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OFL Statement for December 18, 2015 International Migrants Day

 OFL STATEMENT December 17, 2015 Trudeau and Wynne Must Act Together to End the Exploitation of Migrant Workers OFL Statement for December 18, 2015 International Migrants Day “For far too long migrant workers have been denied equal rights in Canada. They have been subjected to government raids, recruiter corruption, employer exploitation, poverty wages, squalid conditions, […]

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Province-Wide Rallies Challenge Austerity Cuts and Privatization

Hospitals are facing a crisis, hydro is being privatized, student debt is mounting and inequality is rising. The situation facing so many Ontario families and their communities seems bleak, but public pressure can turn things around. We can’t do it without your help. Join a province-wide rally against austerity, in favour of a stronger Ontario, […]

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OFL Statement for December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day

OFL STATEMENT December 09, 2015 Canadians Must Respond to Humanitarian Crises at Home and Abroad OFL Statement for December 10, 2015, International Human Rights Day December 10 is celebrated around the world as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights […]

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Meet the OFL Officers

In a packed convention hall at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel, 1539 delegates to the OFL’s November 2015 Biennial Convention elected a new leadership team. Chris Buckley (President), Patty Coates (Secretary-Treasurer) and Ahmad Gaied (Executive Vice-President) were elected to lead Ontario’s house of labour. This is your chance to get to know a little about the […]

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OFL Statement for December 6, 2015, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2015 Defiant Feminism in the Face of Violence: OFL Statement for December 6, 2015, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6 marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered because they were women. The École Polytechnique was not only […]

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OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2015 No One With a Disability Should Be Made to Feel Invisible OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2015 December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population […]

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#FEDFORWARD Team Elected to Lead the Ontario Federation of Labour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2015 #FEDFORWARD Team Elected to Lead the Ontario Federation of Labour: Chris Buckley (Unifor), Patty Coates (OSSTF) and Ahmad Gaied Receive Strong Mandate (TORONTO, ON) ─ In a packed convention hall at Toronto’s Sheraton Centre Hotel, 1539 delegates to the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) 2015 Biennial Convention elected a […]

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RELEASE: Ontario Takes Last Place in Jobs, Social Programs and Income Equality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Ontario Takes Last Place in Jobs, Social Programs and Income Equality: New Report Says Fully Half of Ontarians are Caught in a Backslide (Toronto, Ontario) – An Ontario-wide coalition of more than 90 labour and community groups concerned with growing inequality released an alarming report today that […]

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OFL Statement on the Paris Attacks, Refugees and the Path to Peace

November 16, 2015 OFL Statement on the Paris Attacks, Refugees and the Path to Peace By Sid Ryan, OFL President The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. Ontario workers are united in our sympathy and solidarity with the victims, their families, friends and, indeed, the people of France who […]

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Whistleblower Report Exposes WSIB Interference in Medical Care: Doctors Allege Injured Workers are Re-Victimized by the Compensation System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2015 Whistleblower Report Exposes WSIB Interference in Medical Care: Doctors Allege Injured Workers are Re-Victimized by the Compensation System (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) today released a damning report exposing interference on the part of the Workplace […]

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New Report: Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals

Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals INTRODUCTION In September of this year, Dr. Brenda Steinnagel filed a lawsuit against her employer and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), alleging that she was fired by the clinic she worked for at the behest […]

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ADVISORY: OFL, Injured Workers & Medical Professionals Release Whistleblower Report Exposing WSIB Interference in Medical Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL, Injured Workers & Medical Professionals Release Whistleblower Report Exposing WSIB Interference in Medical Care (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) released a whistleblower report today to expose interference on the part of the Workplace Safety […]

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Only criminal investigations into Markham and Sudbury workplace fatalities can reveal the truth behind the tragedies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 2, 2015 Only criminal investigations into Markham and Sudbury workplace fatalities can reveal the truth behind the tragedies (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling on the Chiefs of Police in Markham and Sudbury to ensure that criminal investigations are conducted into recent workplace fatalities to […]

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Sun Media Op-Ed: NDP lost election by veering to the right (Sid Ryan, Oct. 26, 2015)

Guest column appearing in the Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton Sun newspapers NDP lost election by veering to the right Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour Special to Postmedia Network (Sunday, October 25, 2015 08:10 PM EDT) Click here to read and share the column from the Toronto Sun website. —- […]

