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Open Letter: Doug Ford must be defeated

If you care for Ontario, your families, and your friends, you must vote for the NDP in the upcoming election. The Labour movement has long fought for the rights of workers, whether they are in a union or not. While Doug Ford says that he stands up for ‘the little guy,’ the experience of workers…


Letter: Ross Romano’s dismissal of workplace injury shows disrespect to all workers

During an all-candidates’ debate last week in Sault Ste.Marie, PC candidate Ross Romano suggested that a workplace injury sustained by NDP candidate Michele McCleave-Kennedy, was not significant because she was injured on the job “by children”. By dismissing Ms. McCleave-Kennedy’s occupational injury, Mr. Romano not only showed his lack of respect for the work of…


Day of Action for CUPE 3903 at York to close university gates Friday May 4

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will hold a Day of Action for CUPE 3903 at York University this Friday, May 4, 2018. Strikers and their supporters will be blocking entrances to York University. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday, OFL affiliates, Labour Councils, as well as community and campus supporters will join…


Violence and harassment in the workplace must be stopped

Too often, workers face dangers at work: from temp workers killed or injured on factory lines, to workers exposed to harmful chemicals, to violence and harassment on the job and domestic violence, which too often goes unrecognized as a workplace hazard. Sadly, too many employers ignore regulations that protect their employees. Tragic worker deaths and…


OFL statement on the Toronto van attack

The Ontario Federation of Labour joins with our affiliates, the working people of Ontario, and all Canadians in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of those that perished in the Toronto van attack of April 23, 2018. Our hearts go out to the survivors, colleagues, friends, and families and all those who are affected.…


Find your local events for PRIDE 2018

PRIDE events throughout Ontario begin in April and are being kicked off in Guelph and runs through the summer until Peterborough’s September Pride. Find events near you, or check the OFL events calendar. To download the events flyer, click here. APRIL Guelph Pride April 28 – May 14 MAY Elliot Lake May 25 –…


Support for Workers’ Comp is a Right Campaign

Download the letter from Chris Buckley here. Download the OFL’s Workers’ Compensation Lobby Kit here. Download the Package for Allies here.  At the OFL convention in November, delegates voted unanimously to endorse the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) Workers’ Comp is a Right campaign. It’s a province-wide campaign, with participating injured worker groups…


Seeking nominations for the OFL Solidarity and Pride Champion Award

Click here to download the Nomination Form. Click here to download the Award Criteria. Greetings: 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…


This International Women’s Day, push for pay equity

On International Women’s Day, the Ontario Federation of Labour celebrates hard-fought wins and ongoing efforts for achieving equality for women.  Across our movement women are making change for themselves and for generations to come; we see those changes every day, but we celebrate them especially on International Women’s Day. Women in leadership across the Ontario…


OFL President Buckley demands labour unity and an end to raiding

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley today issued a tough call for the restoration of unity in the province’s labour movement and an immediate end to raiding of some unions by others. The practice of raiding is not new, as history has proven – it only serves to disrupt and divide us.…


OFL and Prevention Link Welcome Ontario’s New Chief Prevention Officer

Statement from Rob Halpin, Executive Director of the Ontario Federation of Labour and Prevention Link (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and Prevention Link warmly welcomes Ron Kelusky, a veteran in the occupational health and safety sector, as the new Chief Prevention Officer for the province. We are all responsible — employers, supervisors…


Workplace posters on rights we won in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

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…


Valentine deliveries to more than 200 Tim Hortons on Feb 13 to support Tim Hortons workers

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontarians are delivering Valentines to workers at more than 200 Tim Hortons outlets today; valentines that contain messages of support and additional information about workplace rights. This action comes on the heels of a National Day of Action January 19, which saw rallies at over 50 Tim Hortons locations across Canada. “Valentine’s…


January 29: Vigils for remembrance, one year after the Quebec Mosque massacre

On January 29, 2017, six worshippers were killed during the evening prayer at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City:  Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Many others were injured in the attack. The OFL signed on to an open letter calling on the government to declare Jan 29…


Across Canada, rallies demand fair treatment for #TimHortons Workers

(Toronto, ON) – Today, across Canada, rallies are being held at more than 40 Tim Hortons locations from Nova Scotia to Vancouver to tell RBI Inc., the parent company of Tim Hortons, that it must take action to guarantee fair work for its employees. Following widespread revelations that Tim Hortons workers were losing paid breaks and…


Media Advisory – Day of Action in support of #TimHortons Workers

(Toronto, ON) –  Friday January 19, 2018 is the National Day of Action in Support of Tim Hortons Workers. Following widespread revelations that Tim Hortons workers were losing paid breaks and benefits in response to Ontario’s increase to the minimum wage, the labour movement, community organizations, and the broader public mobilized to protest the rollbacks.…


January 19, National Day of Action to support Tim Hortons Workers

Check out the locations below and join an action to support Tim Hortons workers on Friday, January 19, National Day of Action! The pressure on Tim Hortons, and the parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI), is heating up. This past Monday, a delegation of community activists, faith based leaders and the labour movement delivered…