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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.

Apr
29

OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2016

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2016 Standing with Asian & South Asian Workers Against Income Inequality OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2016 Across Ontario, workers are joining Asian and South Asian communities in recognizing May as both Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month. However, while the Ontario Federation…

Apr
25

May 8: Mother’s Day “Stroller Rally” to Support Maternity Leave

In December 2015, Gilary Massa, a member of CUPE 1281, was fired while on maternity leave. Please join us in taking action to support Gilary and defend the rights of new parents across the country. Supporters are coming together under the #IStandWithGilary campaign to demand Gilary’s reinstatement. You can help in the following ways: Attend the…

Apr
8

Letter to RSU: Immediate Reinstatement of Gilary Massa

On April 8, 2016, the OFL sent a letter to Andrea Bartlett, President Ryerson Students’ Union, to oppose the shameful and illegal termination of Gilary Massa, just three months into her maternity leave. The OFL is calling on unions, community groups and concerned citizens to show support for Gilary by sending similar letters to President…

Apr
4

OFL Applauds Ontario NDP Support for a $15 Minimum Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2016 OFL Applauds Ontario NDP Support for a $15 Minimum Wage (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes an announcement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, pledging her party’s support for a $15 minimum wage. The OFL is part of a broad coalition of labour unions and…

Mar
30

Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2016 Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has joined the chorus of community groups and organizations from a broad and diverse cross-section of society that are calling for action on the demands brought forward to…

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…

Feb
16

OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2016 OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded today’s Ontario Government announcement about the creation of a new Anti-Racism Directorate to work in collaboration with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The OFL…

Feb
8

Read the First Issue of the Re-Named “OFL Action Report”

Download the first issue of the re-named “OFL Action Report” LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS BUCKLEY Sisters and Brothers, At our November 2015 Convention, the delegates of the Ontario Federation of Labour elected a new leadership team to pull Ontario’s labour movement together in unprecedented unity and solidarity. The timing couldn’t have been more critical. The…

Feb
1

OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February 2016

OFL STATEMENT February 1, 2016 Ending Racism is a Collective Obligation OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February 2016 Across Canada, the month of February is recognized as Black History Month and the social, cultural and economic contributions of Black people and people of African and Caribbean descent are celebrated. However, the…

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…