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Harper’s Record on Income, Inequality and Canada’s Social Safety Net

With October 19th Election only days away, the Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour has put together a fact sheet, entitled “Ruthless: The Harper Record on Income, Inequality and Canada’s Social Safety Net.” This informative document reminds voters about the Harper cuts to Old Age Security, Health Care, Arts and Culture, Women’s […]

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Sun Media Op-Ed: “Mulcair, not Trudeau, can beat Harper” (Sid Ryan, Oct. 10, 2015)

Mulcair, not Trudeau, can beat Harper Guest Column by Sid Ryan, published in the Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton Sun Newspapers on Sat. Oct. 10 2015. http://www.torontosun.com/2015/10/09/mulcair-not-trudeau-can-beat-harper Flash back to the final weeks of the federal election in May 2011. Election forecasters were prematurely dismissing a strong early surge from the NDP as a […]

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Sid Ryan’s President’s Report – Fall 2015

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT September 28, 2015 Sisters and Brothers, I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement – to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. What I do next, what issues I champion, what challenges I tackle, […]

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Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan

 Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan The Ontario Federation of Labour president says he won’t seek re-election and considers his legacy as a union leader By: Sid Ryan Published on Tue Sep 22 2015 | Toronto Star I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement […]

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OFL Young Workers’ Assembly – Nov. 21 to 22, 2015

The OFL Young Workers’ Committee will be hosting the second Young Workers’ Assembly on November 21 and 22, 2015, immediately preceding the 13th Biennial OFL Convention (November 23-27, 2015). This informative and instructive session is open to all young worker delegates to Convention and young worker activists. It will include a full day of educational […]

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OFL Calls NDP Prescription Drug Plan the ‘Missing Piece’ in Canadian Medicare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2015 OFL Calls NDP Prescription Drug Plan the ‘Missing Piece’ in Canadian Medicare Sid Ryan to Join an NDP Canvass Saturday in the Contentious Riding of Brampton East (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded NDP Leader Thomas Muclair’s pledge to establish a universal prescription drug plan […]

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OFL Labour Day Statement: It’s Time for Workers to Demand the Change They Want

Happy Labour Day! Please help spread labour’s message this weekend by sharing the OFL 2015 Labour Day Statement with this sample tweet: It’s time for workers to demand the change they want! Read @SidRyan_OFL‘s #LabourDay statement: http://ow.ly/RQK7L #CanLab @OFLabour To get involved in Labour Day events in your region, visit the CLC website for a full list: http://canadianlabour.ca/sites/default/files/media/Events-List-%202015-09-01.pdf […]

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RELEASE: Canada’s Largest Provincial Labour Federation Endorses Thomas Mulcair’s NDP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2015 Canada’s Largest Provincial Labour Federation Endorses Thomas Mulcair’s NDP OFL Issues Labour Day Call for One Million Workers to Unite Behind Every Ontario NDP Candidate (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) today declared its full support for the federal NDP to form the next government of […]

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Special Toronto Star Supplement on Unions Features the OFL

Be sure to pick up a copy of the September 3, 2015 edition of the Toronto Star to find a special Labour Day supplement on unions. The forward and front page ad for this unique section were donated to the OFL to promote a Labour Day message on behalf of Ontario’s workers. The special section […]

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There is a Better Choice: VOTE NDP!

During past nine years of a Harper-led government, the Conservatives have proven that they will trample the rights of all who stand in their path. Environmentalists who opposed the tar sands, fracking and oil pipelines got a taste of this when Public Safety Minister Vic Toews listed them as “eco-extremists.” Union members have been reminded of […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Campaign to Stop Harper Rolls into Oshawa with a Mass Labour Canvass for NDP Candidate Mary Fowler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL Campaign to Stop Harper Rolls into Oshawa with a Mass Labour Canvass for NDP Candidate Mary Fowler (OSHAWA, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is rolling out a campaign to “Stop Harper” and the first stop is in the newly drafted riding of Oshawa. The OFL, […]

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5 Facts About the NDP’s $15 Minimum Wage Strategy

“The NDP’s $15 federal minimum wage strategy is exactly what working families in Canada need. Tom Mulcair and the federal New Democratic Party are on the mark with their minimum wage strategy. A rising tide lifts all boats, and one way to reverse the trend of growing income inequality is a livable wage – a […]

