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Jul
4

Economists support $15 minimum wage in Ontario

We, the undersigned economists, support the decision to increase the minimum wage in Ontario to $15 an hour. Raising the wage floor makes good economic sense. Today, Ontario’s minimum wage is $11.40 per hour. Adjusted for inflation, this is barely one dollar higher than its value in 1977. Yet over the same four decades, the…

Dec
8

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

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…

Jun
20

Changes Fail to Protect Migrant Workers from Exploitation, says OFL

Media Release June 20, 2014 For Immediate Release Changes Fail to Protect Migrant Workers from Exploitation, says OFL  Temporary Foreign Worker Program Promotes Harper’s “Low-Wage Agenda” (Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has long called for changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), but the tinkering being put forward today by Employment and…

Mar
31

Cruise Boycott Expands: Anything But Carnival says Ontario Federation of Labour

(TORONTO) – The boycott of Carnival Cruises gained significant new support and momentum today as the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) officially threw its support behind it. The one-million member OFL joins a growing list of supporters in endorsing the boycott to protest the role of Carnival’s chief executive in a nearly seven-month labour dispute…

Nov
4

Letter to Minister Duguid: Canada Jobs Grant

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…

Jul
24

Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Oppose Harper’s Low-wage Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2013 Media Release Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Oppose Harper’s Low-wage Agenda (NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO) – At a meeting with Canada’s premiers, labour leaders from across the country called for unity among the provinces and territories in rejecting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s low-wage agenda. While the premiers gather…

Jun
7

We Are Ontario: Anti-Austerity Monday (June 11)

Stop Schedule 28 Pack the Gallery at Queen’s Park; Rally Against E.I. Cuts
You Can Help Stop Schedule 28: A Call to Action
Everyone who is concerned about the privatization of our public services needs to take action as soon as possible. Amendments to the Budget Bill are due by the end of the day on Tuesday, so we do not have much time.

Jun
6

E.I. Changes Target Vulnerable Workers

Buried in Harper’s omnibus budget are E.I. changes targeting some of the most vulnerable workers–including migrant and unemployed workers–to create downward pressure on the wages of all workers. Last year, the federal government announced the closure of more than 80 percent of E.I processing centres and the elimination of hundreds of associated jobs. As a result,…

Jan
28

Update on Labour Adjustment Advisory Program

Since the implementation of the Labour Market Development Agreements between the federal and provincial governments, the province delivers EI Part II benefits. The provincial government has maintained an Adjustment Advisory Program (AAP) with designated staff to facilitate action to support laid-off workers, including support for worker-led action committees and centres designed to provide peer support…