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OFL Statement for December 18, 2015 International Migrants Day

December 17, 2015

 OFL STATEMENT December 17, 2015 Trudeau and Wynne Must Act Together to End the Exploitation of Migrant Workers OFL Statement for December 18, 2015 International Migrants Day “For far too long migrant workers have been denied equal rights in Canada. They have been subjected to government raids, recruiter corruption, employer exploitation, poverty wages, squalid conditions,…

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Province-Wide Rallies Challenge Austerity Cuts and Privatization

December 16, 2015

Hospitals are facing a crisis, hydro is being privatized, student debt is mounting and inequality is rising. The situation facing so many Ontario families and their communities seems bleak, but public pressure can turn things around. We can’t do it without your help. Join a province-wide rally against austerity, in favour of a stronger Ontario,…

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OFL Statement for December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2015

OFL STATEMENT December 09, 2015 Canadians Must Respond to Humanitarian Crises at Home and Abroad OFL Statement for December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day December 10 is celebrated around the world as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights…

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Meet the OFL Officers

December 9, 2015

In a packed convention hall at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel, 1539 delegates to the OFL’s November 2015 Biennial Convention elected a new leadership team. Chris Buckley (President), Patty Coates (Secretary-Treasurer) and Ahmad Gaied (Executive Vice-President) were elected to lead Ontario’s house of labour. This is your chance to get to know a little about the…

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OFL Statement for December 6, 2015, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 4, 2015

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2015 Defiant Feminism in the Face of Violence: OFL Statement for December 6, 2015, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6 marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered because they were women. The École Polytechnique was not only…

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OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2015 No One With a Disability Should Be Made to Feel Invisible OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015 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…

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#FEDFORWARD Team Elected to Lead the Ontario Federation of Labour

November 24, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2015 #FEDFORWARD Team Elected to Lead the Ontario Federation of Labour: Chris Buckley (Unifor), Patty Coates (OSSTF) and Ahmad Gaied Receive Strong Mandate (TORONTO, ON) ─ In a packed convention hall at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel, 1539 delegates to the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) 2015 Biennial Convention elected a…

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RELEASE: Ontario Takes Last Place in Jobs, Social Programs and Income Equality

November 19, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Ontario Takes Last Place in Jobs, Social Programs and Income Equality: New Report Says Fully Half of Ontarians are Caught in a Backslide (Toronto, Ontario) – An Ontario-wide coalition of more than 90 labour and community groups concerned with growing inequality released an alarming report today that…

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OFL Statement on the Paris Attacks, Refugees and the Path to Peace

November 17, 2015

November 16, 2015 OFL Statement on the Paris Attacks, Refugees and the Path to Peace By Sid Ryan, OFL President The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. Ontario workers are united in our sympathy and solidarity with the victims, their families, friends and, indeed, the people of France who…

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Whistleblower Report Exposes WSIB Interference in Medical Care: Doctors Allege Injured Workers are Re-Victimized by the Compensation System

November 5, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2015 Whistleblower Report Exposes WSIB Interference in Medical Care: Doctors Allege Injured Workers are Re-Victimized by the Compensation System (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) today released a damning report exposing interference on the part of the Workplace…

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New Report: Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals

November 5, 2015

Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals INTRODUCTION In September of this year, Dr. Brenda Steinnagel filed a lawsuit against her employer and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), alleging that she was fired by the clinic she worked for at the behest…

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ADVISORY: OFL, Injured Workers & Medical Professionals Release Whistleblower Report Exposing WSIB Interference in Medical Care

November 4, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL, Injured Workers & Medical Professionals Release Whistleblower Report Exposing WSIB Interference in Medical Care (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) released a whistleblower report today to expose interference on the part of the Workplace Safety…

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Only criminal investigations into Markham and Sudbury workplace fatalities can reveal the truth behind the tragedies

November 2, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 2, 2015 Only criminal investigations into Markham and Sudbury workplace fatalities can reveal the truth behind the tragedies (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling on the Chiefs of Police in Markham and Sudbury to ensure that criminal investigations are conducted into recent workplace fatalities to…

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Sun Media Op-Ed: NDP lost election by veering to the right (Sid Ryan, Oct. 26, 2015)

October 26, 2015

Guest column appearing in the Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton Sun newspapers NDP lost election by veering to the right Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour Special to Postmedia Network (Sunday, October 25, 2015 08:10 PM EDT) Click here to read and share the column from the Toronto Sun website. —-…

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Harper’s Record on Income, Inequality and Canada’s Social Safety Net

October 16, 2015

With October 19th Election only days away, the Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour has put together a fact sheet, entitled “Ruthless: The Harper Record on Income, Inequality and Canada’s Social Safety Net.” This informative document reminds voters about the Harper cuts to Old Age Security, Health Care, Arts and Culture, Women’s…

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Sun Media Op-Ed: “Mulcair, not Trudeau, can beat Harper” (Sid Ryan, Oct. 10, 2015)

October 9, 2015

Mulcair, not Trudeau, can beat Harper Guest Column by Sid Ryan, published in the Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton Sun Newspapers on Sat. Oct. 10 2015. http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/09/mulcair-not-trudeau-can-beat-harper Flash back to the final weeks of the federal election in May 2011. Election forecasters were prematurely dismissing a strong early surge from the NDP as a…

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Sid Ryan’s President’s Report – Fall 2015

September 28, 2015

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT September 28, 2015 Sisters and Brothers, I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement – to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. What I do next, what issues I champion, what challenges I tackle,…

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Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan

September 23, 2015

 Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan The Ontario Federation of Labour president says he won’t seek re-election and considers his legacy as a union leader By: Sid Ryan Published on Tue Sep 22 2015 | Toronto Star I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement…

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OFL Young Workers’ Assembly – Nov. 21 to 22, 2015

September 20, 2015

The OFL Young Workers’ Committee will be hosting the second Young Workers’ Assembly on November 21 and 22, 2015, immediately preceding the 13th Biennial OFL Convention (November 23-27, 2015). This informative and instructive session is open to all young worker delegates to Convention and young worker activists. It will include a full day of educational…

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OFL Calls NDP Prescription Drug Plan the ‘Missing Piece’ in Canadian Medicare

September 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2015 OFL Calls NDP Prescription Drug Plan the ‘Missing Piece’ in Canadian Medicare Sid Ryan to Join an NDP Canvass Saturday in the Contentious Riding of Brampton East (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded NDP Leader Thomas Muclair’s pledge to establish a universal prescription drug plan…

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