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Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Show the Unity and Leadership Harper Has Failed to Deliver

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2015  MEDIA RELEASE  Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Show the Unity and Leadership Harper Has Failed to Deliver (ST. JOHN’S, NL) – At the kickoff of the Council of the Federation meeting, Canada’s labour leaders called on the provincial and territorial premiers to come together with unprecedented […]

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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Announce Labour’s Support for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2015  MEDIA AVAILABILITY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Announce Labour’s Support for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate (TORONTO, ON) ─ On Sunday, July 5, Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will join thousands of Indigenous, environmental, labour and community activists in demanding a justice-based transition […]

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Mass Rally in Toronto on July 5 to demand ‘Jobs, Justice and the Climate’

In what some are calling an unprecedented alliance, labour unions joined forces with environmental activists and Indigenous communities across Canada on May 21, 2015, to announce plans for the July 5 “March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.” The table was set by internationally acclaimed author and activist, Naomi Klein, whose award-winning book “This Changes […]

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Call for Nominations: OFL 2015 Convention Awards

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the upcoming OFL 13th Biennial Convention Awards: Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award Bob Borch Human Rights Award Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award OFL Cultural Award Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety OFL Young Workers’ […]

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NEW DATE! Register Now for the Workers of Colour Symposium on November 21, 2015

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be holding a Workers of Colour Symposium on November 21, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, in the Civic Ballroom North. The Symposium will allow a safe space for participants to discuss racism, discrimination, social and economic inequities in the labour movement, workplaces […]

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Reforming Labour Laws: There’s a Lot on the line

Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line. It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back. Today there is […]

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OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships

The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships for 2015. Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to each receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to support […]

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ADVISORY: Injured Workers’ Day Rally at Queen’s Park to Stop the Cuts to Workers’ Compensation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 29, 2015 Injured Workers’ Day Rally at Queen’s Park to Stop the Cuts to Workers’ Compensation (TORONTO, ON) ─ On Monday, June 1, the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) and the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) are marking the 33rd annual Injured Workers’ Day with a rally at […]

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OFL Submission and Briefing Notes on Ontario Budget Bill 91

This month the Ontario’s Liberal government released its budget for 2015-2016. The budget’s implementation legislation is Bill 91, Building Ontario Up Act (Budget Measures), 2015, is a “Harper-style” omnibus bill that contains many measures, including provisions to create the new administrative and investment body for the ORPP, and to privatize Hydro One (Read the OFL […]

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OFL request causes OPP to consider new charges against Orillia-area contractor for workplace fatality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, May 25, 2015 OFL request causes OPP to consider new charges against Orillia-area contractor for workplace fatality Weekend mining death near Timmins reinvigorates call for criminal investigations ATTENTION: Assignment Editors for Parry Sound, Algonquin, Timmins & Queen’s Park (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling on police […]

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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2015

OFL STATEMENT May 17, 2015 Standing Up and Speaking Out as Proud Allies: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2015 Around the world, May 17 is recognized as a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and Queer-identified (LGBTQ) people. On […]

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2015 Ontario LGBTQ Pride Event Listings

LGBTQ Pride 2015 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 the past […]

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ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join Sudbury Teachers on the Picket Line

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join Sudbury Teachers on the Picket Line (SUDBURY, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will be joining OSSTF District 3 President James Clyke and striking Sudbury high school teachers on the picket lines on Tuesday, May 12, at 11:30 […]

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ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join OSSTF Protest at London Office of Minister Deb Matthews

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join OSSTF Protest at London Office of Minister Deb Matthews (LONDON, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will be joining Thames Valley education workers in a protest at Minister Deb Matthews’ London Constituency Office on Friday, May 8 from […]

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OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2015

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2015 South Asians Helped to Build Ontario, as Workers and as Citizens OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2015 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 last month that 70,000 […]

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Ontario Common Front South Asian Community Activism Awards – May 23, 2015

South Asian Community Activism Awards 2015 Join the community and labour as we come together to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month and recognize community activists. Performances | Dinner | D.J. | Dancing May 23, 2015 − 7:00 pm Sagan Banquet Hall − 7180 Edwards Blvd − Mississauga, Ontario [map it!] Buy Tickets! Individual: $70 Table […]

