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Dec
8

Best of 2017 – 16 wins in the Employment Standards Act

In 2017, Ontario workers fought for and won significant changes to Ontario’s labour and employment laws. This remarkable work by labour and community activists has made positive changes to the lives of workers for decades to come. While the fight isn’t over until everyone has fair treatment in the workplace, take some time this holiday…

Dec
8

Best of 2017 – 12 wins for workers in the Labour Relations Act

Through 2017, the tireless work of labour and community activists across Ontario made changes to Bill 148. That work means that the Labour Relations Act now: Allows workplaces with the same employer and same union at one or more locations to bargain together in cases where the employer and union agree; Allows newly certified workplaces…

Dec
8

Best of 2017 – 12 ways we organized to win

The OFL’s Make It Fair campaign stayed in high gear in 2017, from in-person meetings with MPPs to using online tools to make sure that MPPs knew how they could help workers when they made changes to Bill 148. Here are a dozen ways we made a difference together in solidarity: In the lead up…

Dec
8

Best of 2017 – 14 ways we worked together for equity in 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour works for solidarity and equity. Here are fourteen ways the OFL worked for equity in 2017: Online, the OFL updated its website to include useful tools for labour activists. Most notably, the OFL added a labour actions registry, which allows striking and locked out workers to let labour activists across…

Nov
22

OFL celebrates Bill 148 and will continue to Power ON for decent work

(TORONTO, ON) – Delegates of the Ontario Federation of Labour’s (OFL) Power ON convention took to the streets today in solidarity, marching for fairness, unity and justice for all working Ontarians, as part of the OFL 14th Biennial Convention. “Decent work is the foundation of strong, healthy and sustainable Ontario communities,” said OFL President Chris…

Nov
21

Chris Buckley, Patty Coates, and Ahmad Gaied to lead the OFL forward to 2019

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) delegates have elected incumbent Chris Buckley and his leadership team, Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates and Executive Vice-President Ahmad Gaied to lead the Federation until 2019. “It’s a tremendous honour that the OFL delegates have elected this team to move the federation forward into the next two years,” said…

Nov
17

Back-to-work legislation is a violation of constitutional rights, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) –The Premier’s decision to table back-to-work legislation for striking OPSEU contract faculty undermines the constitutional right of all Ontarians. The right to strike is protected under the Charter. “Today’s decision to table back-to-work legislation by the government is wrongheaded,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “The government’s action sends a message…

Nov
15

OFL to celebrate 60th anniversary at #Power ON Biennial Convention

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will hold its 14th Biennial Convention, under the banner “Power ON” from November 20 to 24, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. “This gathering of like-minded labour activists is a knowledge sharing opportunity to discuss key issues facing labour today,” said OFL President Chris Buckley.…

Oct
6

It’s time for the WSIB to treat workers suffering from mental stress fairly, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – As Canadians continue to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is deeply disappointed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) policy decision to use “predominate cause” for mental stress claims rather than the “significant contribution” test. “This decision appears to be in direct contravention of the…

Oct
2

OFL congratulates Jagmeet Singh on his election as leader of the federal NDP

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour congratulates Jagmeet Singh on winning the leadership of the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the leadership vote on October 1. As the first person of colour to lead a federal political party, Singh has made history. “The first-ballot election of Jagmeet Singh shows he has the party…

Sep
29

OFL and Prevention Link Proudly Support Mental Illness Awareness Week

This October 1-7, we recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week across Canada and rise in solidarity with our many Ontario sisters and brothers who live with the debilitating reality of mental illness every day. In any given week, at least 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental health challenges, with the stigma associated with…

Sep
15

OFL demands justice and safe working conditions for all workers

(Toronto) – On September 2, 2016, 23-year old Amina Diaby, a temp agency worker who had been on the job just two weeks, was killed at the Fiera Foods plant in Toronto. The OFL’s Kill a Worker, Go to Jail campaign confirmed that this was the third worker death at that location. The OFL calls…

Sep
4

The government must listen to workers, and amend Bill 148

From the person who lets you into the parkade, to the person who wrote the headline above this article, to the students who are working to pay for their schooling, workers in this province depend on the Labour and Employment laws to set the bar for fair treatment in the workplace. Those laws are outdated.…

Aug
18

Stand Together Against Hate

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) condemns the racist attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia and the rise in racist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic attacks in Canada and the United States. Racist attacks are on the rise in Canada. In recent times our country has seen the murder of six worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de…