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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 […]

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Unveiling the International Women’s Day Poster and Pin Design!

You can now watch how the OFL International Women’s Day lapel pins are made here. Your union is invited to participate in the seventh year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is “Celebrating Solidarity and Sisterhood”. Both the pewter pin and poster […]

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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 […]

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Full house for Brampton and Mississauga Assembly for Decent Work shows Ontarians want fairness, says Ontario Federation of Labour

There was a full house at the Gore Meadows Community Centre for the Brampton and Mississauga Assembly for Decent Work, a workshop on lobbying MPPs for fair employment laws. Former federal MP Olivia Chow led over 200 participants, teaching the skills needed to successfully lobby their MPPs. Workshop participants practiced telling their stories to illustrate […]

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International Human Rights Day: Stand up for someone’s rights today and every day!

December 10 is celebrated around the world as International Human Rights Day. It marks the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This historic document is heralded for setting out fundamental human rights that would be universally protected and which set a common standard of achievement for […]

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OFL Women’s Leadership Summit March 24 – March 26, 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers: We are excited to announce our 3rd OFL Women’s Leadership Summit! This is a unique opportunity for union women to come together with like-minded trade union and community Sisters to share information about skill building, strategy and the incredible opportunities for women in the labour movement. Women are now the majority […]

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OFL committed to protecting worker health and safety through upcoming consultations on Schedule 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is committing to fully engaging in the upcoming consultations through the Ministry of Labour, in relationship to Bill 70, Budget Measures Act, Schedule 16 which would see the development of a voluntary new health and safety accreditation program for Ontario workplaces. The act was […]

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This December 6: Let our mourning fuel our work toward the end of violence against women and girls

This December 6 marks the 27th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre. Today, we remember the 14 women who were separated from their male classmates and murdered, only because they were women. This senseless act shocked our nation and remains a catalyst for collective action to end violence against women. Two of the women […]

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Safe workplaces for all: remove Schedule 16!

OFL Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs My name is Patty Coates and I am the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). Also joining me today is Rob Halpin, Acting Director of Government Relations at the OFL. Special thank you to the clerk’s office – for their work in […]

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Domestic Violence Goes to Work Every Day: A Bargaining Guide

Ontario unions are pledging to negotiate paid leave for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in all collective agreements. To support this negotiation table priority, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has just released a guide for unions titled Domestic Violence Goes To Work Every Day: A Bargaining Guide. Click here to download Domestic Violence Goes […]

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Saving lives, protecting jobs: Ontario labour unions pledge to bargain for paid leave for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

Toronto, Ontario — Ontario unions have signed a pledge, as organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour, to negotiate paid leave for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in all collective agreements. This announcement comes one day before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and with Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence […]

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Pledge to Make Paid Leave for Sexual and Domestic Violence Survivors a Collective Bargaining Priority

No One Should Need to Choose Between Their Safety and Their Job The Ontario labour movement has a strong tradition of fighting for social and economic justice for the workers they represent and the broader community. In addition to a higher standard of living, unions fight for respect, equality and freedom from violence. As a […]

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Solidarity Rally for PSAC members at Blue Water Bridge – Sunday, November 27

  PSAC members at Blue Water Bridge are on strike, after trying to negotiate a new contract for two years! This coming Sunday, there will be a solidarity rally in support of the 47 workers in Point Edward, just outside of Sarnia. Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., everyone will all […]

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Letter to The Honourable Marc Garneau re: PSAC 501 – Blue Water Bridge workers’ negotiations

November 17, 2016 The Honourable Marc Garneau House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Garneau: Re: Potential labour disruption at Blue Water Bridge I am writing to add the voice of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), which represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario, to the PSAC call for you […]

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Sign the petition in support of Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 2016

The OFL is joining with cross-sector community partners including justice, health, education, violence against women, among others, strongly supporting Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 2016. Bill 26 speaks to the pressing need to support victims of sexual and domestic violence with paid time off to see a doctor, attend a crisis centre, find […]

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Letter to the candidates in the Ottawa-Vanier byelection

