The federal government has moved quickly to get money into the pockets of workers affected by the COVID-19 crisis, but the new CERB program leaves a glaring loophole that affects many Unifor members.
Hundreds of thousands of workers in Canada have access to Supplemental Unemployment Benefit (SUB) payments when they are on layoff. These special, employer-paid benefit “top-ups” can provide hundreds of dollars, per week, to offset a worker’s loss of income.
Unlike regular EI, the CERB rules deny workers these SUB payments.
There is a simple fix to this problem that Unifor already proposed in a letter to Minister Qualtrough. In order to ensure this change is made before members are denied the CERB, all affected workers must add their voices.
Together, we can ensure that members have full access to the benefits we have bargained.