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Nov
15

Fall economic statement shows that help isn’t on the way for Ontarians, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – From start to finish, the Fall Economic Statement is a disappointment for Ontarians and their families, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. “After this economic statement, Ontarians are facing even harder times: poor funding for public services, a cancelled minimum wage increase, a tax cut that is unusable for many vulnerable workers,…

Nov
14

Advocates call Ford government’s 5-hour labour law consultation “a sham”; Communities host “Peoples’ Hearings” on Bill 47  

(TORONTO) – Community and labour groups will hold “Peoples’ Hearings” on November 15 across Ontario, in protest of Ford government’s decision to limit Thursday’s Bill 47 hearing by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to a mere five hours. “The people of Ontario, the same people Premier Ford had promised to govern for,…

Nov
14

Labour activists and community members to attend committee hearings on Bill 47 in defense of workers’ rights, says Ontario Federation of Labour

(TORONTO, ON) – Labour activists will fill the committee rooms at Queen’s Park tomorrow, as the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs hears deputations on Bill 47, a bill which will strip Ontario workers of basic workplace rights. Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley will present to the committee at 9:00 a.m. on…

Nov
7

Ontario: ‘Open for business’ at whose expense?

(TORONTO, ON) – This winter, our government is pushing workers out into the cold by cancelling workplace rights and the $15 minimum wage with Bill 47, but that’s not the only shameful way this government is treating workers. An internal memo from the Ministry of Labour signalled the intention to put a freeze on proactive…

Oct
29

Synagogue murders: we must work to end hate

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) condemns the mass murder of eleven worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and sends deepest condolences to the many families who lost loved ones in this anti-Semitic attack, and to those who were injured and their families. “This shooting is one more terrifying…

Oct
27

OFL statement on October 25, 2018 death of a worker at Fiera Foods

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) sends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of a worker in his 40’s who was killed on October 25, 2018, when he was pinned between a tractor trailer and the loading dock at Upper Crust, one of a group of companies owned by Fiera Foods…

Oct
24

OFL statement after reports of violence

The OFL has a policy of non-violence, supporting peaceful protest in support of workers’ rights and fair treatment in the workplace. All actions are listed on the OFL website and publicized widely on social media. Non-violent civil disobedience is a cornerstone of democracy and a powerful force for change in society. “I want to be…

Oct
23

Doug Ford betrays Ontarians by siding with big business over working people, say leaders in Fight for $15 and Fairness movement including Ontario Federation of Labour and Workers’ Action Center

(TORONTO, ON) – Today’s announcement by the government of Ontario repealing the majority of Bill 148 steals basic rights from Ontario workers. Ford’s plan cuts wages, makes it easier to fire workers in precarious work, eliminates paid sick days, makes it more difficult to join and keep a union, and cancels fairer scheduling laws. This…

Oct
23

Media Advisory: “Doug Ford breaks his promise to the people,” community and labour groups to respond to the government’s plans to repeal Bill 148, cancelling $15

(TORONTO, ON) – Leaders of the $15 and Fairness movement, including the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Workers’ Action Centre, will be speaking at a press conference on Tuesday October 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Queen’s Park media studio. With only ten weeks to go before 1.7 million Ontario workers get their…

Oct
2

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…

Sep
21

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…

Aug
22

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…

Aug
21

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…