Category Archives: Labour

Canada, U.S., Mexico to talk trade at first USMCA Free Trade Commission meeting

WASHINGTON — Senior officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico will meet virtually next week for the first Free Trade Commission meeting of the USMCA era. International Trade Minister Mary Ng says she'll take part in the virtual meetings, sche...

Turkish tourism video sparks outcry, unequal treatment claim

ISTANBUL (AP) — A video promoting tourism in Turkey amid the pandemic has caused an uproar on social media for showing tourism employees wearing masks that read “Enjoy, I’m vaccinated.”

Business, labour groups clash at Senate committee over $15 federal minimum wage

OTTAWA — The head of the country's largest private-sector union says Parliament should raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, and possibly put future increases into the hands of an independent commission. Unifor president Jerry Dias said an in...

Business Highlights: Pay raises, falling jobless claims

___ Desperate for workers, US restaurants and stores raise pay

Ottawa and Ontario to spend $3.4 billion to build Hamilton light-rail transit

TORONTO — Ottawa and Ontario say they will spend $3.4 billion to build a light-rail transit line in Hamilton. The federal and provincial governments announced they will each contribute $1.7 billion to the 14-kilometre line to advance the "shovel-ready"...

US jobless claims fall to 473K as more GOP governors bar aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low and the latest evidence that fewer employers are cutting jobs as consumers ramp up spending and more businesses reopen.

Business leaders in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin urge court to keep Line 5 operating

WASHINGTON — Political "brinksmanship" in Michigan risks allowing Enbridge Inc. to abandon plans for a $500-million tunnel that would protect an ecologically sensitive Great Lakes waterway from the controversial Line 5 pipeline, business leaders warned...

EXPLAINER: Why are fears of high inflation getting worse?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gas prices are rising. Auto prices are soaring. Consumer goods companies are charging more for household basics like toilet paper, peanut butter and soft drinks.

Top Fed official says Fed far from achieving its goals

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Federal Reserve official says the outlook for the U.S. economy is bright but the recent jobs report is a reminder that the path of the recovery is likely to be uneven and difficult to predict.

B.C. pledges to introduce permanent paid sick leave program in January

VICTORIA — Workers affected by COVID-19 in British Columbia will qualify for up to three days of paid sick leave under proposed legislation that Premier John Horgan says will plug holes in a federal plan and lay the groundwork for