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Jun
20

OFL Statement for World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day the Ontario Federation of Labour calls on the governments of Ontario and Canada to speak out to stop the shameful separation of migrant families arriving at U.S borders and re-examine immigration detention policies in Canada, and the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement. “As families are being torn apart at the U.S.…

Jun
18

Ford’s hiring freeze will put further strain on already underfunded public services, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) ­– Premier-designate Doug Ford’s announcement of a public sector hiring freeze, except for “essential front-line services” in jails, fire, and policing, spells trouble for Ontario’s already overburdened and underfunded public services. “Ontario hospitals and long-term care facilities, for example, are already in a state of crisis,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris…

Jun
16

Thousands rally in support of a $15 minimum wage

(TORONTO, ON) – Just nine days after the Ontario election, thousands flooded the streets outside the Ministry of Labour and marched to Queen’s Park today in support of the $15 minimum wage and fairer labour laws. People came in from Niagara to Ottawa, Brampton to Oshawa, and joined the rally carrying signs that read “WE…

Jun
14

People of Ontario to rally on June 16 in support of a $15 minimum wage

Download the poster here. (TORONTO, ON) – Thousands of Ontarians are expected to gather for the Decent Work Rally on June 16 to let the incoming government know about the widespread support for a $15 minimum wage and strong labour laws. Co-organized by the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign and the Ontario Federation of…

Jun
8

We gave voice to millions and will celebrate NDP gains in the 2018 election

The election of a Progressive Conservative majority government has set the path for Ontario’s next four years. As a labour movement, we have our work cut out for us. The Ontario Federation of Labour will continue the fight for fairness and equality, a fight that builds on the gains workers have made in this province.…

Jun
5

Open Letter: Doug Ford must be defeated

If you care for Ontario, your families, and your friends, you must vote for the NDP in the upcoming election. The Labour movement has long fought for the rights of workers, whether they are in a union or not. While Doug Ford says that he stands up for ‘the little guy,’ the experience of workers…

May
31

Letter: Ross Romano’s dismissal of workplace injury shows disrespect to all workers

During an all-candidates’ debate last week in Sault Ste.Marie, PC candidate Ross Romano suggested that a workplace injury sustained by NDP candidate Michele McCleave-Kennedy, was not significant because she was injured on the job “by children”. By dismissing Ms. McCleave-Kennedy’s occupational injury, Mr. Romano not only showed his lack of respect for the work of…

May
17

June 21: Session on Pay Equity

To download the registration form, click here. Supreme Court of Canada Pay Equity Decisions – Implications for Ontario and Pay Equity Bargaining Technical Training on Pay Equity Maintenance On May 10, 2018, the Supreme Court released decisions on two Quebec cases that will have a significant impact on pay equity for all of Ontario’s unions,…

May
17

Apply for the 2018 OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships today!

To download the OFL/AIL scholarship application form click here. Dear OFL Members, The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the annual OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships. Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to…

May
6

OFL statement on the removal of PC candidate Tanya Granic Allen

The Ontario Federation of Labour condemns the Islamophobic and bigoted remarks about a number of communities in Canada that are attributed to Tanya Granic Allen. The removal of Granic Allen from her position as the PC candidate in Mississauga Centre, for statements that the PC party calls “irresponsible,” is long overdue. “Granic Allen’s discriminatory and…

May
2

Day of Action for CUPE 3903 at York to close university gates Friday May 4

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will hold a Day of Action for CUPE 3903 at York University this Friday, May 4, 2018. Strikers and their supporters will be blocking entrances to York University. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday, OFL affiliates, Labour Councils, as well as community and campus supporters will join…

Apr
27

Violence and harassment in the workplace must be stopped

Too often, workers face dangers at work: from temp workers killed or injured on factory lines, to workers exposed to harmful chemicals, to violence and harassment on the job and domestic violence, which too often goes unrecognized as a workplace hazard. Sadly, too many employers ignore regulations that protect their employees. Tragic worker deaths and…

Apr
26

OFL statement on the Toronto van attack

The Ontario Federation of Labour joins with our affiliates, the working people of Ontario, and all Canadians in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of those that perished in the Toronto van attack of April 23, 2018. Our hearts go out to the survivors, colleagues, friends, and families and all those who are affected.…

Mar
28

Pre-election budget should present a better plan for workers

(TORONTO, ON) – On the heels of the release of the  2018 Ontario Budget: A Plan for Care and Opportunity, Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley is calling on the Liberal government to do more in its budget for Ontario workers and their families. “With an election on the horizon, this government has…

Mar
17

OFL applauds Ontario NDP plan to bring universal dental care to Ontario

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) congratulates the Ontario New Democratic Party on its platform announcement today, that it will create the province’s first dental care program for everyone if elected in 2018. “Too often, Ontarians end up in emergency wards because they can’t afford the dental care they need,” said OFL President Chris Buckley.…

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…

Mar
15

Support for Workers’ Comp is a Right Campaign

Download the letter from Chris Buckley here. Download the OFL’s Workers’ Compensation Lobby Kit here. Download the Package for Allies here.  At the OFL convention in November, delegates voted unanimously to endorse the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) Workers’ Comp is a Right campaign. It’s a province-wide campaign, with participating injured worker groups…