November 14, 2016 Dear Candidates, The by-election for Ottawa-Vanier has been called at a time where a significant number of constituents in your riding are precariously employed. This means that they receive low pay and few – if any – workplace benefits, have little or no job security, face constantly changing work scheduling, and are […]

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Letter to the candidates in the Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection

November 14, 2016 Dear Candidates, The by-election for Niagara West–Glanbrook has been called at a time where a significant number of constituents in your riding are precariously employed. This means that they receive low pay and few – if any – workplace benefits, have little or no job security, face constantly changing work scheduling, and […]

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Press Release: To make it prosperous, make it fair

(Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, and expects that the implementation of a highly-skilled workforce strategy will play a role in stemming the growth of precarious employment. The OFL calls on the government to ensure that it continues the work for fairness that […]

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OFL Letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne on Domestic Violence leave: When you’re

View this letter as PDF Download the petition in support of Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 201 November 2, 2016 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne, The evidence is clear maintaining stable employment is a key pathway […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour Launches Prevention Program for Injured Workers

Prevention Link, Program Centralizes Services for Disability Prevention at Work  (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to launch Prevention Link, a program promoting a culture of safety and improved return-to-work outcomes throughout Ontario. This holistic and comprehensive disability prevention program supports the vision, goals and priorities outlined in the Chief […]

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Job Opportunity: Secretary-Administrative Assistant

The Ontario Federation of Labour represents 54 unions and is the voice of working people across the province. The OFL pushes for legislative changes numerous policy areas including employment standards and minimum wage, health, education, workplace safety, human rights, women’s rights, workers’ compensation and pensions. The OFL is seeking a new secretary/administrative assistant to join the […]

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OPEN LETTER RE: Allegations of Islamophobia and anti-black racism, York Region District School Board

October 31, 2016 SENT VIA EMAIL Honourable Mitzie Hunter Minister of Education Ministry of Education 22nd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2 Email: mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org; — and — Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris Associate Minister of Education Ministry of Education 22nd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2 Email: inaidoo-harris.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org Dear […]

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OFL Submission on the Anti-Racism Directorate

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to make a submission to the Anti-Racism Directorate on how to effectively address systemic racism across Ontario. To read the OFL submission on the Anti-Racism Directorate, please click here.

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OFL endorses the November 2 National Student Day of Action

Canada’s education system is in a crisis of rising fees, skyrocketing student debt and increased privatization. The average Canadian student owes $28,000 in student debt at graduation. This high upfront cost of education is increasingly a barrier for middle and working class learners, with 60 per cent of Canada’s post-secondary students today coming from the […]

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OFL presentation to the standing committee on Bill 64: Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act, 2016

Presentation to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly October 19, 2016   My name is Ahmad Gaied, and I am the Executive Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to Bill 64: Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act, 2016. Also joining me today is Thevaki […]

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OFL Submission to the Changing Workplaces Review

Download the OFL submission to the Changing Workplaces Review here.   Letter from OFL Officers to the Changing Workplaces Review: October 14, 2016 Dear C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray, On behalf of our 54 affiliates, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) commends both of you for the 2016 Changing Workplaces Review: Special […]

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Read the Fall issue of the Action Report

Download the fall issue of the Action Report here. LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS BUCKLEY Sisters and Brothers, I write this almost one year into the term of the OFL leadership. Since we began we have been working diligently to reinvigorate the OFL, and I am proud to say that our efforts are taking root. In […]

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Five thousand rally to demand change from the Ontario Government

Oct 1, 2016 (Toronto) – Five thousand workers and their families rallied today at Queen’s Park to demand meaningful changes to Ontario’s employment laws. The Rally marks the beginning of the Week for Decent Work, October 1-7. Over the course of the week Ontarians are asked to connect with their MPPs and share information about […]

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Make it Fair Campaign Lobby Kit

For the first time in two decades, the Government of Ontario is reviewing both the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. This process, titled the ‘Changing Workplaces Review,’ is looking at how to tackle the rampant growth in precarious work. The review represents a oncein- a-generation opportunity to make major changes that would […]

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Saturday: Workers stories to be highlighted as thousands rally for fair employment standards

