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OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day

OFL STATEMENT December 18, 2013 OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day Ontario’s shameful treatment of migrant workers made headlines throughout 2013, after scandal, exploitation and abuse attracted unprecedented public exposure to the misuse of the Temporary Foreign Workers’ Program (TFWP). […]

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LETTER: Invest in CPP; don’t gamble with PRPPs

LETTER TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO: Dear Honourable Premier and Honourable Minister: Re: Canada Pension Plan vs. Pooled Registered Retirement Pension Plans (“PRPPs”) We write in regard to your government’s call for submissions about PRPPs. PRPPs are products supported by the financial services industry. Essentially, they would be much like group RRSPs – relatively expensive […]

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RELEASE: Drastic cuts to Canada Post demonstrate lack of imagination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2013 Media Release Drastic cuts to Canada Post demonstrate lack of imagination (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan expressed concerns that cuts and rate hikes announced by Canada Post today will have a negative impact on average Canadians and set the crown corporation on a […]

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OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day

OFL STATEMENT December 10, 2013 Mandela’s Legacy Inspires Workers to Renew Commitment to Justice and Equality for All OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, vision with action can change the world” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) This year, […]

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OFL Statement for December 6, 2013, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2013  Rising Together Against Violence Against Women: OFL Statement for December 6, 2013, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (TORONTO) — As Ontarians gather in cities and towns across the province to remember the women victims of gender-based violence, Ontario’s labour movement recommits to concrete actions to […]

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Liberal Bill Must Be First Step Towards Stronger Protections For Vulnerable Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2013 OFL says Liberal bill must be first step towards stronger protections for vulnerable workers (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan welcomes long overdue protections for vulnerable workers, but cautions that new legislation introduced by the governing Liberals does not go far enough to protect […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Stages Downtown Rally to Demand a $14 Minimum Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2013 ADVISORY: OFL Stages Downtown Rally to Demand a $14 Minimum Wage (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour plans to shut down its biennial convention on Wednesday to organize a mass rally in the centre of Toronto’s retail district to demand an increase in Ontario’s minimum wage. “The […]

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OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan applauded yesterday’s Ontario Court conviction of roofing company owner, Paul Markewycz, for a 2011 workplace tragedy that […]

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ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario’s labour movement is gearing up to challenge Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s anti-worker agenda. Two weeks after a leaked copy of the Tory leaders’ campaign strategy revealed an attack on workers’ rights […]

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ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario’s labour movement is gearing up to challenge Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s anti-worker agenda. Two weeks after a leaked copy of the Tory leaders’ campaign strategy revealed an attack on workers’ rights […]

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Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013

OFL STATEMENT November 19, 2013 Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013 Every year, November 20 is recognized around the world as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). It is meant as a day to challenge prejudice and hatred, to memorialize those who […]

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Letter to Minister Duguid: Canada Jobs Grant

November 4, 2013 Honourable Brad Duguid Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities 3rd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, ON  M7A 1L2 Dear Minister Duguid: We are writing to express our concern about the federal government proposal to divert funding away from existing Labour Market Agreements to a new Canada Job Grant program. Your […]

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Advisory: Rally for Fairness Saturday in Bonfield

For immediate release October 03, 2013 Media Advisory: Rally for Fairness Saturday in Bonfield Labour leaders and workers from across Ontario to rally with striking Bonfield municipal workers Saturday, October 5, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (BONFIELD, ONTARIO) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and North Bay District […]

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OFL Workers of Colour Assembly ─ ‘The Rising of US All’ (Nov. 23, 2013)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be holding its second Workers of Colour one day Assembly organized by the OFL Workers of Colour Committee and cosponsored by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF), Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition (LATUC) and the […]

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OFL Young Workers’ Assembly ─ ‘Young Workers Rising’ (Nov. 23-24, 2013)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The OFL Workers Under 30 Committee will be hosting the first Young Workers’ Assembly on November 23 and 24, 2013, immediately preceding the 12th Biennial OFL Convention. This informative and instructive session is open to all young workers and will include a full day of educational sessions and discussion […]

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Obituary for Union Veteran Orville Thacker – 1932 to 2013