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OFL Demands to Know Why the WSIB is Covering Up 1,150 deaths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2015  OFL Demands to Know Why the WSIB is Covering Up 1,150 deaths (TORONTO, ON) – As Ontario workers and their families gather today in communities across the province to recognize April 28 as the “Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job,” they will also be […]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Seeking justice for fallen workers (Toronto Star, April 28, 2015)

Opinion / Commentary Seeking justice for fallen workers On the “Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job,” it isn’t enough to remember the dead; we must also protect the living. By: Sid Ryan Published on Mon Apr 27 2015. Click here to view the original. It was a scene of twisted […]

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African Canadian Summit Seeks to Make #BlackVotesMatter

By nearly every measure, the African Canadian community across Ontario experiences markedly disproportionate rates of poverty, high school drop-out, child welfare, unemployment, violence and incarceration. While there have been some meaningful responses from the municipal, provincial and federal governments to the levels of disparity faced by the African Canadian community, such as Ontario’s Youth Action […]

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OFL Says Ontario Budget Sells False Choices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2015 OFL Says Ontario Budget Sells False Choices (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) said the Ontario Budget sells Ontarians short by choosing privatization over tax reform. The result will be a damaging and irreversible legacy that entrenches the economic divide, erodes public services and leaves a […]

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ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2015 ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement   (TORONTO, ON) ─ Organizers of the Ontario Common Front Anti-Poverty Assembly are anticipating over 500 people to participate in the two-day conference this weekend in Toronto. Topping the roster of impressive […]

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Tories Attack Injured Workers’ Support

Ontario Conservative Labour Critic Randy Hillier rose in the House on March 25, 2015, to open up a new attack on injured workers across the province. In his inflammatory remarks during the morning Question Period, Hillier called on the government to scrap funding for the OFL’s Occupational Disability Response Team (ODRT), a program he characterized […]

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Joint OFL/ONIWG WCB Conference & March: Honouring 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation

The Ontario Federation of Labour and Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups are sponsoring an exciting Workers’ Compensation conference, June 1-2 at the USW Hall in downtown Toronto.  The purpose of this conference is to celebrate 100 years of Workers Compensation, to assess the relevance of the fundamental principles of our current system and to […]

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OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 8, 2015

OFL STATEMENT April 8, 2015 None Can Stay Silent in the Face of Bullying OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 8, 2015 Today the Ontario Federation of Labour calls upon workers across the province to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in your workplace, or […]

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In Memoriam: Gloria David

Ontario’s labour movement lost a proud trade unionist and an anti-racist activist last month with the passing of Gloria David. Hailing from OPSEU Local 532, Gloria invested decades of energy into building a strong local, both as Secretary and as President. She brought forward her passion and talents as a member of the OPSEU Provincial […]

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OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2015

OFL STATEMENT March 21, 2015 Poverty and Precarious Work Propel Ontario’s Racial Divide: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2015 Ontario remains a wealthy province inflicted with the disease of poverty, but the effects of this crisis of inequality are not evenly felt across society. Racialized people […]

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OFL & Ontario Common Front to Host Anti-Poverty Assembly from April 17-18, 2015

Ontario remains a wealthy province inflicted with the disease of poverty. The only way to reverse the trend towards greater inequality is through broad and diverse organizing to demand meaningful change at every level. The Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour are calling on you to join students, workers, retirees and community […]

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OFL Mourns Passing of John Eleen (1922 – 2015)

It is with great sadness that the Ontario Federation of Labour mourns the loss of former Research Director, John Eleen. Serving the OFL for 23 years, John was a proud trade unionist and active member of the NDP. “The OFL extends condolences and heartfelt solidarity to the  family and friends of John Eleen. He was […]

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OFL Says Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Harassment Must be Properly Funded and Representative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2015 OFL Says Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Harassment Must be Properly Funded and Representative (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes the Government of Ontario’s action plan to address sexual violence and harassment but argues that the plan can only be effective if it is […]

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OFL Statement on International Women’s Day 2015

OFL STATEMENT March 6, 2015 Women are Taking on the Anti-Worker Agenda: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2015 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 […]

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VIDEO: Solidarity Rally for CUPE 3902

University of Toronto educational workers went on legal strike on February 27, 2015 against precarious work and poverty salaries. The Ontario Federation of Labour organized a rally on March 5 to support CUPE 3902. The OFL will continue to rally with CUPE 3902 until a fair settlement is reached … after all, their working conditions […]

