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OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day

December 17, 2013

OFL STATEMENT December 18, 2013 OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day Ontario’s shameful treatment of migrant workers made headlines throughout 2013, after scandal, exploitation and abuse attracted unprecedented public exposure to the misuse of the Temporary Foreign Workers’ Program (TFWP).…

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  • International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
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LETTER: Invest in CPP; don’t gamble with PRPPs

December 16, 2013

LETTER TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO: Dear Honourable Premier and Honourable Minister: Re: Canada Pension Plan vs. Pooled Registered Retirement Pension Plans (“PRPPs”) We write in regard to your government’s call for submissions about PRPPs. PRPPs are products supported by the financial services industry. Essentially, they would be much like group RRSPs – relatively expensive…

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RELEASE: Drastic cuts to Canada Post demonstrate lack of imagination

December 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2013 Media Release Drastic cuts to Canada Post demonstrate lack of imagination (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan expressed concerns that cuts and rate hikes announced by Canada Post today will have a negative impact on average Canadians and set the crown corporation on a…

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OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2013

OFL STATEMENT December 10, 2013 Mandela’s Legacy Inspires Workers to Renew Commitment to Justice and Equality for All OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, vision with action can change the world” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) This year,…

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OFL Statement for December 6, 2013, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 5, 2013

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2013  Rising Together Against Violence Against Women: OFL Statement for December 6, 2013, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (TORONTO) — As Ontarians gather in cities and towns across the province to remember the women victims of gender-based violence, Ontario’s labour movement recommits to concrete actions to…

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Liberal Bill Must Be First Step Towards Stronger Protections For Vulnerable Workers

December 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2013 OFL says Liberal bill must be first step towards stronger protections for vulnerable workers (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan welcomes long overdue protections for vulnerable workers, but cautions that new legislation introduced by the governing Liberals does not go far enough to protect…

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ADVISORY: OFL Stages Downtown Rally to Demand a $14 Minimum Wage

November 26, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2013 ADVISORY: OFL Stages Downtown Rally to Demand a $14 Minimum Wage (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour plans to shut down its biennial convention on Wednesday to organize a mass rally in the centre of Toronto’s retail district to demand an increase in Ontario’s minimum wage. “The…

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OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail

November 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan applauded yesterday’s Ontario Court conviction of roofing company owner, Paul Markewycz, for a 2011 workplace tragedy that…

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Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013

November 19, 2013

OFL STATEMENT November 19, 2013 Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013 Every year, November 20 is recognized around the world as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). It is meant as a day to challenge prejudice and hatred, to memorialize those who…

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Letter to Minister Duguid: Canada Jobs Grant

November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013 Honourable Brad Duguid Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities 3rd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, ON  M7A 1L2 Dear Minister Duguid: We are writing to express our concern about the federal government proposal to divert funding away from existing Labour Market Agreements to a new Canada Job Grant program. Your…

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Advisory: Rally for Fairness Saturday in Bonfield

October 4, 2013

For immediate release October 03, 2013 Media Advisory: Rally for Fairness Saturday in Bonfield Labour leaders and workers from across Ontario to rally with striking Bonfield municipal workers Saturday, October 5, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (BONFIELD, ONTARIO) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and North Bay District…

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OFL Workers of Colour Assembly ─ ‘The Rising of US All’ (Nov. 23, 2013)

October 4, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be holding its second Workers of Colour one day Assembly organized by the OFL Workers of Colour Committee and cosponsored by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF), Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition (LATUC) and the…

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OFL Young Workers’ Assembly ─ ‘Young Workers Rising’ (Nov. 23-24, 2013)

October 4, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The OFL Workers Under 30 Committee will be hosting the first Young Workers’ Assembly on November 23 and 24, 2013, immediately preceding the 12th Biennial OFL Convention. This informative and instructive session is open to all young workers and will include a full day of educational sessions and discussion…

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Obituary for Union Veteran Orville Thacker – 1932 to 2013

October 3, 2013

Local union veteran Orville Thacker ‘changed the face of the labour movement’’ By Terry Pender Those who knew Orville Thacker believe his heart has a label that says: “Union Made.” The veteran trade-unionist died Monday. He was 81. For the first time in memory Thacker did not attend the Labour Day picnic this year. He…

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Remembering Linda Ann Jolley – 1945 to 2013

October 3, 2013

Obituary: Linda Ann Jolley Quietly, in her 68th year, Linda passed away at home, on September 24, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Doug Felice, she is survived by her nephew Malcolm, her sister-in-law Jennifer, and her step-sons Craig and Christopher (Nakiea) and Christopher’s children Kiara and Cruz. Linda lived a life of passionate advocacy for…

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OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013

September 26, 2013

OFL STATEMENT September 26, 2013 Women Workers Making History – Inside Unions and Out: OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013 Many unions and federations now have policies that designate seats on leadership bodies for women and other equity groups. In Canada, this process began in 1983 when the Ontario Federation of Labour…

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OFL Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner – Nov. 28, 2013

September 25, 2013

Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner –  Nominations and Tickets The Ontario Federation of Labour will host the 1st Biennial Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner at the upcoming convention. The dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 28, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto. As past president…

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Conference on Workers’ Compensation – Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2013

September 23, 2013

No “Half Measures” is an international conference on workers’ compensation 100 years after Sir William Meredith presented his options for reform that would remove injustice for injured workers. “…Half measures which mitigate but do not remove injustice are, in my judgment, to be avoided. It would be the gravest mistake if questions were to be…

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 – GET ON A BUS TO #RALLY4FAIRNESS IN BONFIELD!

September 20, 2013

The Ontario Federation of Labour is calling on all affiliates to rally on Saturday, October 5 in support of CUPE Local 4616 members in Bonfield, Ontario.

 These sisters and brothers, who provide municipal services to support people in the township, were forced into a defensive strike on August 1. The employer was demanding major concessions…

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OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars

September 19, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2013 OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) blasted the criminal justice system for failing to bring criminal charges against Vale Canada Limited and its executives for the 2011 deaths of two miners in Vale’s Stobie Mine…

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