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Push toward privatization of cannabis sales will hurt the people of Ontario, says OFL

(Toronto, ON) – The Ford government’s reported move to privatizing the sale of cannabis can only hurt Ontarians. “Time and time again we have seen profitable publicly-owned businesses put into private hands with negative results. The private sale of cannabis will only reduce the potential revenue government can use to provide services to Ontarians. It…


OFL questions Minister of Community Safety and Corrections Michael Tibollo’s credibility to head Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate after “bulletproof vest” response during Question Period

(TORONTO, ON) The Ontario Federation of Labour is concerned about the unnecessary and anecdotal “bulletproof vest” comments made in the Legislature, by Ontario’s Minister of Community Safety and Corrections Michael Tibollo. “I went out to Jane and Finch, put on a bulletproof vest, and spent 7 o’clock to 1 o’clock in the morning visiting sites…


Canada’s Labour Leaders Urge Premiers to Collaborate on a National Universal Pharmacare Plan

National, Provincial and Territorial Labour Leaders encourage Canada’s Premiers to unite behind a universal, single-payer, public prescription drug coverage program. In addition to giving every Canadian access to life-saving prescriptions, a universal Pharmacare plan will free up money for much needed investment in healthcare.   (SAINT ANDREWS, N.B.) During the Council of the Federation meeting in…


Ontario Federation of Labour disappointed by government push toward privatization

(TORONTO, ON) – In the face of looming back-to-work legislation and cuts that will erode public services and quality of life for Ontarians, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) vows to stand up for the hard-won rights of workers in this province. “Today’s Throne Speech delivered disappointing news for public services in Ontario. The question…


Call for nominations: 2018 OFL Labour Honour Roll

Every year since 1984, the OFL has inducted five new names of retired or deceased trade unionists into the OFL Labour Honour Roll. This prestigious recognition is intended to acknowledge the significant contributions of individual OFL members to the life and growth of the trade union movement in Ontario. It is also intended to inspire…


OFL recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day with permanent land acknowledgement and the launch of new resources for understanding

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is marking National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with the launch of new resources for understanding and action, and the permanent installation of a land acknowledgement plaque at the OFL building in Toronto. National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, June 21, recognizes and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and…


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.…


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…


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…


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…


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.…


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…


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…


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,…