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Jul
28

Ford tracker: PC actions to date

This list was last updated on July 28 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): July 2020 Revealed that provincial spending was $3.5 billion lower than planned last year, further starving public services Removed $1 billion in planned funding…

Jul
24

Defund the police resource page

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) supports Black liberation groups and their call for the defunding of police services. Specific demands for change will look different from city to city, depending on the needs of the community. There is, however, an understanding that fundamental and disruptive change is required: defund the police. The OFL and…

Jul
17

Defund the Police FAQ

WHAT IS ANTI-BLACK AND ANTI-INDIGENOUS RACISM? Anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism is an implicit and/or explicit bias, on an individual and institutional level, directed at Black people and members of Canada’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.  It has historically and presently resulted in public policies and practices – including policing, educational, health care, labour market,…

Jul
10

OFL/AIL JACK LAYTON LABOUR POST-SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP 2020

Dear OFL Members, The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the annual OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships. To apply:Download the application form Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to each receive a scholarship…

Jul
9

Anti-racism resource list

A list of courses, readings, videos, and podcasts on anti-racism, compiled by the OFL Workers of Colour Committee, CBTU, and the OFL. COURSES How to show up in BIPOC-only spaces without white centering Anti-Racism 101 “Crash Course” ARTICLES What white people still don’t understand, by Neil Price There have always been two Canadas. In this reckoning…

Jun
24

COVID-19 economic recovery plan must put people first if it is to succeed, says the Ontario Federation of Labour

“Ontario workers are seeing COVID-19’s effect on the Ontario economy, their families, and their workplaces every day. They must be meaningfully consulted on any plan for economic recovery,” said OFL President Patty Coates. “The labour movement urges the Ford government to take off its pro-business, anti-worker blinders and boldly consider the robust economic recovery plan that we are presenting. For the good of our province, it’s time to deliver health and safety laws that put workers first, strong public services, decent work laws, and justice for all.”

Jun
19

Statement: Ford government proposal for holiday cuts is a non-starter

(Toronto) – The Ford Conservative’s proposal of a two-year pilot project that would remove nine statutory holidays from retail workers and leave them with only three shows the government’s callous and harmful attitude toward retail workers and their families. Despite recent accounts that this proposal was never meant to be implemented, the government had public…

Jun
19

Statement: National Indigenous Peoples Day

We each must take action in our unions and communities to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Jun
11

With child care centres slated to reopen, OFL calls on the Ford government to provide needed funding and invest in publicly funded child care

The Ontario Federation joins the call for the Ford government to provide new provincial funding so child care operators can take the steps necessary for safe reopening across Ontario, including needed supports for educators, staff, programs, and facilities. “Families and educators in this province are saying the government’s plan for reopening without providing critical funding,…

Jun
2

Media Advisory: Wednesday, June 3, Ontarians will demand action during the Ford Failed Us Province-wide Day of Action

Ontarians are fed up with the Ford government’s failure to support the working people of Ontario, and they will be telling him so on Wednesday, June 3 with the Ford Failed Us Province-wide Day of Action, says the Ontario Federation of Labour.

From taking action in their communities, to sending a letter to their MPP, to asking questions of the Premier in a People’s Question Period, the workers of Ontario will tell the PCs that they have failed Ontarians.

May
29

Ontario Health Coalition Open Letter to Premier Doug Ford

The Ontario Health Coalition sent an open letter to Premier Doug Ford signed by family councils, health professionals, social organizations, cultural organizations, seniors’ and retirees’ groups, health coalitions, legal clinics, and many others who collectively represent more than 1.5 million Ontarians. The OFL is one of the signatories to the letter. The letter is below. If…

May
25

The Ontario Federation of Labour mourns the passing of Megan Whitfield

The labour movement is devastated by the loss of Sister Megan Whitfield, who passed away suddenly on May 24. The OFL mourns with all who knew her.
Sister Whitfield was the first Black President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ (CUPW) Toronto Local, the largest local of CUPW. She played a key role at the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), where she was a core member of the Executive Board, Executive Committee and the Workers of Colour Committee. At the OFL convention, she co-chaired the convention resolutions committee.

May
14

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). It is a day to celebrate the contributions made by 2SLGBTQI+ people to society. It is also a day to take action, increase awareness and affirm the fundamental rights of 2SLGBTQI+ people. Despite the progress that has been made over the years, 2SLGBTQI+…

May
11

Solidarity and Pride Champion Award call for nominations 2020

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the SOLIDARITY & PRIDE CHAMPION AWARD. This annual award is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the advancement of the two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (2SLGBTQI+) human…

Apr
30

OFL to Ford Government: Fix long-term care now

In advance of the May 1 #FixLTCFord online day of action, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and unions representing Ontario’s health and long-term care workers demand the Ontario government implement stronger controls in home care, long-term care, retirement and community care facilities. Labour calls on the government to end the growth of precarious work…