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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…

Aug
8

Advisory: OFL joins CUPW to Rally for Pensions, Pay Equity and Fairness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   August 8, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ Since the beginning of this year, 18,000 members of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) whom work for Canada Post have unjustifiably been without a contract and have been locked in drawn-out negotiations over equal pay for rural postal workers, job security and pension structure. The Canadian…

Jul
15

Advisory: Canada’s Labour Leaders To All Premiers: Make Life Better For Vulnerable Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         July 15, 2016 (Toronto, Ontario) – Ahead of the Council of the Federation meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon on July 20-22, Canada’s labour leaders are calling on the provincial and territorial premiers to make Canada’s most vulnerable workers the focus of their talks. “This is the first time the premiers have met in…

Apr
14

OFL calls on Premier Wynne to fight for an expanded Canada Pension Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 OFL calls on Premier Wynne to fight for an expanded Canada Pension Plan (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called today’s release of the final design details of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP) a step toward retirement security for Ontario workers, but he…

Feb
2

OFL Pre-Budget Submission Calls for the Ontario We Want

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is the voice of Ontario at work. With 54 affiliated unions representing working people from across the province, from all social, economic, and ethnic groups, over half of whom are women, we campaign for equity and equality for every Ontarian. Together, we have the power to make real and…

Jan
27

OFL calls the ORPP a big, bold step forward, but called for a united plan to end exclusions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       January 26, 2016  OFL calls the ORPP a big, bold step forward, but called for a united plan to end exclusions (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called the details of Ontario’s new public pension plan a big, bold step towards retirement security and called on…

Jan
25

STAND UP FOR STEEL: Hamilton Rally, Jan. 30, 2016

BUSES TO TRAVEL TO HAMILTON FOR JAN. 30 RALLY FOR STEEL JOBS Join thousands traveling to Hamilton for a January 30 rally to defend good jobs and the pensions of Steelworker retirees that are currently under attack. Let’s rally together for our Steel industry, to keep producing, to stop the CCAA courts from hurting our…

May
25

OFL Submission and Briefing Notes on Ontario Budget Bill 91

This month the Ontario’s Liberal government released its budget for 2015-2016. The budget’s implementation legislation is Bill 91, Building Ontario Up Act (Budget Measures), 2015, is a “Harper-style” omnibus bill that contains many measures, including provisions to create the new administrative and investment body for the ORPP, and to privatize Hydro One (Read the OFL…

Feb
11

OFL Submission on the ORPP Calls for an End to Retirement Insecurity

Summary Every Ontarian deserves security and dignity in retirement and yet by every measure most workers face the prospect of an uncertain future. Despite public demand, provincial support and sustained lobbying from Canada’s labour movement, the Harper government has repeatedly rejected the call for an expanded Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The result is a desperate…

Jan
21

ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan available to media before and after Ontario’s kick-off pension consultation in Kingston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan available to media before and after Ontario’s kick-off pension consultation in Kingston (KINGSTON, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will be available to media this Thursday immediately before and after the Ontario Government’s Kingston consultation on the proposed Ontario Retirement…

Dec
17

OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation

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…

Jul
14

OFL Response to Wynne Budget: Government must go further to reverse austerity

Statement from Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes the measures in today’s budget that will make the province a better place for workers, but warns that it will continue to vigorously oppose all forms of privatization and cuts that unfairly place the burden…

Jan
16

OFL’s 2014 Submission to Ontario’s Pre-Budget Consultations

Below are the speaking notes of OFL President Sid Ryan to Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. To download the OFL’s comprehensive pre-budget submission, click HERE. Introduction Thank you for having me here today. My name is Sid Ryan and I am the President of the Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents 54…

Dec
16

LETTER: Invest in CPP; don’t gamble with PRPPs

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…

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…