Sept 30, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ This Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Queen’s Park, there will be a rally mobilized by the Labour movement and its community partners. Precarious workers will share their stories to underscore the need for changes in the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. The Rally for Decent Work […]

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Urgent Appeal from Ontario’s Labour Leaders – October 1st rally for Decent Work

Greetings! We’re writing to you to make an urgent appeal to attend the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park on October 1st at 1:00 p.m. Thousands of workers and community members will come together to demand decent jobs for all Ontarians, a fairer economy and a better province. You have the opportunity to join the growing […]

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Thousands of Ontarians to Rally for Decent Work October 1 at Queen’s Park

September 28, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ The labour movement, alongside community partners, will be mobilizing thousands of Ontarians for the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. The Rally for Decent Work coincides with the government’s Changing Workplaces Review, which offers options for updating Ontario’s long-outdated employment laws. […]

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OFL urges unions across Ontario to participate in the Anti-Racism Directorate public hearings across the province

The Ontario Government has launched public community meetings to hear from the public and organizations on addressing systemic racism and eliminating barriers for Indigenous and racialized communities. Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism, will host nine public community meetings to hear from Ontarians about how to address systemic racism and implement meaningful change. The OFL […]

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JOB POSTING: OFL Prevention Project Return-To-Work Regional Co-ordinator

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers and is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation. The OFL’s Prevention Project is seeking two (2) Return-To-Work Regional Co-ordinators to lead the Prevention Project’s disability prevention services efforts. The Return-To-Work Regional Co-ordinator will oversee the delivery of training services to workers and groups of […]

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Government investment in business must first consider health and safety records

September 15, 2016 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto ON M7A 1A1 Re: Government investment in business must first consider health and safety records Dear Premier: I listened with great interest to the Speech from the Throne earlier this week as your government made the creation of good jobs a […]

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Personal Emergency Leave Submission for the Changing Workplace Review

The Government of Ontario is reviewing its labour and employment laws through the Changing Workplace Review (CWR). As part of that review, they invited submissions on possible changes to policies around Personal Emergency Leave.  To download a PDF of the OFL submission below, click here. Personal Emergency Leave Submission for the Changing Workplace Review by the Ontario […]

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Government Must Prioritize Ontario Workers

Sept. 12, Toronto, Ontario — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased that in today’s Throne Speech the Government of Ontario has committed to creating childcare spaces, recommitted to its Indigenous Health Action Plan, offered a hydro rebate for people across Ontario, and promised to create more good jobs for Ontarians. However, any job creation […]

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OFL Calls for Justice and Safe Working Conditions for All Temp Agency Workers

The OFL sends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the young woman killed when a conveyor belt caught her clothing on September 2, 2016 at Fiera Foods, in Toronto’s West End. She was sent to work at the Fiera plant by a temp agency and had been on the job less than three […]

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The OFL Supports the ONDP Call to Make It Easier to Join a Union

TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds the Ontario NDP call to reinstate card-check certification, and assistance for first contract arbitration once a union is in place. Card-check certification would make it easier for Ontario workers to join a union. Current laws require that in order to unionize, employees must sign a union card […]

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This Labour Day we celebrate our victories, and continue the fight

This Labour Day is a special one for Ontario. Our out-dated labour laws are under review. Whether or not you’re in a union, if you work for a living, these changes to Ontario’s laws will affect you. Anyone working (or looking for work) today can see that the landscape of the employment world has changed […]

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It’s time to close the gender wage gap with action

(TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to see the Steering Committee recommendations for closing the gender wage gap, combined with the immediate steps that will be taken by government. These recommendations must now go beyond examination and evaluation of the gender wage gap across sectors to developing concrete policies and […]

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Advisory: OFL joins CUPW to Rally for Pensions, Pay Equity and Fairness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   August 8, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ Since the beginning of this year, 18,000 members of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) whom work for Canada Post have unjustifiably been without a contract and have been locked in drawn-out negotiations over equal pay for rural postal workers, job security and pension structure. The Canadian […]

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The OFL Calls for the Eradication of Systemic Racism and Lethal Force in Policing

