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Oct
2

Doug Ford’s Plan to scrap Bill 148 is misguided and mean-spirited, says OFL

Premier Doug Ford told the legislature today that he would scrap paid sick days, as provided in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, known as Bill 148. Paid sick days and the other reforms in the Act from the legislated increase in the minimum wage to $15 to unpaid personal emergency leave and regulations that…

Sep
27

Media Advisory: Press Conference on the $15 minimum wage

(TORONTO, ON) – Leaders of the $15 and Fairness movement, including the Fight for $15 and Fairness and the Ontario Federation of Labour, will be speaking at a press conference on Friday September 28, 2018 at 9:30 am in the Queen’s Park media studio. With mere weeks to go before 1.7 million Ontario workers get…

Sep
25

Labour movement will fight for strong, accessible, well-funded public services, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON)– Today’s line-by-line audit points to austerity measures on the way, including service cuts and privatization, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. In his address, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy spoke about increased digitization and job change across the public service, the sale of public assets, and means testing for Ontarians accessing services and…

Sep
21

Commission’s reported deficit results must not lead to cuts in public services, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontarians will only suffer if Campbell’s commission of inquiry leads to cuts in – and the privatization of – public services including in health, education, and child care. Although the commission’s report does not recommend cuts to services, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said today that Ontario is facing a $15-billion deficit that…

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…