Jobs scarce for laid-off union workers

Union spokesperson foresees permanent underemployment
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/15/2010

A recent study of laid-off manufacturing workers in Ontario shows only about one-quarter are now working and most of them are earning significantly less than they once did.

The report, sponsored by the CAW, tracked 260 laid-off members at Kitchener Frame, Chrysler Canada in Brampton and Collins and Aikman in Scarborough. It found almost half of them had bounced from job to job over the past two years. Of the 24 per cent who are working, 70 per cent of them are working in what the CAW calls “survivor” jobs – part-time, temporary or casual work.