OFL Statement August 4, 2016 Abdirahman Abdi’s Death Cannot Be In Vain The OFL Calls for the Eradication of Systemic Racism and Lethal Force in Policing The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is disheartened and outraged at the death of a defenseless black man after a violent confrontation with police, in Ottawa, and calls on […]

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Letter to Premier Wynne and Minister Flynn: Changing Workplaces Review Special Advisors’ Interim Report

On August 3, 2016, the OFL sent a letter to Premier Wynne and Minister Flynn applauding the release of the Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report and commending the Special Advisors’ efforts, rigour and attention to detail in producing the report. The OFL renewed calls to the Premier and minister for a major overhaul to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act and the province’s […]

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Interim “Changing Workplaces Review” Report should be a Springboard for Employment Reforms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      July 27, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes the release of the Interim Report from the Government of Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review. The report lays out the parameters for action to improve and modernize Ontario’s outdated employment laws. The report summarizes the many challenges facing employees in […]

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OFL Conference: Violence & Harassment in the Workplace

The Ontario Federation of Labour will hold an important one-day conference, to address new legislative changes in Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) as they relate to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters. The conference will convene at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the OFL Building, 15 Gervais Drive, […]

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Advisory: Canada’s Labour Leaders To All Premiers: Make Life Better For Vulnerable Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         July 15, 2016 (Toronto, Ontario) – Ahead of the Council of the Federation meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon on July 20-22, Canada’s labour leaders are calling on the provincial and territorial premiers to make Canada’s most vulnerable workers the focus of their talks. “This is the first time the premiers have met in […]

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Advisory: OFL joins Legal Aid Lawyers’ Picket for Fairness and a Union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2016 Wednesday: OFL joins Legal Aid Lawyers’ Picket for Fairness and a Union (TORONTO, ON) ─ Since 2012, the Ontario Liberals have ignored repeated calls from Legal Aid lawyers for collective bargaining rights with the union of their choice, The Society of Energy Professionals. The Society of Energy Professionals, Ontario […]

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Letter to the Prime Minister: STOP the imminent and unjustified Canada Post lock out and negotiate a fair deal with the union

On July 5 2016, OFL sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging him to take immediate action to prevent the imminent lock out and service disruption at Canada Post, this summer. The time to take action is now! Canada Post locked postal workers out in 2011 until the Conservatives forced them back to work with legislation […]

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Time for Ontario to Follow Alberta’s Leadership on a $15 Minimum Wage by 2018

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds the Government of Alberta’s plan to implement a $15 minimum wage by 2018. The OFL is calling on the Wynne government to follow Alberta’s bold leadership, by making $15 minimum wage its standard for workers across Ontario. “There are 1.7 million workers in Ontario who currently earn wages that […]

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This year, take the campaign to Pride!

Together, we’ve Got PRIDE. Getting and keeping a good job; safe, respectful communities; health benefits for us and our loved ones…these are all LGBTQ issues and we need strong labour unions to get them. Ontario unions have marched side-by-side with the LGBTQ community to secure legal, social and economic rights such as: Protection from workplace […]

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Make It Fair: Precarious Work Survey

We want to hear your thoughts on precarious work! The OFL’s Make It Fair campaign is reaching out to talk to Ontarians about their experiences of precarious (involuntary part-time, casual, contract, temporary, unsafe work), as well as the experiences of their family and friends. This survey is a great tool for kicking off important conversations with […]

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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016

OFL STATEMENT May 17, 2016 Generations United Against Homophobia and Transphobia: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016 Around the world, 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, […]

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Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out (BRAMPTON, ON) ─ Two workplace fatalities at separate sites in Brampton put a pall on workers and family members across Ontario. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling […]

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Support for Fresh Taste Workers – Day of Action on May 5 at 7 a.m.