Local union veteran Orville Thacker ‘changed the face of the labour movement’’ By Terry Pender Those who knew Orville Thacker believe his heart has a label that says: “Union Made.” The veteran trade-unionist died Monday. He was 81. For the first time in memory Thacker did not attend the Labour Day picnic this year. He […]

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Remembering Linda Ann Jolley – 1945 to 2013

Obituary: Linda Ann Jolley Quietly, in her 68th year, Linda passed away at home, on September 24, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Doug Felice, she is survived by her nephew Malcolm, her sister-in-law Jennifer, and her step-sons Craig and Christopher (Nakiea) and Christopher’s children Kiara and Cruz. Linda lived a life of passionate advocacy for […]

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: CONVENTION PHOTOGRAPHY

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking a photographer for its 2013 biennial convention, held from November 25 to 29, 2013. PHOTO ASSIGNMENT Photographs of speakers, presenters, performers and delegates. This will include photographs of speakers at the podium and floor microphones, as well as casual photos of delegates. Photos will also be required […]

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OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013

OFL STATEMENT September 26, 2013 Women Workers Making History – Inside Unions and Out: OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013 Many unions and federations now have policies that designate seats on leadership bodies for women and other equity groups. In Canada, this process began in 1983 when the Ontario Federation of Labour […]

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OFL Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner – Nov. 28, 2013

Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner –  Nominations and Tickets The Ontario Federation of Labour will host the 1st Biennial Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner at the upcoming convention. The dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 28, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto. As past president […]

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Conference on Workers’ Compensation – Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2013

No “Half Measures” is an international conference on workers’ compensation 100 years after Sir William Meredith presented his options for reform that would remove injustice for injured workers. “…Half measures which mitigate but do not remove injustice are, in my judgment, to be avoided. It would be the gravest mistake if questions were to be […]

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 – GET ON A BUS TO #RALLY4FAIRNESS IN BONFIELD!

The Ontario Federation of Labour is calling on all affiliates to rally on Saturday, October 5 in support of CUPE Local 4616 members in Bonfield, Ontario.

 These sisters and brothers, who provide municipal services to support people in the township, were forced into a defensive strike on August 1. The employer was demanding major concessions […]

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OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2013 OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) blasted the criminal justice system for failing to bring criminal charges against Vale Canada Limited and its executives for the 2011 deaths of two miners in Vale’s Stobie Mine […]

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OFL Letter to Federal Transit Minister: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities

September 19, 2013 Hon. Lisa Raitt Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Raitt: Subject: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities On behalf of over one million unionized workers in Ontario, I am writing to urge you to respond to a recent open letter from Amalgamated Transit Union Local […]

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ATU 1624 Campaign Aims to Put Fatigue Fatalities in Government Headlights

After years of working diligently to boost public awareness about the tragic issue of driver fatigue, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1624 has launched a campaign to call on the Federal Ministry of Transportation to legislate safer rules to regulate the hours of service of motor coach drivers. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators […]

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OFL Applauds Successful Appeal that Slaps $750,000 Fine Against Metron Construction in Deaths of Four Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2013 OFL Applauds Successful Appeal that Slaps $750,000 Fine Against Metron Construction in Deaths of Four Workers (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan applauded yesterday’s appeal court decision to increase the fine against Metron Construction from $200,000 to 750,000 for the 2009 deaths of […]

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OFL Report Shows that American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Hurt Workers and Economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2013 OFL Report Shows that American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Hurt Workers and Economy (TORONTO, ON) – An Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) report on American-style, anti-worker laws demonstrates the devastating impact such legislation would have on the Ontario economy and reveals the hidden agenda of Hudak’s Conservatives, the Fraser Institute and […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Report Showing How American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Will Hurt Canadian Economy: Release Tues., Sept. 3.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2013 OFL ADVISORY: Report Showing How American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Will Hurt Canadian Economy: Release Tues., Sept. 3. (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will publicly release a report on Tuesday, September 3 that examines the devastating impact that American-style, anti-worker laws would have on the Ontario economy […]

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OFL Awards Post-Secondary Scholarship to Talented New Students

For 29 years, the OFL has awarded two scholarships for post-secondary studies, worth $2,000 each, in honour of retired or deceased trade union activists who have contributed to the labour movement in Ontario. This year, a record number of applications were submitted and the winners were selected by a subcommittee of the OFL’s Workers Under […]

