Federal Supports Must Extend to Tourism, Hotel Workers – USW COVID-19 e-INFO


New federal support for fisheries workers, including greater access to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, must also be available to tourism, hotel and restaurant workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new supports that include changing EI rules so that fish harvesters, whose seasonal incomes will be affected by the pandemic, can apply for EI benefits based on their earnings from previous years.

Our union represents thousands of workers in the tourism, hotel and restaurant sector. We are calling for such supports to be extended to these workers, whose livelihoods also are at risk due to the pandemic.

Read more in our USW media release: Planned EI Changes Must Extend to Tourism, Hotel and Restaurant Workers

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In solidarity,
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Ken Neumann
USW National Director