Thursday’s solidarity rally has been cancelled because the Fresh Taste Produce workers won their first contract on Tuesday, May 3, 2016! Many congratulations to Teamsters Local Union 419 and the many community and labour supporters who swung in behind this group courageous Tibetan workers to help them fight for fairness. However, it shouldn’t be this […]

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OFL Letter to Premier Wynne and Minister MacCharles, RE: Ontario Autism Program

On March 29, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Tracey MacCharles, announced the Wynne Government’s new Ontario Autism Program, which proposed to reduce wait times for intensive therapy by drastically cutting eligibility for these vital interventions. Under the new regime, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) will be limited to children between the ages of 2 and […]

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Support Time to Care Act, Bill 188

CUPE Ontario’s “Time to Care” campaign has been leading the charge to change the standard of care in long-term care homes. NDP MPP France Gélinas tabled a private members bill, but it needs public action to win government support. The  Email your local Member of Provincial Parliament to call on them to support Bill 188, […]

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Toronto Star Op-Ed: Ontario labour laws failing vulnerable workers (Chris Buckley, May 1, 2016)

On May 1, 2016, OFL President Chris Buckley published an opinion column in the Toronto Star, arguing that the striking Fresh Taste produce workers are a poster case for labour law reform in Ontario. Read the full column below and support the solidarity rally for Fresh Taste workers this Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 am: […]

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OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2016

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2016 Standing with Asian & South Asian Workers Against Income Inequality OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2016 Across Ontario, workers are joining Asian and South Asian communities in recognizing May as both Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month. However, while the Ontario Federation […]

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Teddy Bears Picket for Library Workers: Sat. Apr. 30, from 11am to 1pm

WHEN: April 30, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square 100 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 CONTACT: Event website CUPE Local 4948, representing workers at the Toronto Public Library, have been leading the fight against precarious work in the city. Library workers at a critical stage in bargaining with […]

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OFL Statement on National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28, 2016

OFL STATEMENT April 26, 2016 Workplace Safety Must be Canada’s Bottom Line OFL Statement on National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28, 2016 Thursday, April 28 is the labour movement’s most solemn day. Thousands of workers, friends and families of fallen workers will gather at ceremonies across […]

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Read the Spring Issue of the OFL Action Report

Download the spring issue of the OFL Action Report. LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS BUCKLEY Sisters and Brothers, We are less than six months into the first term of your new OFL leadership and I am proud to report that we have made significant strides in the commitments that we made to you back at our […]

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Letter to Government of Canada: Call for an Asbestos Ban

On March 31, 2016, the OFL sent letters to the Federal Minister of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and the Minister of Science to call for a national ban on all asbestos products. To download PDF versions of the letters, click on Min. Mihychuk or Min. Duncan. March 31, 2016 The Honourable MaryAnn […]

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2016 Ontario Pride Events

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. Labour unions have played a vital, […]

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May 8: Mother’s Day “Stroller Rally” to Support Maternity Leave

In December 2015, Gilary Massa, a member of CUPE 1281, was fired while on maternity leave. Please join us in taking action to support Gilary and defend the rights of new parents across the country. Supporters are coming together under the #IStandWithGilary campaign to demand Gilary’s reinstatement. You can help in the following ways: Attend the […]

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Court Ruling Against Bill 115 Secures Charter Rights of Every Worker

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2016 Court Ruling Against Bill 115 Secures Charter Rights of Every Worker OFL Calls on Premier Wynne to Bring Balance and Fairness to Labour Laws (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded yesterday’s Ontario Superior Court ruling upholding the collective bargaining rights of educational workers, including their […]

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OPSEU Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Re-Join OFL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 OPSEU Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Re-Join OFL (TORONTO, ON) ─ At their annual convention Thursday, 1,700 delegates of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) voted 93.8 percent in favour of restoring their membership in the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). It was a decision met with thunderous applause. […]

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OFL calls on Premier Wynne to fight for an expanded Canada Pension Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 OFL calls on Premier Wynne to fight for an expanded Canada Pension Plan (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called today’s release of the final design details of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP) a step toward retirement security for Ontario workers, but he […]

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OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 13, 2016

OFL STATEMENT April 12, 2016 End the Silence on Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 13, 2016 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 support […]

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Letter to RSU: Immediate Reinstatement of Gilary Massa

On April 8, 2016, the OFL sent a letter to Andrea Bartlett, President Ryerson Students’ Union, to oppose the shameful and illegal termination of Gilary Massa, just three months into her maternity leave. The OFL is calling on unions, community groups and concerned citizens to show support for Gilary by sending similar letters to President […]

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Apply Today for 2016 Post-Secondary Scholarships!

