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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…


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…


Labour Day Events 2018

Labour Day is coming up. This year, we’re sending a message to Doug Ford – hands off workers’ rights! Find your local events and get your placards and download your placards and materials to be ready for the big day! To download materials: Posters, placards, and workers’ rights quiz cards click here. To find your…


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 After 20 years of woefully outdated labour and employment laws, the Government of Ontario introduced the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act in 2017.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…


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…


Resources for incorporating First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming

On National Indigenous Peoples’ Day the Ontario Federation of Labour Aboriginal Circle launched resources for understanding to better enable unions and labour activists to integrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming. You can now access the following tools: ·     An Indigenous Solidarity Guideline; ·     Guidelines for Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis…


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.…