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Register Now! OFL Women’s Leadership Summit, May 1-3, 2015

OFL Women’s Leadership Summit Unifor Family Education Centre, May 1-3, 2015 Dear Sisters and Brothers: We are excited to announce our 2nd OFL Women’s Leadership Summit! I am writing to invite you to sponsor Sisters from your Union to attend. This is a unique opportunity for women in your union to come together with like-minded […]

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OFL Welcomes Labour Law Review as Pathway Out of Poverty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2015 OFL Welcomes Labour Law Review as Pathway Out of Poverty (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomed Tuesday’s Ministry of Labour appointment of a special advisory to review the Ontario’s labour and employment standards. “This is a once in a generation opportunity to modernize Ontario’s out-dated […]

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OFL Submission on the ORPP Calls for an End to Retirement Insecurity

Summary Every Ontarian deserves security and dignity in retirement and yet by every measure most workers face the prospect of an uncertain future. Despite public demand, provincial support and sustained lobbying from Canada’s labour movement, the Harper government has repeatedly rejected the call for an expanded Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The result is a desperate […]

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#SolidariTweet: Social Media Workshop for Labour Activists

This workshop was developed by Joel Duff, Communications Director of the Ontario Federation of Labour, and is all about how to use social media tools to advance our activism online. Download an editable PowerPoint presentation deck for this workshop so you can modify it to educate labour activists in your union and community. You can […]

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A Tribute to Activism: OFL Human Rights Director Janice Gairey Retires

OFL Human Rights Director Janice Gairey Retires The OFL said goodbye and good luck to lifelong union and equity activist, Janice Gairey, who retired this January. While her tenure as an OFL Director was only 11 years long, Janice’s career as a labour activist and union organizer spans four decades. However, her ongoing work as […]

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OFL Statement by Sid Ryan: Labour Unions Will Challenge Past and Future Laws Armed with Supreme Court Ruling on Right to Strike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2015 OFL Statement by Sid Ryan: Labour Unions Will Challenge Past and Future Laws Armed with Supreme Court Ruling on Right to Strike “Today’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling is a game-changer in Canadian labour relations. Over the past decade we have seen governments at every level unilaterally strip a […]

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OFL Statement: Honour Black Heritage by Fighting for Equity

OFL STATEMENT January 30, 2015  Honour Black Heritage by Fighting for Equity: OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February, 2015 Most of us will never have heard of Rose Fortune or David George. They were among the first Black Loyalists to arrive in Nova Scotia following the U.S. War of Independence, which […]

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OFL/CLC Op-Ed: Ontario’s new pension should mirror CPP (Peterborough Examiner | Kingston Whig Standard)

Ontario’s new pension should mirror CPP The Peterborough Examiner | Kingston Whig Standard Thu Jan 22 2015  Pages: A4 | A5 (respectively)‎ Section: Editorial/Opinion  Byline: HASSAN YUSSUFF AND SID RYAN, GUEST COLUMNISTS  The 17,500 Target workers laid off last week face some tough choices. Many worked part-time, meaning their access to Employment Insurance is limited, […]

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ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan available to media before and after Ontario’s kick-off pension consultation in Kingston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan available to media before and after Ontario’s kick-off pension consultation in Kingston (KINGSTON, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will be available to media this Thursday immediately before and after the Ontario Government’s Kingston consultation on the proposed Ontario Retirement […]

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International Women’s Day 2015 – Order Posters & Pins by Feb. 10

Greetings Sisters & Brothers: I am writing to invite your union to participate in the fifth year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee. This year’s project reflects women’s spirit, sisterhood and solidarity. Both the pewter pin and poster are a work of art that our members and community will wear […]

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OFL RELEASE: Ontario Court Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2015 Ontario Court Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail OFL Calls for Criminal Charges Against New Mex Canada (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded yesterday’s Ontario Court conviction against furniture retailer, New Mex Canada Inc., for a 2013 workplace […]

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OFL & CLC Team Up to Take on the 2015 Federal Election

Sisters and Brothers, Working people in Canada are facing some of the most difficult challenges in history but 2015 marks a pivotal year of opportunity as well. With a federal election guaranteed to take place no later than October 19, 2015, the CLC and OFL have teamed up with local labour councils to host a […]

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