Apply Today for 2016 Scholarships! The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the annual OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships. Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to each receive a scholarship in the amount […]

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OFL Urges Ontario Government to Halt the Sale of Hydro One

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2016 OFL Urges Ontario Government to Halt the Sale of Hydro One (TORONTO, ON) ─ As the Ontario Government gears up to sell off another 74.2 million shares in Hydro One, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling for an immediate moratorium on the sale of the province’s hydro […]

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In Memoriam: Jim Freeman (March 17, 1955 – April 4, 2016)

Click here to download the memorial tribute to Jim Freeman produced by the OFL, CLC and regional labour councils. Join a Celebration of Jim’s Life: Friday, April 8, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Mount Lawn Funeral Home (Reception Room), 21 Garrard Rd. in Whitby. The labour movement will also be hosting a […]

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OFL Applauds Ontario NDP Support for a $15 Minimum Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2016 OFL Applauds Ontario NDP Support for a $15 Minimum Wage (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes an announcement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, pledging her party’s support for a $15 minimum wage. The OFL is part of a broad coalition of labour unions and […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2016 Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has joined the chorus of community groups and organizations from a broad and diverse cross-section of society that are calling for action on the demands brought forward to […]

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OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2016

OFL STATEMENT March 10, 2016 Racism and Islamophobia are Barriers to an Equal Society: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2016 By every measure, Ontario has the fastest growing rates of poverty and inequality out of every province in Canada, but the effects of this epidemic are […]

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OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016

OFL STATEMENT March 3, 2016 Women Can’t Wait 100 Years to End Wage Discrimination OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016 Based on the current rate of progress, it will take over 100 years before women earn the same wages as men. In Ontario today, even though women now account […]

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RELEASE: Ontario budget throws public services under the infrastructure bus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2016 Ontario budget throws public services under the infrastructure bus Modest program improvements clawed back by cuts and privatization (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley welcomed the thawing of the freeze on hospital funding and improvements to access for college and university students, but […]

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OFL Job Posting: Campaign Organizer

February 24, 2016 Job Posting: Campaign Organizer The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation, representing approximately one million workers. The OFL is seeking an experienced campaign organizer to lead the organization’s new campaign on labour law reform. Join a small, dynamic team of elected leaders, social justice advocates and other […]

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OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2016 OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded today’s Ontario Government announcement about the creation of a new Anti-Racism Directorate to work in collaboration with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The OFL […]

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OFL Job Posting: Controller/Comptroller (Deadline: Feb. 20, 2016)

This job posting is formally hosted on CPA | Source website. The description and instructions below apply to that site and are reproduced here for information purposes. Please visit the official listing at: https://www.cpasource.com/job-details/136702-Controller-Comptroller-Ontario-Federation-of-Labour Company Name Ontario Federation of Labour Job Title Controller/Comptroller Available To Members of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Posting number 136702 […]

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STRIKE AVERTED! Feb. 2 Taxi Protest Cancelled

Taxi drivers from across the GTA extend their thanks to supporters from all sectors. The United Taxi Workers’ Association has called off current taxi strike plans but they ask community members to continue to boycott illegal online taxi services, like UberX, that are undermining good jobs, public safety and fair play!

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Read the First Issue of the Re-Named “OFL Action Report”

Download the first issue of the re-named “OFL Action Report” LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS BUCKLEY Sisters and Brothers, At our November 2015 Convention, the delegates of the Ontario Federation of Labour elected a new leadership team to pull Ontario’s labour movement together in unprecedented unity and solidarity. The timing couldn’t have been more critical. The […]

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OFL Pre-Budget Submission Calls for the Ontario We Want

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is the voice of Ontario at work. With 54 affiliated unions representing working people from across the province, from all social, economic, and ethnic groups, over half of whom are women, we campaign for equity and equality for every Ontarian. Together, we have the power to make real and […]

