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Dec
8

Best of 2017 – 16 wins in the Employment Standards Act

In 2017, Ontario workers fought for and won significant changes to Ontario’s labour and employment laws. This remarkable work by labour and community activists has made positive changes to the lives of workers for decades to come. While the fight isn’t over until everyone has fair treatment in the workplace, take some time this holiday…

Dec
8

Best of 2017 – 12 wins for workers in the Labour Relations Act

Through 2017, the tireless work of labour and community activists across Ontario made changes to Bill 148. That work means that the Labour Relations Act now: Allows workplaces with the same employer and same union at one or more locations to bargain together in cases where the employer and union agree; Allows newly certified workplaces…

Nov
20

OFL Young Workers’ Award winner: Kumsa Baker

Kumsa Baker, a research analyst with UNITE HERE Local 75, was awarded the 2017 Ontario Federation of Labour’s Young Workers Award at the Power ON convention in Toronto. Baker is just 24, and is part of a new breed of fellow like-minded campaigners in Local 75 that is working to open and expand the union…

Nov
20

Young workers forum talks organizing against poor conditions

Acid burns that blacken skin, sixteen-hour workdays with no overtime pay, racial slurs, even physical assault: those are some of the horrific experiences precarious workers in Ontario endure. The “Decent Work Now and in the Future” panel described these all-too-common experiences on Monday afternoon at the OFL Convention. As panelists described their experiences with unscrupulous…

Nov
20

Andrea Horwath’s vision of hope and opportunity

Monday afternoon, delegates warmly welcomed Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath to the OFL convention. Horwath’s introduction was met with loud cheers and a standing ovation, as she greeted delegates on her way to the main stage. “I want to thank President Buckley for your strong leadership and your incredible dedication to the labour movement in…

Nov
20

#PowerON: OFL’s 60th anniversary convention off to a powerful start

“If not us, then who?” In his opening address at its 14th Biennial Convention in Toronto, the Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley, asked the more than 1000 gathered delegates to consider the federation’s sixty years of successful organizing for workers’ rights and dignity, and what that means for the work of the federation…

Nov
18

OFL Young Workers’ Assembly: a powerful day of activism and allyship

Over 100 workers from across Ontario attended the OFL Young Workers’ Assembly at the Sheraton Centre Toronto on November 18. Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley, opened the day with an inspiring welcome to the group. “Each and every one of you deserves decent work and a good job,” said Buckley. “And I want…

Nov
17

Back-to-work legislation is a violation of constitutional rights, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) –The Premier’s decision to table back-to-work legislation for striking OPSEU contract faculty undermines the constitutional right of all Ontarians. The right to strike is protected under the Charter. “Today’s decision to table back-to-work legislation by the government is wrongheaded,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “The government’s action sends a message…

Aug
18

Stand Together Against Hate

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) condemns the racist attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia and the rise in racist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic attacks in Canada and the United States. Racist attacks are on the rise in Canada. In recent times our country has seen the murder of six worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de…

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
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…

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,…