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Unions put people at the centre of Ontario’s growth: OFL Statement on Labour Day 2013

OFL STATEMENT August 30, 2013 Unions put people at the centre of Ontario’s growth: OFL Statement on Labour Day 2013 For generations, parents have held dear the expectation that their hard work would deliver a brighter future and improved fortunes for their children and their grandchildren. However, today’s youth are predicted to become the first […]

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OFL unveils life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2013 OFL unveils life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront (TORONTO, ON) –The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) marked the second anniversary of the passing of Jack Layton by unveiling a life-sized bronze sculpture of the beloved NDP Leader riding in the back seat of a tandem bicycle. […]

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ADVISORY: OFL to unveil life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2013 ADVISORY: OFL to unveil life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will unveil a beautiful bronze sculpture of Jack Layton on the second anniversary of the passing of the beloved NDP leader, in tribute to Jack’s dedication to […]

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OFL says murder charges for death of Sammy Yatim are only the first step to justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2013 OFL says murder charges for death of Sammy Yatim are only the first step to justice (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) responded to news that Constable James Forcillo will be charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Toronto teen Sammy Yatim by […]

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COME TO UNVEILING OF THE OFL JACK LAYTON MEMORIAL STATUE, AUG 22

I would like to invite you to the unveiling of a bronze statue of Jack Layton on the anniversary of his passing. This event will coincide with the City of Toronto’s official naming of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and was made possible through the generous donations of hundreds of labour unions, businesses and individuals. […]

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OFL President to join Toronto Plaza Hotel workers in boycott rally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2013  OFL President to join Toronto Plaza Hotel workers in boycott rally (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan will join striking Toronto Plaza Hotel workers at Noon on Thursday, August 15 to announce support for a boycott of the hotel until a fair settlement is negotiated […]

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Media Conference with families of police shooting victims to call for action to stop bodies from piling up

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2013 ADVISORY: Media Conference with families of police shooting victims to call for action to stop bodies from piling up (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will co-host a media conference of family members of victims of police violence at the office of the Urban Alliance on Race […]

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OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2013 OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds yesterday’s announcement from Ontario Ombudsman André Marin that his office will be conducting an extensive probe into police guidelines in the wake of the fatal shooting of Toronto teen […]

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OFL Says the Toronto Police Services Board’s Failure to Follow Report Recommendations Led Directly to Death of Sammy Yatim

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2013 OFL Says the Toronto Police Services Board’s Failure to Follow Report Recommendations Led Directly to Death of Sammy Yatim (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) called the police shooting of Sammy Yatim a total failure of the Toronto policing system. In the wake of the fatal […]

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VIDEO: Thousands rally for medicare in Niagara-on-the-Lake

On Thursday, July 25, the Ontario Health Coalition and the Canadian Health Coalition hosted a great rally in Niagara-on-the-Lake to call on Canada’s premiers to put pressure on the Harper government to renew the Canada Health Accord. The OFL, along with many other labour unions and community groups played a significant role in helping to […]

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Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Oppose Harper’s Low-wage Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2013 Media Release Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Oppose Harper’s Low-wage Agenda (NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO) – At a meeting with Canada’s premiers, labour leaders from across the country called for unity among the provinces and territories in rejecting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s low-wage agenda. While the premiers gather […]

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HuffPost Blog: Ontario Premier Should Focus on Jobs (by Sid Ryan)

Good jobs are at the heart of healthy economies and communities, so when the premiers meet next week at the Council of the Federation, job creation should be a top priority. In Canada and Ontario we currently face many labour market challenges, including the rise of precarious work, growing numbers of migrant workers, cuts to […]

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RELEASE – Conviction in Sunrise case confirms failure of privatized TSSA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 4, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Conviction in Sunrise case confirms failure of privatized TSSA (Toronto, Ontario) – The guilty verdict in the Sunrise Propane case last week has thrust the incompetence of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) into the spotlight once again. The TSSA is responsible for protecting public […]

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OFL Letter to Premier Wynne on TSSA in Wake of Sunrise Tragedy

July 4, 2013 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne: Recent events have once again brought attention to the failure of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to adequately oversee and protect public safety in key areas such as fuel and elevators. Since […]

