentioned as well that the bigger catastrophe lies ahead, 8 -9 months in the future when those thousands of persons will lose their right to access benefits after running out of weeks and will as a result be living on the local welfare rolls, whuich will make it even more difficult for the local county to pay its’ mounting bills.
 Another massive concern is that the EI program virtually has no money left in its’ coffers after the last Liberal government gutted its’ finances to pay down the deficit.
 That money was earned by workers and was paid for by the workers of the nation in conjunction with their employers. The Feds basically robbed a bunch of Canadian workers and their employers. No federal dollars were used to build the EI fund, and the feds should not have stolen those funds from our workers.  
 That is a serious concern.
 The other matter that is of major importance is the fact that some years ago the feds stopped providing federal funds for laid off workers’ action centres which are used to get people out and looking for jobs by providing them with the necessary skills to conduct interviews and the skills to build a decent resume.
 Undoubtedly the lack of government action on this matter is disturbing, and the lack of attention our local MP and MPP are paying to this matter is disturbing. Many of those men voted for those persons and are now being left to fend for themselves.
 On another note, Toyota has announced plans that would see their production cut dramatically between now and April of this year. Toyota states that they will achieve those cuts without cutting staffing levels at the new Woodstock plant although information on how they planned to do this was unavailable. Toyota is suffering from lax sales combined with weak consumer confidence across North America.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted January 18, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Can you post those documents and elaborate on the clarification?

  2. jim bender
    Posted January 18, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Yup, Ill scan them in today and show this to everyone. My home scanner pooched out a few weeks ago so Ill do it from the shop)
    According to the documents our local MP Mackenzie was apprised of this situation on Aug 28…which leaves me wondering how frigging long does it take for someone to get an answer out of the guy? It Seems it would have been wise to take action on this long before the economic crisis actually nailed us.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted January 18, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Suck it up sunshine, don’t blame “the last Liberal government, it was both Chretien’s and Martin’s governments. Take it up with them and the rest of the Liberal MP’s and former MP’s that were part of those Governments.

  4. jim bender
    Posted January 18, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Okay, you are correct. Let’s say the last 2 liberal governments screwed up.
    Harper said he would stabilize the fund and upon taking office he injected $3.6 million into the fund…a token compared to the billions pillaged.(But Harpers’ promises and pledge of cash did get him some votes.)

  5. Anonymous
    Posted January 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    “(But Harpers’ promises and pledge of cash did get him some votes.)’

    And Chretien/Martins’s pillaging the fund to pay the debt bought them votes.

    Politicians buying votes with our money. This is new?

  6. jim bender
    Posted January 18, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Nope, just darn right distasteful of them.

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