CAW Launches Groundbreaking Study Tracking Laid Off Workers

June 7, 2010


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CAW Launches Groundbreaking Study Tracking Laid Off Workers
dated June 7, 2010
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Toronto, Ontario
June 7, 2010
      

Toronto, Ontario
June 7, 2010



Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "The CAW tracking study is unique in a couple of ways. It is the first time that I know of where groups of workers have been systematically asked about their adjustment experience. It is the first study to access and measure the use of action centres and adjustment supports by laid off workers. It is a study that asks laid off workers a broad range of impressions. Everything from training and employment outcomes to their physical health and emotional well being."



 

Sam Vrankulj
McMaster University Labour Studies

       "This research also demonstrates that strategic union partnerships can make a significant difference for workers moving through the adjustment process and confirms what we already know about the difficulty many workers face in the labour market. Block training initiatives negotiated by the CAW on behalf of workers provides a good example of how these initiatives can enable workers to overcome challenges and equalize labour market opportunities."



 

Justine Lilley
Collin & Aikman and PMP Action Centre Co-ordinator

       "It the uniqueness an action centre brings it's the safeness when people are actually down and out and trying to move forward to something that's not there anymore, for instance manufacturing jobs, they're gone so where else are they going to go."



 

Sam Vrankulj
McMaster University Labour Studies

       "Overall employment outcomes have been very poor. Most are earning a lower hourly wage earning less income per week. Have less control over their working hours and are working without benefits of any kind."



 

Cammie Peirce
CAW local 1285 Chrysler Action Centre Co-ordinator

       "I find it very interesting to see the correlation between overall general health both physical and mental and use of the action centres."



 

Sam Vrankulj
McMaster University Labour Studies

       "When asked what supports are most important to their future adjustment many discussed improvements to government programs such as employment insurance, Canada Pension, education and training supports, enhanced access to community services as essential to their adjustment."



 

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "The administrative burden on unions and employers who support adjustment programs is getting too heavy. But the main issue is the lack of support for unemployed workers. Both the federal and provincial governments have to accept that unemployed workers can't go into training if they don't have the income support that makes it possible."



 

Cammie Peirce
CAW local 1285 Chrysler Action Centre Co-ordinator

       "I think the money that's spent on the action centres is justified when just one person comes to me and says to me, I took some training thanks to you. I have a job like I never thought I would have and I'm never going back to working in the field that I was in."


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