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Feb
13

More than 150 organizations call for Pharmacare Now

We are a diverse coalition of 150 national and provincial organizations representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, business, seniors and patients from coast to coast to coast. In November 2019, over 150 of our organizations signed a joint Pharmacare Now Statement calling on all parties to work together to implement universal, public pharmacare within this government’s mandate. We are now calling on your government to make the financial commitments that are needed in this year’s budget to make this program a reality.

Feb
13

The OFL stands with the Wet’suwet’en Nation and solidarity protests across Canada

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) affirms its solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation, as they steadfastly defend their territories, and with those who are actively supporting Indigenous sovereignty through protests and blockades across Ontario and Canada. The recent arrests of land defenders is yet another shameful example of Canada’s failure to implement…

Feb
11

Ford tracker: PC actions to date

This list was last updated on February 11 2020Click here to download the Ford Tracker.Cliquez ici pour télécharger le Ford Tracker “Gardons Forda l’oeil”, le 25 juillet 2019.  PC actions to date (highlights): February 2020 Failed to guarantee full-day kindergarten for the next school year Looking for private companies to test Ontario teachers’ grade 3 math skills…

Jan
24

Ryerson University decision an assault on democracy, says OFL

The Ontario Federation of Labour condemns the ill-conceived and short-sighted decision of Ryerson University to terminate its operating agreement with the Ryerson Students Union (RSU). The RSU has been instrumental in fighting for student autonomy and student-led change on campus for 72 years. “This is an attack on student union autonomy and the right for…

Jan
24

African Liberation and Black History Month Legacy series: Gentrification is Environmental Racism

The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada and the Ontario Federation of Labour are celebrating African Liberation and Black History Month by launching our second annual Legacies of Labour and Community Activism poster series. The Legacies series honours the historical achievements of African Canadians and features the ongoing contributions of activists in the Black community. Generations of…

Jan
23

Workers’ Comp Conference: 30 Years of Advocacy, Being the Change

Specially designed for injured worker representatives and advocates, this conference celebrates 30 years of our accomplishments and achievements in the movement. The conference provides a forum for looking back and to the future in worker’s comp and disability accommodation. The conference offers attendees comprehensive panel discussions and choice of workshops exploring key topics in the…

Jan
22

Solidarity with locked out Co-op refinery workers in Regina

(Toronto) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), which represents one million unionized workers, and advocates on behalf of all working people in the province of Ontario, sends solidarity and support to the 730 members of Unifor Local 594 who remain locked out by their employer, Federated Co-op Ltd in Saskatchewan.  The Monday evening intervention…

Jan
16

OFL stands in solidarity with AEFO

français The Ontario Federation of Labour, its 54 affiliated unions, and labour councils stand in support and solidarity with the 12,000 members at Ontario’s 12 French-language school boards, as they take action to protect Ontario’s public education system from government cuts. “The labour movement is unified in its support for ensuring a strong public education…

Jan
16

La FTO est solidaire de l’AEFO

English La Fédération du travail de l’Ontario ainsi que les 54 syndicats et les conseils du travail qui lui sont affiliés appuient les 12 000 membres de l’Association des enseignantes et enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) qui travaillent pour les 12 conseils scolaires de langue française de l’Ontario, lesquels prennent des moyens de pression pour protéger le…

Jan
16

Solidarity with OECTA members defending public education for the students of today and tomorrow

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), its 54 affiliated unions and provincial labour councils stand in solidarity with the members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) as they defend Ontario’s public education system from the Conservative government’s proposed education cuts, increases to class sizes and mandatory e-learning scheme. “OECTA members have our full…

Jan
8

Statement on the deaths on Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752

The OFL sends its deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all those who died in the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752. Each victim of this tragedy was important in their community and family. As names of those who perished are released today, we are learning that many of them were…

Dec
18

2019 – Power of Many Year in Review

This year, labour and community have been hard at work defending the rights of Ontarians. We know that we have the Power of Many and we can push back against Conservative government cuts. They have backed down on some cuts to autism services, the planned upload of Toronto’s transit system, and paused their changes to social…

Dec
17

Coalition of Ontario unions to launch Charter challenge, vowing to defend the rights of all Ontarians with aggressive campaign to repeal Bill 124

(TORONTO, ON) – Today, ten Ontario unions representing more than 250,000 thousand affected broader public sector employees, announced their intention to launch a coordinated Charter challenge against Bill 124. As well, the Ontario Labour movement, with the Power of Many, will be initiating an aggressive campaign to repeal Bill 124. The joint Charter challenge announced today is being…

Dec
4

OFL stands in solidarity with striking OSSTF members

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) stands in solidarity with the more than 60,000 members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) who are taking one-day strike action to defend our province’s public education system. The OFL encourages students and parents, its 54 affiliated unions, provincial labour councils, and all labour and community activists…

Oct
31

Doug Ford’s attacks on workers continue

Op ed by OFL Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates, originally published in the Toronto Star, October 31, 2019 Everyone is talking about the Progressive Conservatives setting a new, more cooperative tone in this session of the Ontario legislature. Workers in this province aren’t feeling it. Minimum wage workers continue to struggle on $14 an hour after the…

Oct
16

BREAKING: Premier Ford’s office occupied indefinitely to demand immediate action to prevent workplace deaths

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2019 – Community and labour leaders began an indefinite occupation of Premier Doug Ford’s constituency office at 823 Albion Road in Etobicoke today, demanding his signature on Section 83(4) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) to prevent further workplace deaths in Ontario. To ensure that companies using temp agency workers are held financially…

Sep
30

Safeguarding our education system: OFL statement on education workers’ legal job action

The OFL stands in solidarity with the more than 55,000 members of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) taking legal job action today, in order to secure the education services and resources that students in Ontario need.  “Students in this province deserve properly funded education services, not government cuts that are tearing the public education…