Migrant workers, Ottawa spar over EI benefitsEI reforms unfair to seasonal staffers: UFCWBy Sabrina Nanji10/28/2013|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/28/2013 They may be separated from their offspring by thousands of kilometres, but Canada’s migrant workers say they are parents too. That message has been lamented by a group of just over 100 Ontarian migrant workers who are taking the federal government to court, claiming they were denied access to Employment Insurance (EI) parental benefits. Represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, the group of migrant workers took their case to the Federal Court of Appeal in mid-October. At the hearing, all claimed to have been turned down after applying for EI parental benefits — which collectively adds up to more than $600,000 in back payments. While the federal employment commission said the seasonal agricultural workers waited too long to file, the UFCW countered that language and cultural barriers were reasonable and just causes for filing late. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.