Unions praise work-sharing as alternative to layoffs

Amount of supervision required to administer program can be a disincentive: Union rep
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/16/2012

At the peak of the recent recession, with mass layoffs looming, several unions in Canada turned to a previously underused tactic: work-sharing.

Under the federal government program, full-time employees could reduce their workweek to 32 hours and collect employment insurance for eight hours of lost work.

There are few statistics about how many jobs were saved as a result of this arrangement, but union officials have mostly praise for the program.