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Humanitarian Crisis is the Legacy of Colonialism: OFL Statement on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013

OFL STATEMENT June 21, 2013 Humanitarian Crisis is the Legacy of Colonialism: OFL Statement on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013 As many Canadians prepare for summer trips to camp grounds and cottages, the First Nations community and its allies will be building off of the strength of the Idle No More movement to mobilizing […]

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OFL Follow-Up Letter to Minister Naqvi on Elevator Worker Strike

June 10, 2013 Honourable Yasir Naqvi Minister of Labour 14th Floor 400 University Avenue Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Re:  Follow-up to June 5, 2013 Letter Dear Minister Naqvi: I am writing to follow-up on a letter sent to your office on June 5, 2013 that expressed concern about the threat to public safety that is […]

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Photos & Video: Elevator Worker Rally Gets Government Action

Today’s rally of hundreds of elevator workers and their supporters got immediate action from the Government of Ontario when the Ministry of Labour ordered both parties back to the table to resolve the labour dispute. These workers, who were being prevented from keeping the province’s 50,000 elevators in operation by an employer coalition that was […]

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RELEASE – OFL says employers are putting public safety at risk: Hundreds rally to bring employer back to the table

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 6, 2013            MEDIA RELEASE OFL says employers are putting public safety at risk: Hundreds rally to bring employer back to the table (Toronto, Ontario) – Hundreds rallied amid Toronto’s skyscrapers today to call on the Ministry of Labour to help end the ongoing elevator worker strike by forcing Ontario’s four […]

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HuffPost Blog: How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario (by Sid Ryan)

Huffington Post blog by Sid Ryan How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario Original article was published on June 5, 2013, read it here If you are one of the millions of Ontarians who lives in a high-rise or works in an office tower, you wake up every morning expecting to get […]

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OFL Letter to Minister Naqvi on Elevator Worker Strike

June 5, 2013 Honourable Yasir Naqvi Minister of Labour 14th Floor 400 University Avenue Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Dear Minister Naqvi: On May 1, 2013, elevator maintenance workers in Ontario were forced on strike by their employer, the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA), which is made up of four big companies – Otis, Kone, Schindler […]

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ADVISORY – Employer indifference puts lives at risk as 50,000 elevators breach provincial safety standards: Workers rally for strike settlement

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 6, 2013            MEDIA ADVISORY  Employer indifference puts lives at risk as 50,000 elevators breach provincial safety standards Workers rally for strike settlement (Toronto, Ontario) – One month after 1,400 Ontario elevator mechanics were forced on strike by an employer coalition with a near monopoly on elevator operation, nearly every one […]

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Take Part in the 30th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day: June 1

Take Part in the 30th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day Saturday June 1st, 2013 11:00 a.m. (overnight vigil begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday May 31st) Queen’s Park – Ontario Legislature (walk north from Queen’s Park Subway stop – College/University) Celebrate and call for justice for injured workers. Workers’ compensation is being destroyed to save employers […]

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LGBTQ Pride 2013

April 2013 LGBTQ Pride 2013 Dear Sisters and Brothers: Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Over […]

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Hate Must Be Challenged Every Day and in Every Way: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – May 17, 2013

OFL STATEMENT May 15, 2013 Hate Must Be Challenged Every Day and in Every Way OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2013 For the second year in a row, Ontario’s LGBTQ community and its allies are celebrating historic victories for the rights and protections of transgender people as part […]

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Damning Report Says Ontario is Failing Migrant Workers: OFL Calls on Wynne Government to Protect Rights of Vulnerable Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2013 Damning Report Says Ontario is Failing Migrant Workers OFL Calls on Wynne Government to Protect Rights of Vulnerable Workers (TORONTO, ON) ─ OFL calls on Ontario Government to respond immediately to a new report that gives the province shameful grades for failing to protect the rights of migrant workers. […]

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Workers’ Rights Should Know No Borders: OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2013

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2013 Workers’ Rights Should Know No Borders OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2013 Across Ontario, workers are joining the South Asian community in recognizing May as South Asian Heritage Month. However, this year’s celebrations are dampened by news of the April 24 collapse of a Bangladesh garment […]

