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Sep
10

Ford invoking the notwithstanding clause is shameful abuse of power

(TORONTO, ON) ─ By calling back the legislature in order to use the notwithstanding clause to force through the reduction of Toronto City Council, Doug Ford is undermining the courts and democracy for Toronto’s municipalities, and showing his disrespect for Ontario’s laws and Ontarians themselves. The court decision quashing Doug Ford’s plan to cut the…

Aug
31

OFL Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates to speak in Thunder Bay on Labour Day

This Labour Day, Ontario Federation of Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates will be speaking in Thunder Bay. Ontario workers fought for and won long overdue improvements to Ontario’s labour and employment laws including paid sick days, fairer scheduling and equal pay for equal work provisions. Other victories included protections for workers engaged in a labour dispute, making…

Aug
30

Media advisory – Chris Buckley to speak a media event on Labour Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     August 31, 2018 OFL President Chris Buckley to speak on Labour Day (TORONTO, ON) – This Labour Day, Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley will be speaking at a media event at the statue of Adam Beck at 8:45 a.m. “This Labour Day, we are sending a clear message to Doug…

Aug
24

Solidarity with education workers as government sets up anonymous complaint line

The Ontario Federation of Labour is dismayed by the Ontario Government setting up a phone line with the express purpose of monitoring teachers providing instruction in the health and physical education curriculum for the 2018-2019 school year. “This phone line carries an implied threat to all education workers and shows the disrespect our government has…

Aug
21

Download Labour Day 2018 materials here!

Together, we made significant strides to raise the standard of work across the province. After 20 years of woefully outdated labour and employment laws, the Government of Ontario introduced the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act in 2017. This was a result of many hard-fought struggles and the collective voice of millions demanding immediate action to modernize the Employment Standards Act and…

Aug
20

The OFL mourns the passing of Bromley Lloyd Armstrong

The Ontario Federation of Labour mourns the passing of unionist, community organizer and activist Bromley Lloyd Armstrong. A member of the CAW, Armstrong was a leader in the Toronto Joint Committee on Human Rights in the 1950’s and fought racism his whole life. “Brother Armstrong’s contribution to anti-discrimination campaigns in Ontario have made our province…

Aug
10

OFL Job Posting: Administrative Support/Reception

Job Posting: Administrative Support/Reception The Ontario Federation of Labour is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it encourages those who have been historically disadvantaged with respect to employment to apply. Indigenous persons, persons of colour, persons with a disability, and persons who are gay, lesbian, two spirited and transgendered are encouraged to self-identify in the…

Jul
27

Push toward privatization of cannabis sales will hurt the people of Ontario, says OFL

(Toronto, ON) – The Ford government’s reported move to privatizing the sale of cannabis can only hurt Ontarians. “Time and time again we have seen profitable publicly-owned businesses put into private hands with negative results. The private sale of cannabis will only reduce the potential revenue government can use to provide services to Ontarians. It…

Jul
19

OFL questions Minister of Community Safety and Corrections Michael Tibollo’s credibility to head Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate after “bulletproof vest” response during Question Period

(TORONTO, ON) The Ontario Federation of Labour is concerned about the unnecessary and anecdotal “bulletproof vest” comments made in the Legislature, by Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Corrections Michael Tibollo. “I went out to Jane and Finch, put on a bulletproof vest, and spent 7 o’clock to 1 o’clock in the morning visiting sites…

Jul
19

Canada’s Labour Leaders Urge Premiers to Collaborate on a National Universal Pharmacare Plan

National, Provincial and Territorial Labour Leaders encourage Canada’s Premiers to unite behind a universal, single-payer, public prescription drug coverage program. In addition to giving every Canadian access to life-saving prescriptions, a universal Pharmacare plan will free up money for much needed investment in healthcare.   (SAINT ANDREWS, N.B.) During the Council of the Federation meeting in…

Jul
12

Ontario Federation of Labour disappointed by government push toward privatization

(TORONTO, ON) – In the face of looming back-to-work legislation and cuts that will erode public services and quality of life for Ontarians, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) vows to stand up for the hard-won rights of workers in this province. “Today’s Throne Speech delivered disappointing news for public services in Ontario. The question…

Jun
26

Call for nominations: 2018 OFL Labour Honour Roll

Every year since 1984, the OFL has inducted five new names of retired or deceased trade unionists into the OFL Labour Honour Roll. This prestigious recognition is intended to acknowledge the significant contributions of individual OFL members to the life and growth of the trade union movement in Ontario. It is also intended to inspire…

Jun
21

OFL recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day with permanent land acknowledgement and the launch of new resources for understanding

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is marking National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with the launch of new resources for understanding and action, and the permanent installation of a land acknowledgement plaque at the OFL building in Toronto. National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, June 21, recognizes and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and…