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OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation

December 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2014  OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation (TORONTO, ON) – “Today’s release of the Ontario Government consultation paper on the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) marks the beginning of public deliberations on retirement security that Ontarians have been demanding for over twenty years,” said OFL President Sid Ryan. “It…

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Statement: OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation

December 16, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 16, 2014 OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation OFL Statement for December 18, 2014 International Migrants Day “Government raids, recruiter corruption, employer exploitation, poverty wages, squalid conditions, treacherous work, harassment, intimidation, gender discrimination and threats of deportation. These are just a few of the dangers threatening…

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Statement: Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside

December 9, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 09, 2014  Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside: OFL Statement for December 10, 2014, International Human Rights Day Around the world, December 10 is celebrated as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in…

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CLC Video Exposes Workplace Impact of Domestic Violence

December 8, 2014

A new Canadian Labour Congress video asks the question “Can work be safe when home is not?” The video promotes startling new research demonstrating that Canadian employers lose $77.9 million annually due to the direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence, and the costs, to individuals, families and society, go far beyond that. The Canadian…

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Message from Unions: Approval of Tim Hortons Deal is Double Double Trouble

December 8, 2014

SEIU Healthcare, Unifor and Teamsters Local 647 have raised the alarm about the dire consequences of a corporate mega-merger that would see the Canadian coffee chain, Tim Hortons, chain gobbled up by Burger King. Immediately following the Harper government’s approval of the deal, the three unions issued a scathing statement, calling it “double double trouble”…

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Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice

December 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2014 Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice (TORONTO, ON) – More workers were killed at work in 2013 than in any of the previous five years, says the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), bringing…

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STATEMENT: Shining a Light on Violence Against Women

December 5, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2014  Shining a Light on Violence Against Women: OFL Statement for December 6, 2014, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered because they were women. The École Polytechnique was…

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Statement: 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice

December 3, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2014  1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2014 December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population and it…

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Boycott Beer Cans to Demand Fairness for Crown Holdings Workers

December 2, 2014

This holiday season, when you raise a bottle, instead of a can, you are supporting good jobs for workers and their families. Take a stand against union-busting by changing your Facebook profile picture to promote the USW beer can boycott this holiday season. Crown Holdings, the U.S.-based aluminum can giant, has forced its 120 Toronto…

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Rewarding Offenders – Read the OFL Report WSIB rebates for employers convicted of killing workers

November 24, 2014

OFL Report “Rewarding Offenders” Exposes WSIB Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is rebating millions of dollars each year to companies that have been found guilty of offences that resulted in employees being killed in workplace accidents. Over the three year period between 2011 and 2013, 135 employers who had been convicted of offences…

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RELEASE: Corporations Guilty of Killing Workers Being Rebated Millions of Dollars by WSIB: OFL Report

November 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014 Corporations Guilty of Killing Workers Being Rebated Millions of Dollars by WSIB: OFL Report   (TORONTO, ON) – A new report released today by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) reveals that Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is rebating millions of dollars each year to companies found…

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ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities

November 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2014 ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities (TORONTO, ON) ─ On Monday, November 24, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be releasing a damning report about the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), demonstrating that Ontario’s workplace compensation system…

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It’s Time to Make Trans Human Rights the Law: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2014

November 19, 2014

OFL STATEMENT November 19, 2014 It’s Time to Make Trans Human Rights the Law: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2014 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 have…

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Statement by OFL President Sid Ryan on Julie Davis

November 14, 2014

It is with deep regret that I pass on to you the sad news today that our adored labour leader and trailblazer for women’s rights, Sister Julie Davis, has passed away. She was 68.

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Join the Health Care Day of Action on November 6

November 4, 2014

Unifor is inviting you to join members from health care workplaces throughout Ontario for a day of action on November 6 beginning at 11:00 a.m. London, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay.

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Video: Sid Ryan comments on Toronto mayoral race

October 28, 2014

OFL President Sid Ryan congratulates Olivia Chow on a strong campaign, and urges newly elected Toronto Mayor John Tory to be ready to listen to all sides, and work with labour.

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Statement by Sid Ryan on Ottawa Shootings

October 22, 2014

On this tragic day in Ottawa, we stand together in support of our sisters and brothers who work each day on Parliament Hill in service of our democracy, and the elected members from all parties. We also wish to extend our sincere thanks to the security personnel and first responders who kept them safe during this crisis.

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Video: Support the WoodGreen workers – Workers United

October 17, 2014

Watch the video of Sid Ryan speaking with WoodGreen workers. After months of negotiations, workers from WoodGreen Community Services, voted on October 8th to take strike action after refusing the employer’s latest contract offer.

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Women Workers Making History – Then and Now OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2014

October 14, 2014

Since 1992, October has been recognized as Women History Month – a time to celebrate the incredible achievements of women. Canadian women have shaped and continue to shape our unions, our workplaces and our society with their strength, wisdom and courage.

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Sid Ryan’s President’s Report – October 2014

October 8, 2014

Photo Gallery, Letter from the President, FEATURE: OFL Presses for Better Worker Protections, OFL and CLC Work to Strengthen Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), OFL Making Headway on Important WSIB Policies, OFL offers Dialogue between Ontario NDP and Labour movement, and more.

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