When I was a young single mom I counted on UI to tide me over when the job market fell off. It enabled me to keep an even keel and not have to resort to welfare. If the government believes people should be employed year round they should ensure there's jobs out there for us. This government has a disgusting attitude about working class Canadians. Look at how much time they get off and they pull in a salary year round! Plus they get a healthy pension after just a few years of being an MP. Maybe they should stop being so hypocritical. I'm retired now and am lucky enough to have a healthy pension but I never forgot my hungry years. Maybe those MPs never had it bad?
Doris S writes:
With the way the job market is, and has been the past few years, many employers have decided to only hire part time employees, in order to save paying benefits etc. However there are exceptions. Now there are jobs that are truly "only" seasonal employment, leaving people with no other choice but to apply for EI to support their families and if lucky enough, find another job.
Speaking from someone whom, at one time, held down 3 part times jobs to make ends meet for the family. It is very hard to maintain any standard of living without knowing that EI is out there "Just in case" we need it. MOST people want a real job and like to work.
When the economy crashed my position was erased. This happened twice. Now what are the chances I get let go after 6 years in one job and 3 Â½ years in the next. I gave both jobs my all. I'm not proud to have used EI but it saved me and my family. Now, remember people only get a small portion of their (once) pay, when finally "accepted" to EI program. EI does not even meet minimum wages standards. People on EI are forced to make great cutbacks to survive, and now the people in power want to take the crumbs away too!
how about 65 plus i worked full time for 36 years in mining when you turn 65 your company pen. is cut in half and you get min. oas why not get ei and part time work
That's a broad question, but I think some exceptions should apply.
Those already working part time while on EI should be fine as is.
Maybe an exception for those 50 plus too, because they are not as versatile for travel and have more health problems than the younger generation.
No way.....we are all equal....seasonal work is a choice. I work all seasons and they should too!