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OFL demands justice and safe working conditions for all workers

(Toronto) – On September 2, 2016, 23-year old Amina Diaby, a temp agency worker who had been on the job just two weeks, was killed at the Fiera Foods plant in Toronto. The OFL’s Kill a Worker, Go to Jail campaign confirmed that this was the third worker death at that location. The OFL calls…


OFL Letter to the Premier on the Upcoming Changing Workplaces Review Recommendations

To download this letter click here. May 16, 2017 Honourable Kathleen O. Wynne Premier of Ontario Room 281, Main Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne: With the awaited release of the Changing Workplaces Review’s final recommendations, workers in Ontario are expecting the government to stand up and fight for their…


OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

On 17 May 1990, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders. In commemoration of that decision, May 17 is recognized as the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia” – a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified…


OFL Urges Ontario Government to Stop the Sell-Off of Hydro One

This week, the government announced that it will be selling more Hydro One shares, leaving the government owning less than half of the public utility. The OFL calls on the Ontario government to halt its sale of Hydro One. With more than 80 per cent of Ontarians opposed to the sale of Hydro One, the…


OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2017

May is Asian and South Asian Heritage Month in Ontario. Across Ontario, workers are joining Asian and South Asian communities in celebrating the contributions of people from countries across Asia and South Asia to Canadian society. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) acknowledges and celebrates the rich history of Asian and South Asian Canadians and…


International Workers’ Day Statement: Workers will win decent work in Ontario and worldwide

On International Workers’ Day, the Ontario Federation of Labour reaffirms its commitment to fighting for the rights of all workers. For more than a century International Workers’ Day has celebrated the achievements of the labour movement including the establishment of labour standards, and occupational health and safety standards. Commemorating the hard-fought victories is important, but…


OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

On April 28, thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job are gathering at ceremonies across Ontario to commemorate the labour movement’s most solemn occasion, the annual Day of Mourning. They are hearing speakers repeat our motto: “Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living” On this day, we…


Racism and Islamophobia are Barriers to an Equal Society: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2017

Racism, bigotry and hatred know no boundaries, no borders, and no limits. Canadian headlines teem with tales of hate crimes. An Ottawa rabbi awoke to find a swastika spray-painted on her door. A Mississauga Jewish family had their home egged. An east Toronto neighbourhood was plastered with white supremacist recruitment posters. Muslim women have been…


Letter to the Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism from the OFL and Colour of Poverty–Colour of Change

March 10, 2017 Honourable Michael Coteau Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism 14th Floor, 56 Wellesley Street West Toronto, ON   M5S 2S3 Dear Minister Coteau, The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC) welcome several of the announcements made earlier this week around the government’s Three Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan, which includes the…


Ontario Federation of Labour Statement for International Women’s Day 2017

On International Women’s Day, in taking the time to reflect on the gains women have made toward equality, we must also set our sights on achieving true equality for women in all areas of life.   Right now, Ontario is reviewing its employment and labour laws. Recommendations are expected in the spring, and now is…


OFL endorses National Day of Action Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy

The Labour movement in Ontario stands with the Muslim community. We believe immigrants and refugees should not be turned away based on their religious beliefs, culture, country of origin or what the colour of their skin may be. Attacks on Muslims and racist and Islamophobic policies have no place in Ontario or Canada. The OFL…


This Black History Month recommit to stopping racism, prejudice and discrimination

February is Black History Month recognizing the social, cultural and economic contributions of Black people and people of African and Caribbean descent. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) believes that Black History Month must also be a time to reinforce the collective resolve of Canadian workers to be active and present in progressive movements to…


International Migrants Day: OFL Statement for December 18, 2016

This December 18, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is recognizing International Migrants Day by calling on both Federal and Ontario governments to implement legislative reforms to put an end to exploitation and abuse of migrant workers. Canada’s unions believe that no matter where you’re from, if you work in Canada, you should be treated…


OFL Best of 2016

2016 was a banner year for the Ontario Federation of Labour ! With a new leadership team, new and senior staff, increased engagement of labour councils, unions and activists across Ontario, we’ve been able to do a lot. Here’s a rundown of what we were able to accomplish together: Mobilized for six pre-budget rallies across…