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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…

Aug
14

Business lobby’s “Economic Impact Study” on Bill 148 fails to address the reality that past minimum wage increases prove that jobs are not at risk, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour is raising serious concern about the validity of the assertions in the Keep Ontario Working (KOW) coalition’s commissioned economic impact analysis of Bill 148, conducted by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA). “The assertions released today by the corporate lobby is inaccurate, incomplete and just not…

Aug
10

Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes NDP action to strengthen Bill 148

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes the proposal for amendments to Bill 148 announced today by the Ontario New Democratic Party. “If enacted, these amendments would strengthen the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act and deliver greater fairness to workplaces across the province,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “There’s no…

Jul
18

Canada’s Labour Leaders to the Premiers: Canadians Need Life-Saving Pharmacare Plan

Canadian Labour Leaders urge Premiers to recommit to establishing a single-payer, universal prescription drug plan in Canada  (EDMONTON, ALBERTA) – Meeting in Alberta for events concurrent to the Council of the Federation, Labour Leaders from across Canada urge provincial and territorial Premiers to lobby the federal government for a national Pharmacare plan to ensure all…

Jul
18

Press Conference: Bill 148 and $15 minimum wage

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour and Fight for $15 and Fairness will present urgently needed changes to Bill 148 at a press conference at Queen’s Park on Friday, July 21. “The $15 minimum wage by 2019 must not be delayed,” said OFL President Chris Buckley. “Ontario’s government must also create the conditions…

Jul
11

OFL Convention 2017 Awards – Call for Nominations

To download the Nomination information click here. Bob Borch Human Rights Award Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award OFL Cultural Award Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety OFL Young Workers’ Award Prevention Link’s Disability Prevention Activist Award Deadline for Nominations: October 15, 2017 The Ontario Federation of…

Jul
10

Invitation: Solidarity breakfasts before Bill 148 hearings

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario Federation of Labour and local labour councils are holding a series of solidarity breakfasts across Ontario to celebrate the province-wide effort to improve the lives of working people. “I encourage everyone to attend these solidarity breakfasts. It is essential that workers make themselves heard at hearings on Bill 148, to ensure…

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…