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May
25

The Ontario Federation of Labour mourns the passing of Megan Whitfield

The labour movement is devastated by the loss of Sister Megan Whitfield, who passed away suddenly on May 24. The OFL mourns with all who knew her.
Sister Whitfield was the first Black President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ (CUPW) Toronto Local, the largest local of CUPW. She played a key role at the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), where she was a core member of the Executive Board, Executive Committee and the Workers of Colour Committee. At the OFL convention, she co-chaired the convention resolutions committee.

May
1

COVID-19 POLICY TIMELINE

This list was last updated on May 1, 2020. Please note that this is a working document and will be updated frequently.  For more information on OFL’s advocacy for workers during the COVID-19 crisis click here. Below is a policy timeline on COVID-19 for reference and sharing. The OFL will continue to monitor policy changes…

Apr
30

OFL to Ford Government: Fix long-term care now

In advance of the May 1 #FixLTCFord online day of action, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and unions representing Ontario’s health and long-term care workers demand the Ontario government implement stronger controls in home care, long-term care, retirement and community care facilities. Labour calls on the government to end the growth of precarious work…

Apr
27

On the Day of Mourning during COVID-19, demand protections for all workers

On the National Day of Mourning we remember workers killed on the job, or who have suffered occupational injury, illness or disease. This year, the Day of Mourning has a particular resonance as we remember the workers who have recently died of COVID-19, and in the line of duty protecting communities in Nova Scotia.  In…

Apr
27

OFL to Ford Government: For Ontario’s economy to recover safely and prosper, post-COVID-19 plans must include workers and the unions that represent them

During all three phases of reopening Ontario’s economy, the government’s Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee must include the Official Opposition, and consult with workers and the unions that represent them, says the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL).  “Decisions related to economic recovery and a safe return to work in Ontario need to be made in…

Apr
24

OFL welcomes federal government action on retooling GM plant to produce facemasks, and urges the Ontario government to make similar directives to Ontario manufacturers

The OFL is pleased to hear Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement that the government of Canada has reached an agreement with GM where the company will retool its unused plant in Oshawa for the production of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for Canadian workers. “The GM plant in Oshawa can be a made-in-Oshawa, Ontario, Canada solution…

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…

Mar
13

COVID-19 Info Sheets: Wash your hands of germs, racism, and xenophobia

The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. It is transmitted in much the same way as the flu. This fact sheet outlines short-term and long-term actions to avoid the harm that the virus can bring to your health and to the people in your communities. Click here for other information and labour resources on…

Mar
7

Op-ed: This International Women’s Day, we are mobilizing to defeat Ford

Ontario Conservatives launched their war on women the moment they took office.  March 8 is International Women’s Day. What better time to take a look at the PCs abysmal record on women’s issues? The most recent misogynist attack came Thursday, when the government withdrew $1 million in extra funding for rape crisis centres, money that…

Mar
4

Coalition of Ontario unions files charter challenge to protect free and fair collective bargaining

(le français suit) A coalition of Ontario unions, coordinated by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), and representing approximately 270,000 employees and over forty different unions, announced today that they have filed a constitutional challenge to Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act.  Bill 124 violates the collective bargaining rights enshrined…