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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…

Jun
13

Extra-billing causes hardship and must be stopped, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – The OFL supports the call by the Ontario Health Coalition for better regulation and enforcement of the Canada Health Act to prevent the charging of user fees across Canada. A recent survey conducted by the Ontario Health Coalition, showed that 88 clinics across Canada are charging unlawful user fees. “Privatization in health…

Jun
9

In memoriam: Stan Raper 1961 – 2017

The OFL mourns the passing of Brother Stan Raper, who died June 5. A staunch labour and farm worker advocate who worked on behalf of domestic and migrant agriculture workers for more than two decades, Raper was born in Fort Frances, Ontario in 1961. As a teenager and high school student, he learned first-hand about…

Jun
9

2017 Pride event listings

To download the listing of 2017 Pride Events click here. Signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQI*) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Labour…

Jun
6

Affordable, accessible childcare must be publicly funded, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – Following today’s announcement on childcare, the OFL is calling on the government to ensure public funding for all childcare spaces in Ontario. “There’s no doubt that creating a system of affordable childcare requires public investment,” said OFL President Chris Buckley. “Families across this province are struggling to make ends meet. Affordable childcare,…

Jun
2

OFL Letter to Ministers – Consultation on the Proposed Regulatory Approach to Asbestos

June 2, 2017 The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health Health Canada The Honourable Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment and Climate Change Environment and Climate Change Canada The Honourable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Honourable Judy Foote Minister of Public Services and Procurement Public Services and Procurement Canada…

May
30

$15-dollar minimum wage in 2019 a win for Ontario workers, must be followed by legislation to guarantee decent work as well as decent pay, says OFL

(Toronto) – The OFL congratulates the Ontario government on the steps it has taken today toward updating Ontario’s outdated labour and employment laws, and on their plan to increase minimum wage across the province. The OFL recognises the collective efforts of workers in Ontario for their strong advocacy on changes to the labour and employment…

May
29

Government can provide all Ontarians with full rights in the workplace, says OFL

(Toronto, ON) –  Today, labour leaders from across the province gathered to discuss next steps in advance of the government’s anticipated reaction to the Changing Workplaces Review, reaffirming their commitment to Ontario workers. From rallying at Queen’s Park by the thousands to meeting with MPPs to talk about their needs in the workplace, Ontario’s workers…

May
26

Liberal Government can take immediate steps to improve the lives of millions through the Changing Workplaces Review, says OFL

(Toronto, ON) – Working people from across Ontario have shared their lived experiences of insecurity, intimidation, precarity and poverty with the Special Advisors and with their MPPs. While their struggle is reflected in some of the recommendations in the Changing Workplaces Review, legislation must go further to improve the lives of working Ontarians. “Until legislation…

May
23

OFL urges government to go further than recommendations advise in order to protect Ontario workers

(Toronto, ON) – There are many missed opportunities in the long-awaited Changing Workplaces Review final recommendations, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. While the report recognizes the urgent need for changes to Ontario’s employment and labour law, it must lead to immediate, meaningful, progressive legislative change that supports Ontario workers. The Special Advisors’ final report lays…

May
17

OFL Letter to the Premier on the Upcoming Changing Workplaces Review Recommendations

To download this letter click here. May 16, 2017 Honourable Kathleen O. Wynne Premier of Ontario Room 281, Main Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne: With the awaited release of the Changing Workplaces Review’s final recommendations, workers in Ontario are expecting the government to stand up and fight for their…