TORONTO, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - A groundbreaking study tracking a group
of laid off workers in Ontario shows that they continue to struggle to
find decent jobs amidst the turmoil of the current labour market.
The final phase of the CAW's Worker Adjustment Tracking Study released
earlier today shows that many laid off workers are forced into lower
quality and more precarious jobs (including temp agency work), with a
significant reduction in pay following the loss of good full-time
"This study provides pretty clear evidence to contradict the notion that
all jobs are created equal," said CAW President Ken Lewenza.
"There's a problem in our economy when the jobs being created don't
provide stability, when they fuel insecurity and when they make people
less healthy. This is exactly the track we're heading down and there
are huge negative implications for Canadians as a result," Lewenza
The study, which is the first of its kind in Ontario, tracks the long
term experiences of 260 workers laid-off from three manufacturing
plants. The plants are Collins & Aikman in Scarborough, which closed in
October, 2007; Kitchener Frame in Kitchener, which closed in April 2009
and the elimination of the third shift of Chrysler's Brampton assembly
plant in March 2008.
While the majority of workers from Collins & Aikman and Kitchener Frame
are currently working, most are earning significantly lower wages and
incomes, fewer or no benefits with greater income and employment
instability. A majority of workers from these locations have
experienced wage reductions of 20 per cent or more. Although most
workers participating from the Chrysler location have returned to their
jobs, a majority express concern over their long term job security.
The study also found that workplace action centres continue to be a
useful point of contact and support for laid off workers. The Ontario
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities sponsored action
centers deliver services and interventions that both enhance
re-employment prospects and support laid-off workers and their families
during a difficult period of transition.
Workers reporting high use of action centre services are overall the
most likely to report a more positive adjustment to the impact of job
"What's clear from these study results is that hands-on transitional
supports, like workplace actions centres, increase the chances of job
market success," Lewenza said.
"When workers have one-on-one job search and retraining supports, they
do better. If they're left to fend for themselves, they're worse off.
If policy-makers can take something away from these results today, it's
that adjustment services are a vital lifeline for workers and have to
be kept up."
Other study highlights include:
Over 1 in 5 reported being without income for longer than one year;
31% reported their general health has deteriorated as a result of
48% reported they had done without something they needed in order to pay
the rent or mortgage;
Employment and job characteristics for most workers are poorer than in
their previous jobs;
Nearly 60% of those who completed job retraining programs found related
The CAW released the initial phase of this study on June 7, 2010. The
second phase of the study, titled Finding Their Way, Second Round
Report of the CAW Workers Adjustment Tracking Report, was written by
Sam Vrankulj of the McMaster University School of Labour Studies.
To read the complete report, please visit: www.caw.ca/en
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
CAW Communications, Angelo DiCaro, 416-606-6311 or CAW National Representative Cammie Peirce, cell, 905-866-8146