EI: the proposed changes must be repealed

CHARLOTTETOWN: The Canadian Union of Public Employees Prince Edward Island Division (CUPE PEI) is pleased that the Federal Government has begun to correct the errors they made in the EI changes. Unfortunately, it’s not enough.

“Last Friday, Federal Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Diane Finley, announced some changes to the rules on how much an EI recipient can earn without affecting their benefits. The changes announced are very confusing and claimants might find it difficult to choose between the old and the new system”, said CUPE PEI President, Lori MacKay.

“These small changes are not enough! The Federal Government needs to repeal the EI reform. This reform is harmful to every worker and especially for Islanders and the Island economy”, said MacKay.

“What is even more unacceptable is the position of our Conservative MP Gail Shea on this issue. For her, party politics are more important than the people she represents in Parliament.”

Lori Mackay said it is important for Islanders to continue to pressure the Federal Government to eliminate the reform.

“We intend to bring a very strong message to Gail Shea during a rally in front of her constituency office in Summerside,” concluded MacKay.

CUPE PEI along with other unions and interested community groups is organizing a rally on Saturday, October 27


th at 1:00 p.m. in Summerside outside Gail Shea’s office to oppose the EI changes.

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