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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…

Jun
9

2017 Pride event listings

To download the listing of 2017 Pride Events click here. Signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQI*) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Labour…

May
16

OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On 17 May 1990, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders. In commemoration of that decision, May 17 is recognized as the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia” – a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified…

Mar
10

Nominations are open for the Ontario Federation of Labour Solidarity & Pride Champion Award

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the SOLIDARITY & PRIDE CHAMPION AWARD. This new annual award is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and two-spirit (LGBTQI) human rights,…

Jun
29

This year, take the campaign to Pride!

Together, we’ve Got PRIDE. Getting and keeping a good job; safe, respectful communities; health benefits for us and our loved ones…these are all LGBTQ issues and we need strong labour unions to get them. Ontario unions have marched side-by-side with the LGBTQ community to secure legal, social and economic rights such as: Protection from workplace…

May
16

OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016

OFL STATEMENT May 17, 2016 Generations United Against Homophobia and Transphobia: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016 Around the world, May 17 is recognized as the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia” – a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

Apr
25

2016 Ontario Pride Events

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Labour unions have played a vital,…

Apr
12

OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 13, 2016

OFL STATEMENT April 12, 2016 End the Silence on Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 13, 2016 Today the Ontario Federation of Labour calls upon workers across the province to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in your workplace, or support…

Mar
3

OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016

OFL STATEMENT March 3, 2016 Women Can’t Wait 100 Years to End Wage Discrimination OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016 Based on the current rate of progress, it will take over 100 years before women earn the same wages as men. In Ontario today, even though women now account…

Jan
20

OFL Drafts Plan to End the Gender Wage Gap

The OFL joined with anti-poverty groups and other pay equity advocates to echo the call of the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition’s 2008 Framework for Action. The OFL made a submission to the Ontario Gender Wage Gap Strategy to call on the government to commit to a plan that would close Ontario’s 31.5% gender pay gap…

May
15

OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2015

OFL STATEMENT May 17, 2015 Standing Up and Speaking Out as Proud Allies: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2015 Around the world, May 17 is recognized as a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and Queer-identified (LGBTQ) people. On…

May
8

2015 Ontario LGBTQ Pride Event Listings

LGBTQ Pride 2015 Dear Sisters and Brothers: Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Over the past…

Apr
7

OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 8, 2015

OFL STATEMENT April 8, 2015 None Can Stay Silent in the Face of Bullying OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 8, 2015 Today the Ontario Federation of Labour calls upon workers across the province to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in your workplace, or…

Sep
29

out 4 equality, November 20 – Ryerson University

out 4 equality will assist LGBTQ activists, allies, human rights activists and union leadership participants to empower, support and mobilize LGBTQ members in our workplaces and communities across Ontario.

Jun
28

Cuban MP Mariela Castro Espin Presented OFL Workers’ Rights Award at World Pride

Mariela Castro Espin Named OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award Recipient (World Pride – Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has presented Mariela Castro Espin of Cuba with the OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award for 2014. Ms. Castro Espin was presented the award by Sid Ryan, President of the OFL, at a reception…

May
7

2014 Women Vote – Ready to roll

The OFL election materials are ready for you to download, copy and use, use, use. The Women Vote Canvass Kit is always in high demand and is an important vehicle to ensure women’s voices are heard. Also included are the all-important Women’s Issue Sheets, and  Women’s Cafe materials. It’s all here for you so that together,…

May
7

Ontario Pride events underway and upcoming

Check the listings to see what is planned for your area and attend. See the list below or view the attachment. Out & Proud Labour. Everyone invited! MAY Guelph Pride May 3 – 10 www.guelphpride.com Elliot Lake Pride May 30 – June 1 www.elpride.ca Tri-Pride: Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo May 30-June 7 www.tri-pride.ca Pride Niagara (St. Catharines) May 30…

Apr
8

Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014

OFL STATEMENT April 8, 2014 Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014 Bullying, and its traumatic consequences, remains a daily concern in the lives of too many people. The impact is often most targeted and most severe for LGBTQ youth (Lesbian, Gay,…