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Modest Improvements Offer Little Relief in Austerity Budget: OFL Calls on Parties to Make Fairness the Focus of Budget Negotiations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Modest Improvements Offer Little Relief in Austerity Budget OFL Calls on Parties to Make Fairness the Focus of Budget Negotiations (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan welcomed modest measures in today’s Budget that responded to concerns identified in the People’s Budget but […]

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Without Justice, No Fallen Worker Can Rest in Peace: OFL Statement on Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28

OFL Statement April 24, 2013 Without Justice, No Fallen Worker Can Rest in Peace OFL Statement on Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28 Thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job will gather at ceremonies across Ontario this weekend to memorialize […]

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Clementine Ng: Remembering a Beloved Hotel Worker Activist

Clementine Ng: Remembering a Beloved Hotel Worker Activist It is with very heavy hearts and deep sadness that we say goodbye to the beloved hotel worker activist Clementine Ng. She was fighting for justice right up until her very last days of life. We will always love her and carry her in our hearts. “Clementine […]

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Release: OFL releases People’s Budget plan for Ontario: affordable measures to alleviate poverty, new infrastructure investment, and tax fairness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2013 OFL releases People’s Budget plan for Ontario: affordable measures to alleviate poverty, new infrastructure investment, and tax fairness More than 135 groups participated in nine-community public consultation (Toronto, Ontario) –The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) released a white paper today, A People’s Budget – Towards a Fair Ontario, which […]

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Bullying Only Thrives in the Shadows: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 10, 2013

 OFL STATEMENT April 10, 2013 Bullying Only Thrives in the Shadows: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 10, 2013 Last year, the Ontario government passed historic anti-bullying legislation, but the issue of bullying, and its traumatic consequences, remains a daily concern in the lives of too many people. The impact […]

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Letter to National Post: OFL pension security should be the standard, not the exception (Sid Ryan)

OFL pension security should be the standard, not the exception By Sid Ryan Letter to the Editor – National Post Originally appeared in print and online on April 4, 2013 Re: Labour federation struggles with deficits, pension bills, April 2. Pension adversaries and austerity hawks will get no validation from the Ontario Federation of Labour […]

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Peter Kormos: Warrior for the Working Class

Warrior for the Working Class Peter Kormos (1952-2013) Peter will be honoured with a Memorial Service at Pleasantview Funeral Home and Reception Centre in Thorold at 1 p.m. on May 11. Welland MPP Peter Kormos – a one-of-a-kind socialist cowboy and a stalwart in Ontario’s New Democratic Party for 23 years – hung up his […]

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EQUAL PAY DAY: APRIL 9, 2013

EQUAL PAY DAY: APRIL 9, 2013 Greetings Sisters and Brothers: In Ontario women are “in the red” because on average they earn 28% less than men, for work of equal value. I know it’s hard to believe in 2013 but it’s a fact, and the gap is even bigger for racialized women, women with disabilities […]

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Precarious Lives are the Legacy of Systemic Racism: Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2013

 OFL STATEMENT March 20, 2013 Precarious Lives are the Legacy of Systemic Racism: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2013 The legacy of Canada’s colonial history and current trends towards cuts to jobs and social programs continue to deliver a double blow to people of colour and […]

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Follow-Up Letter from Sid Ryan to Porter Airlines President Robert Deluce

March 15, 2013 Robert J. Deluce President and Chief Executive Officer Porter Airlines Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Toronto, ON M5V 1A1 Dear Robert Deluce, Thank you for your recent response to our letter in support of striking COPE 343 members. Your attempt to discredit the strikers and their union, however, will not contribute to […]

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2013 OFL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarship

2013 OFL’s LABOUR POST‐SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIPS The OFL is pleased to call for applications for its annual OFL’s Labour Post‐Secondary Scholarships. The OFL will award two scholarships worth $2,000 each to a member or the child of a member of a local union affiliated to the OFL. The scholarships are awarded in honour of distinguished trade […]

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OFL 3rd Aboriginal Gathering ─ Postponed (Dates TBD)

OFL 3rd Aboriginal Gathering ─ The Way the River Flows The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) 3rd Aboriginal Gathering has been postponed. The new dates will be announced. The OFL and its affiliates have a long history of activism and lobbying on Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit issues. This is a Gathering that is reaching out […]

