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Statement on the deaths on Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752

The OFL sends its deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all those who died in the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight PS752. Each victim of this tragedy was important in their community and family. As names of those who perished are released today, we are learning that many of them were…


2019 – Power of Many Year in Review

This year, labour and community have been hard at work defending the rights of Ontarians. We know that we have the Power of Many and we can push back against Conservative government cuts. They have backed down on some cuts to autism services, the planned upload of Toronto’s transit system, and paused their changes to social…


Coalition of Ontario unions to launch Charter challenge, vowing to defend the rights of all Ontarians with aggressive campaign to repeal Bill 124

(TORONTO, ON) – Today, ten Ontario unions representing more than 250,000 thousand affected broader public sector employees, announced their intention to launch a coordinated Charter challenge against Bill 124. As well, the Ontario Labour movement, with the Power of Many, will be initiating an aggressive campaign to repeal Bill 124. The joint Charter challenge announced today is being…


OFL stands in solidarity with striking OSSTF members

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) stands in solidarity with the more than 60,000 members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) who are taking one-day strike action to defend our province’s public education system. The OFL encourages students and parents, its 54 affiliated unions, provincial labour councils, and all labour and community activists…


Doug Ford’s attacks on workers continue

Op ed by OFL Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates, originally published in the Toronto Star, October 31, 2019 Everyone is talking about the Progressive Conservatives setting a new, more cooperative tone in this session of the Ontario legislature. Workers in this province aren’t feeling it. Minimum wage workers continue to struggle on $14 an hour after the…


BREAKING: Premier Ford’s office occupied indefinitely to demand immediate action to prevent workplace deaths

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2019 – Community and labour leaders began an indefinite occupation of Premier Doug Ford’s constituency office at 823 Albion Road in Etobicoke today, demanding his signature on Section 83(4) of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) to prevent further workplace deaths in Ontario. To ensure that companies using temp agency workers are held financially…


Safeguarding our education system: OFL statement on education workers’ legal job action

The OFL stands in solidarity with the more than 55,000 members of CUPE’s Ontario School Board Council of Unions (OSBCU) taking legal job action today, in order to secure the education services and resources that students in Ontario need.  “Students in this province deserve properly funded education services, not government cuts that are tearing the public education…


OFL Convention 2019 Awards – Call for Nominations

Download the call for nominations The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the upcoming OFL 15thBiennial Convention Awards:  Bob Borch Human Rights Award, Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award, Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award, OFL Cultural Award, Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety,…


OFL Statement: We stand with Hong Kong. An Injury to One is an injury to all.

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) joins with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and unions across Canada in calling for an end to the violence against pro-democracy protestors. The OFL stands in solidarity with our brave sisters and brothers in Hong Kong protesting the Hong Kong Extradition Bill, and condemns the use of violence, repression and threats against these protestors by those in power. The OFL calls for the demands set out by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKTCU) for respect for the rule of law and democracy to be met full and without delay. The OFL calls for the demands set out by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKTCU) for respect for the rule of law and democracy to be met full and without delay.


OFL mourns former Executive Vice-President Ken Signoretti

The OFL sends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues on the death of Ken Signoretti, who served as Executive Vice-President of the Ontario Federation of Labour from 1988 to 1997.  “Ken’s work for this organization, and his active leadership on issues of workers comp and on the OFL Health and Safety Committee was part…


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There is a lot at stake in Ontario. The government’s regressive policies threaten public services like education and health care, decent work, equality and justice, as well as safe and healthy workplaces and communities. Ontarians are not accepting these sweeping changes to the services we depend on. Together, we bring the Power of Many to…