ESS Update #5

We made it!!!

I want you to enjoy your summer and time with family and friends.Each and everyone of you deserve it!

If you have any problems  with EI or there is an unnecessary delay in processing your claim, you can contact your MP and they can assist you in receiving answers from Employment Insurance.

Federal Election- October 19, 2015

We can’t afford to sit this one out.

Between now and the Federal election, I intend to share with you information that you can have to make a better choice at the polls on October 19th, 2015. We all know that Steven Harper and the Conservative party is no friend of labour or unions and I want to be able to give you the information that you will need to make an informed decision when you vote.

Issue #1 Childcare

The better choice keeps children safe and helps parents go back to work.

If Quebec can do it, why can’t we?

Quebec’s affordable child care approach paid off for the economy. Investment in its $7 a day child care program more than paid for itself through mothers’ annual income and consumption taxes. The program increased the number of women in the workforce by 3.8 per cent, pumping an additional $5.2 billion into the Quebec economy and boosting the province’s Gross Domestic Product by 1.7 per cent.

Every dollar of public funds invested in quality child care sees a 254% return in socio-economic benefits.

So why can’t the rest of Canada benefit from a national child care system?

Today, four out of every five children under six years old don’t have access to a regulated child care space. For many families, the cost of child care is their second-highest expense after housing. In Ontario, for example, families can spend between $40 and $60 a day for care – in bigger cities, the cost can be even higher.

Finding quality, affordable care shouldn’t be a never-ending struggle. Quebec’s example shows that affordable childcare benefits everyone.

A national child care system is a better choice for children, families and the economy. Source :

Have a wonderful break and I will catch up with you at the end of July!!

(Kind of a creepy video below, but I think you will get the point when you watch it 🙂

In solidarity always,



Author: Martha Hradowy

President of the Educational Support Staff Bargaining Unit District 9

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