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Advisory: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Kitchener-Waterloo region on March 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2013 MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Kitchener-Waterloo region on March 11 Campaign aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Kitchener, Ontario) – On Monday, March 11, residents of the Kitchener-Waterloo region will add their ideas to a province-wide consultation on Ontario’s financial […]

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Statement: Women Rise As Unions Rise: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2013

OFL STATEMENT March 7, 2013 Women Rise As Unions Rise: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2013 As millions of women around the world observe International Women’s Day, the Ontario Federation of Labour will proudly celebrate the role that unions have played in elevating the living standards of all women in Canada. […]

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Toronto Star Op-Ed: Canada-EU trade deal: No time for NDP to show moderation (Sid Ryan)

Canada-EU trade deal: No time for NDP to show moderation NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s “wait-and-see” approach to the Canada-European Union trade deal is dangerous, not moderate. By: Sid Ryan Published on Thursday, March 07, 2013 It is always uncomfortable to give public advice to a friend, but when he is about to head down a perilous […]

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Advisory: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Thunder Bay region on March 7

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2013 MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Thunder Bay region on March 7 Campaign aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Thunder Bay, Ontario) – On Thursday, March 7, residents of the Thunder Bay region will add their ideas to a province-wide consultation […]

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Advisory: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Sudbury region on March 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2013  MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Sudbury region on March 6 Campaign aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Sudbury, Ontario) – On Wednesday, March 6, residents of the Sudbury region will add their ideas to a province-wide consultation on Ontario’s financial […]

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Letter from Sid Ryan to Porter Airlines President Robert Deluce

March 1, 2013 Robert J. Deluce President and Chief Executive Officer Porter Airlines Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Toronto, ON  M5V 1A1 Dear Robert Deluce, I am writing to inform you that the Ontario Federation of Labour fully supports the striking COPE 343 members who work as airplane re-fuelers for your company, Porter Airlines. As […]

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Advisory: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Ottawa region on February 26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2013  MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Ottawa region on February 26 Campaign aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Sudbury, Ontario) – On Tuesday, February 26, residents of the National Capital Region will add their ideas to a province-wide consultation on Ontario’s […]

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RELEASE: New OFL discussion paper rejects the myths of austerity and urges new public policy focus on jobs, growth, and public services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE New OFL discussion paper rejects the myths of austerity and urges new public policy focus on jobs, growth, and public services Ontarians invited to participate in province-wide consultation that begins tonight in Brampton (Toronto, Ontario) –The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) released a discussion paper today calling […]

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Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed: Time to change the conversation on austerity (Sid Ryan & Alex Himelfarb)

Time to change the conversation on austerity By Sid Ryan and Alex Himelfarb, Ottawa Citizen Opinion Editorial February 24, 2013 7:04 PM There is an absence of confidence in politics these days. Each new government budget offers a new austerity menu of what we cannot do, what we must cut and who must tighten their […]

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ADVISORY: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Peel region on February 25th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2013 MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Peel region on February 25th Brampton Campaign Launch aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Brampton, Ontario) – On February 25, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will release a discussion paper calling for a changing […]

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RELEASE: OFL Considers Nominating Fraser Institute for “Union Organizer of the Year” Award for Championing Union Benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2013 Media Release OFL Considers Nominating Fraser Institute for “Union Organizer of the Year” Award for Championing Union Benefits (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan thanked the Fraser Institute – a right-wing think tank – for its release of today’s report highlighting the benefits of joining […]

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RELEASE: OFL Welcomes Throne Speech Overtures to Labour but is Eager for Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2013 Media Release OFL Welcomes Throne Speech Overtures to Labour but is Eager for Action (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan today welcomed a positive and constructive message from the first throne speech of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, but workers are eager for action. “Today’s throne […]

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Huffington Post Blog: Tories Attack Rand Formula to Silence Workers (By Sid Ryan)

[This Blog post originally appeared on the Huffington Post on February 14, 2013] The way that Conservative Members of Parliament like Pierre Poilievre go on about unions dues, you’d think they are familiar with the struggle of the average working person. However, unlike the millions of workers in Canada who are striving to make ends meet, […]

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Video: Rally for Rights and Democracy: The Full Story Behind the #J26Rally

On January 26, 30,000 people demonstrated outside the Ontario Liberal Convention for good jobs and public services. Watch the YouTube video here!    

