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OFL Young Workers’ Award winner: Kumsa Baker

Kumsa Baker, a research analyst with UNITE HERE Local 75, was awarded the 2017 Ontario Federation of Labour’s Young Workers Award at the Power ON convention in Toronto. Baker is just 24, and is part of a new breed of fellow like-minded campaigners in Local 75 that is working to open and expand the union…


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…


Support Time to Care Act, Bill 188

CUPE Ontario’s “Time to Care” campaign has been leading the charge to change the standard of care in long-term care homes. NDP MPP France Gélinas tabled a private members bill, but it needs public action to win government support. The  Email your local Member of Provincial Parliament to call on them to support Bill 188,…


Teddy Bears Picket for Library Workers: Sat. Apr. 30, from 11am to 1pm

WHEN: April 30, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square 100 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 CONTACT: Event website CUPE Local 4948, representing workers at the Toronto Public Library, have been leading the fight against precarious work in the city. Library workers at a critical stage in bargaining with…


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…


Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2016 ADVISORY: Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest (TORONTO, ON) ─ Next week, when Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ontario six cities for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front…


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

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…


OFL Says Ontario Budget Sells False Choices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2015 OFL Says Ontario Budget Sells False Choices (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) said the Ontario Budget sells Ontarians short by choosing privatization over tax reform. The result will be a damaging and irreversible legacy that entrenches the economic divide, erodes public services and leaves a…


ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2015 ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement   (TORONTO, ON) ─ Organizers of the Ontario Common Front Anti-Poverty Assembly are anticipating over 500 people to participate in the two-day conference this weekend in Toronto. Topping the roster of impressive…


Statement: 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice

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…


Video: Support the WoodGreen workers – Workers United

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.


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…


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…


OFL Launches Democratic and Economic Rights Campaign

Demand good jobs, public services, workers’ rights & the recall of the legislature! The Ontario government has been shut down while worker’s rights are under threat and cuts to jobs and services are hurting every community. It’s time to defend everyone’s democratic and economic rights. Download the campaign flyer here  Jan. 26, 2013: Rally for…


All Rise! – The People’s Court Will Judge Austerity (Sat. Sept. 15)

PSAC members know that an attack on public services workers is an attack on all Canadians. Under this federal government, public services are being slashed and the workers who provide them are being declared “affected” and told they may lose their jobs. This is not a government that believes in strengthening the services that Canadians…


Ontario Common Front report puts inequality in the news

Yesterday the Ontario Common Front hit the provincial scene in a big way with the launch of a report on Ontario’s growing inequality that dominated the media and put a spotlight on the harsh impact of cuts to jobs and services. Download a full copy of “Falling Behind” Download quick reference fact sheets The report…


Show Solidarity for Striking Peel Workers

CUPE 966 Solidarity BBQ (Tuesday, June 26 @ Noon) Join striking members of CUPE Local 966 for a solidarity barbeque and help call for a fair settlement. This mostly female workforce deserves a fair contract that grants them equal treatment with other workers in the region. Your support can help restore the vital services they…