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OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February 2016

OFL STATEMENT February 1, 2016 Ending Racism is a Collective Obligation OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February 2016 Across Canada, the month of February is recognized as Black History Month and the social, cultural and economic contributions of Black people and people of African and Caribbean descent are celebrated. However, the […]

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OFL, Injured Workers and Medical Professionals File Official Request for Ombuds Ontario Investigation into the WSIB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 29, 2016 OFL, Injured Workers and Medical Professionals File Official Request for Ombuds Ontario Investigation into the WSIB (TORONTO, ON) ─ Following up on a bombshell report released last November, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) filed a formal complaint with Ontario […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Officers to join thousands for Hamilton Day of Action to defend steel jobs, pensions and manufacturing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2016 ADVISORY: OFL Officers to join thousands for Hamilton Day of Action to defend steel jobs, pensions and manufacturing (HAMILTON, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be joining thousands of workers and community members at a Hamilton rally on Saturday to support good jobs, pensions and Canadian […]

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OFL calls the ORPP a big, bold step forward, but called for a united plan to end exclusions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       January 26, 2016  OFL calls the ORPP a big, bold step forward, but called for a united plan to end exclusions (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called the details of Ontario’s new public pension plan a big, bold step towards retirement security and called on […]

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STAND UP FOR STEEL: Hamilton Rally, Jan. 30, 2016

BUSES TO TRAVEL TO HAMILTON FOR JAN. 30 RALLY FOR STEEL JOBS Join thousands traveling to Hamilton for a January 30 rally to defend good jobs and the pensions of Steelworker retirees that are currently under attack. Let’s rally together for our Steel industry, to keep producing, to stop the CCAA courts from hurting our […]

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OFL Drafts Plan to End the Gender Wage Gap

The OFL joined with anti-poverty groups and other pay equity advocates to echo the call of the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition’s 2008 Framework for Action. The OFL made a submission to the Ontario Gender Wage Gap Strategy to call on the government to commit to a plan that would close Ontario’s 31.5% gender pay gap […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultations

FOR RELEASE AT 10:00 AM January 19, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultations (OTTAWA, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ottawa on January 22 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Sault Ste. Marie Pre-Budget Consultations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Sault Ste. Marie Pre-Budget Consultations (SAULT STE. MARIE, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Sault Ste. Marie on January 21 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Thunder Bay Pre-Budget Consultations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Thunder Bay Pre-Budget Consultations (THUNDER BAY, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Thunder Bay on January 20 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Windsor Pre-Budget Consultations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016 ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Windsor Pre-Budget Consultations (WINDSOR, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Windsor on January 19 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will be joining […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Hamilton Pre-Budget Consultations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016 ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Hamilton Pre-Budget Consultations (HAMILTON, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Hamilton on January 18 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will be joining […]

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Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2016 ADVISORY: Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest (TORONTO, ON) ─ Next week, when Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ontario six cities for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front […]

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International Women’s Day 2016 – Order Posters & Pins by Feb. 10, 2016

Greetings Sisters & Brothers: I am writing to invite your union to participate in the sixth year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme celebrates women’s Sisterhood, Solidarity and Strength. Both the pewter pin and poster are a work of art that […]

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Historic Jail Sentence Sends Strong Message to Ontario Employers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2016 OFL: Historic Jail Sentence Sends Strong Message to Ontario Employers (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called today’s jail sentence for Metron Construction Project Manager Vadim Kazenelson a historic decision that will send a strong message to every employer in the province. Ontario […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Anticipates Historic Jail Sentence in Metron Construction Tragedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2016  ADVISORY: OFL Anticipates Historic Jail Sentence in Metron Construction Tragedy (Toronto) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is bracing itself for a historic verdict at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016, when the sentence will be announced for a Metron Construction Project Manager. Vadim Kazenelson is facing […]

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OFL 2016-2017 Action Plan

The Ontario Federation of Labour held its 13th Biennial Convention, under the aspirational banner “The Ontario We Want,” from November 23 to 27, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. At that convention, the members laid out a bold new vision for labour action with the adoption of the 2016-2017 Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Action […]

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