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Watch this short video of the #J26Rally

On January 26, 30,000 people demonstrated outside the Ontario Liberal Convention for good jobs and public services. Watch the YouTube video here!  

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Feb 6-7: Memories and Movements in African Canadian History

Feb 6-7: Memories and Movements in African Canadian History Memories and Movements in African Canadian History will recognize the 100th anniversary of the death of freedom fighter Harriet Tubman and celebrate the Steelpan movement, which was born out of resistance and through its resilience continues to play an active role in the lives of Canadians. […]

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Feb. 28: Black History Month Event, “Where is Our Obama?”

Feb. 28: Black History Month Event, “Where is Our Obama?” Celebrate Black History Month with an intergenerational discussion on race and racism within the Canadian political system in preparation for the next federal election in 2015. The OFL will be co-hosting the event, “Where is our Obama?,” with the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance, the Coalition […]

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Statement: Celebrating History Through Action: OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February, 2013

OFL STATEMENT February 1, 2013  Celebrating History Through Action: OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February, 2013 As millions celebrate February as Black History Month, they will also be marking an  important milestone in the movement to abolish slavery: the 100 year anniversary of the passing of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Born into […]

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OFL calls on Ontario’s New Premier to Redefine Provincial Priorities Around an Economic Recovery that Includes Everyone

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2013 OFL calls on Ontario’s New Premier to Redefine Provincial Priorities Around an Economic Recovery that Includes Everyone (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario’s new Premier must meet the challenges left by her predecessor head on, according to the Ontario Federation of Labour. Newly elected Liberal Party Leader Kathleen Wynne must tackle […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: New Premier Faces Record Opposition: 30,000 Rally to Demand Restoration of Public Services and Democratic Rights

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2013 New Premier Faces Record Opposition: 30,000 Rally to Demand Restoration of Public Services and Democratic Rights (Toronto, Ontario) – Over 30,000 protesters descended on Maple Leaf Gardens this afternoon as Liberal Party delegates prepared to elect the next Premier of Ontario. Coming from every corner of the province and […]

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Media Advisory: Liberals to Elect New Premier Amid Unprecedented Protest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2013  Media Advisory: Liberals to Elect New Premier Amid Unprecedented Protest (Toronto, Ontario) – Whoever is elected to be the new Premier of Ontario will have to face the largest protest of the party’s eight years in government. “The Liberals have tried to pretend that their only opposition is from […]

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Ontario Liberals to Face Largest Protest Yet at #J26Rally: Over 100 Buses Booked and More are Rolling in Daily

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2013 Ontario Liberals to Face Largest Protest Yet at #J26Rally: Over 100 Buses Booked and More are Rolling in Daily (Toronto, Ontario) – With its Leadership Convention only a week away, the public backlash against the Ontario Liberal Party shows no signs of abating. The protest scheduled for 1:00 pm […]

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Rising Together Against Violence Against Women: OFL Statement in Support of One Billion Rising – February 14, 2013

 OFL STATEMENT January 17, 2013 Rising Together Against Violence Against Women: OFL Statement in Support of One Billion Rising – February 14, 2013 The Ontario Federation of Labour is joining with people around the world in a global movement to demand an end to violence against women and girls. One million workers in Ontario are […]

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International Women’s Day 2013 – Order Posters & Pins by Feb. 15

International Women’s Day (IWD) started in 1911 and is recognized annually around the world on March 8 to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This year, join the OFL in celebrating IWD by ordering posters and pins to distribute to your members. Order yours today! OFL’S IWD 2013 […]

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Advisory: OFL President to Join Chief Spence and Allies in Rally for Justice

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2013 OFL President to Join Chief Spence and Allies in Rally for Justice (Ottawa, Ontario) – As First Nations leaders prepare to meet with Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan will show the support of Ontario’s labour movement for Canada’s Aboriginal community by […]

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Metron Manager to Face Criminal Trial for Toronto High-Rise Fatalities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2013 Metron Manager to Face Criminal Trial for Toronto High-Rise Fatalities (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomed today’s Ontario Court decision that Metron Construction Project Manager Vadim Kazenelson will face a criminal trial for the deaths of four workers and the serious injury of another in 2009. […]

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