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Jul
17

Defund the Police FAQ

WHAT IS ANTI-BLACK AND ANTI-INDIGENOUS RACISM? Anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism is an implicit and/or explicit bias, on an individual and institutional level, directed at Black people and members of Canada’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.  It has historically and presently resulted in public policies and practices – including policing, educational, health care, labour market,…

Mar
23

COVID-19 INFORMATION

This page was last updated March 25, 2020 Below is a list of resources on COVID-19. This list includes the OFL response to Ford’s emergency legislation, demands for workers during the pandemic, a fact sheet outlining short-term and long-term actions to avoid the harm that the virus can bring to your health, and an important timeline…

Mar
16

Open letter to Premier Ford: Provide emergency support for all workers and vulnerable Ontarians during COVID-19

SENT VIA EMAIL Hon. Premier Doug Ford Hon. Christine Elliott Hon. Rod Phillips Hon. Monte McNaughton Dr. David Williams Dear Premier, Ministers and Chief Medical Officer of Health: Further to your announcement this morning regarding forthcoming emergency legislation to assist workers and those impacted by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we respectfully request that the Government…

Feb
25

OFL celebrates Foodora couriers’ historic victory

The Ontario Federation of Labour celebrates the ruling of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), which found that Foodora couriers must be classified as dependent contractors, allowing the couriers to move forward in their bid to unionize, and commends Foodora couriers on their steadfast commitment to winning decent work in the gig economy. “This is…

Feb
1

New history series launched for African Liberation and Black History Month: Legacies of Labour and Community Activism

Download the poster The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada and the Ontario Federation of Labour are celebrating African Liberation and Black History Month by launching a new series: Legacies of Labour and Community Activism. The Legacies series honours the historical achievements of African Canadians and features the ongoing contributions of activists in the Black community. Generations…

Mar
16

OFL Statement on the Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Download the poster. The struggle to combat racial discrimination in Ontario and beyond continues in all avenues of life. Racism, bigotry, and hatred exist in all avenues of life, with hate crimes reported across Canada and Ontario. In a recent poll, twenty-five per cent of Canadians answered that they have experienced racism. That’s a rise…

Nov
20

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…

Nov
18

OFL Young Workers’ Assembly: a powerful day of activism and allyship

Over 100 workers from across Ontario attended the OFL Young Workers’ Assembly at the Sheraton Centre Toronto on November 18. Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley, opened the day with an inspiring welcome to the group. “Each and every one of you deserves decent work and a good job,” said Buckley. “And I want…

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…

Mar
13

Racism and Islamophobia are Barriers to an Equal Society: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2017

Racism, bigotry and hatred know no boundaries, no borders, and no limits. Canadian headlines teem with tales of hate crimes. An Ottawa rabbi awoke to find a swastika spray-painted on her door. A Mississauga Jewish family had their home egged. An east Toronto neighbourhood was plastered with white supremacist recruitment posters. Muslim women have been…

Mar
10

Letter to the Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism from the OFL and Colour of Poverty–Colour of Change

March 10, 2017 Honourable Michael Coteau Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism 14th Floor, 56 Wellesley Street West Toronto, ON   M5S 2S3 Dear Minister Coteau, The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC) welcome several of the announcements made earlier this week around the government’s Three Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan, which includes the…

Feb
3

This Black History Month recommit to stopping racism, prejudice and discrimination

February is Black History Month recognizing the social, cultural and economic contributions of Black people and people of African and Caribbean descent. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) believes that Black History Month must also be a time to reinforce the collective resolve of Canadian workers to be active and present in progressive movements to…

Oct
31

OPEN LETTER RE: Allegations of Islamophobia and anti-black racism, York Region District School Board

October 31, 2016 SENT VIA EMAIL Honourable Mitzie Hunter Minister of Education Ministry of Education 22nd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2 Email: mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org; — and — Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris Associate Minister of Education Ministry of Education 22nd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2 Email: inaidoo-harris.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org Dear…

Oct
31

OFL Submission on the Anti-Racism Directorate

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to make a submission to the Anti-Racism Directorate on how to effectively address systemic racism across Ontario. To read the OFL submission on the Anti-Racism Directorate, please click here.