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Stand together against hate

The Ontario Federation of Labour condemns the racist attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia and the rise in racist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic attacks in Canada and the United States. Racist attacks are on the rise in Canada. In recent times our country has seen the murder of six worshippers at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec, vandalism of […]

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Business lobby’s “Economic Impact Study” on Bill 148 fails to address the reality that past minimum wage increases prove that jobs are not at risk, says OFL

  (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour is raising serious concern about the validity of the assertions in the Keep Ontario Working (KOW) coalition’s commissioned economic impact analysis of Bill 148, conducted by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA). “The assertions released today by the corporate lobby is inaccurate, incomplete and just […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes NDP action to strengthen Bill 148

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes the proposal for amendments to Bill 148 announced today by the Ontario New Democratic Party. “If enacted, these amendments would strengthen the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act and deliver greater fairness to workplaces across the province,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “There’s no […]

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With amendments, Bill 148 can provide decent work for generations to come, says Ontario Federation of Labour

(TORONTO, ON) – The government has an opportunity to provide decent work for generations to come through Bill 148. The Bill makes some significant changes, including raising the minimum wage to $15 in 2019, that will advance the cause of decent work. However, with a few amendments, the bill could safeguard decent work for future […]

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Canada’s Labour Leaders to the Premiers: Canadians Need Life-Saving Pharmacare Plan

Canadian Labour Leaders urge Premiers to recommit to establishing a single-payer, universal prescription drug plan in Canada  (EDMONTON, ALBERTA) – Meeting in Alberta for events concurrent to the Council of the Federation, Labour Leaders from across Canada urge provincial and territorial Premiers to lobby the federal government for a national Pharmacare plan to ensure all […]

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Press Conference: Bill 148 and $15 minimum wage

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour and Fight for $15 and Fairness will present urgently needed changes to Bill 148 at a press conference at Queen’s Park on Friday, July 21. “The $15 minimum wage by 2019 must not be delayed,” said OFL President Chris Buckley. “Ontario’s government must also create the conditions […]

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OFL Convention 2017 Awards – Call for Nominations

To download the Nomination information click here. Bob Borch Human Rights Award Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award OFL Cultural Award Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety OFL Young Workers’ Award Prevention Link’s Disability Prevention Activist Award Deadline for Nominations: October 15, 2017 The Ontario Federation of […]

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Invitation: Solidarity breakfasts before Bill 148 hearings

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario Federation of Labour and local labour councils are holding a series of solidarity breakfasts across Ontario to celebrate the province-wide effort to improve the lives of working people. “I encourage everyone to attend these solidarity breakfasts. It is essential that workers make themselves heard at hearings on Bill 148, to ensure […]

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Economists support $15 minimum wage in Ontario

We, the undersigned economists, support the decision to increase the minimum wage in Ontario to $15 an hour. Raising the wage floor makes good economic sense. Today, Ontario’s minimum wage is $11.40 per hour. Adjusted for inflation, this is barely one dollar higher than its value in 1977. Yet over the same four decades, the […]

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OFL Proudly Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day and pledge to work for Truth and Reconciliation

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, and pledge to work for Truth and Reconciliation. Today is an important day to recognize the many contributions of the Indigenous Peoples of this land and is an occasion to reflect on the many challenges Indigenous Peoples still face. The […]

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Extra-billing causes hardship and must be stopped, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – The OFL supports the call by the Ontario Health Coalition for better regulation and enforcement of the Canada Health Act to prevent the charging of user fees across Canada. A recent survey conducted by the Ontario Health Coalition, showed that 88 clinics across Canada are charging unlawful user fees. “Privatization in health […]

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In memoriam: Stan Raper 1961 – 2017

The OFL mourns the passing of Brother Stan Raper, who died June 5. A staunch labour and farm worker advocate who worked on behalf of domestic and migrant agriculture workers for more than two decades, Raper was born in Fort Frances, Ontario in 1961. As a teenager and high school student, he learned first-hand about […]

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2017 Pride event listings

To download the listing of 2017 Pride Events click here. Signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQI*) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Labour […]

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Affordable, accessible childcare must be publicly funded, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – Following today’s announcement on childcare, the OFL is calling on the government to ensure public funding for all childcare spaces in Ontario. “There’s no doubt that creating a system of affordable childcare requires public investment,” said OFL President Chris Buckley. “Families across this province are struggling to make ends meet. Affordable childcare, […]

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Social Planning Toronto report underscores the need to make it easier to join a union, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – Unionized workers are less likely than non-unionized workers to struggle with paying bills, according to a study released today by Social Planning Toronto called The Union Advantage: Unions and the Response to Precarious Work Series. The study on precarious work underscores the need for meaningful improvements to employment and labour laws in […]

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OFL Letter to Ministers – Consultation on the Proposed Regulatory Approach to Asbestos

June 2, 2017 The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health Health Canada The Honourable Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment and Climate Change Environment and Climate Change Canada The Honourable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Honourable Judy Foote Minister of Public Services and Procurement Public Services and Procurement Canada […]

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$15-dollar minimum wage in 2019 a win for Ontario workers, must be followed by legislation to guarantee decent work as well as decent pay, says OFL

(Toronto) – The OFL congratulates the Ontario government on the steps it has taken today toward updating Ontario’s outdated labour and employment laws, and on their plan to increase minimum wage across the province. The OFL recognises the collective efforts of workers in Ontario for their strong advocacy on changes to the labour and employment […]

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Government can provide all Ontarians with full rights in the workplace, says OFL

(Toronto, ON) –  Today, labour leaders from across the province gathered to discuss next steps in advance of the government’s anticipated reaction to the Changing Workplaces Review, reaffirming their commitment to Ontario workers. From rallying at Queen’s Park by the thousands to meeting with MPPs to talk about their needs in the workplace, Ontario’s workers […]

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Liberal Government can take immediate steps to improve the lives of millions through the Changing Workplaces Review, says OFL

(Toronto, ON) – Working people from across Ontario have shared their lived experiences of insecurity, intimidation, precarity and poverty with the Special Advisors and with their MPPs. While their struggle is reflected in some of the recommendations in the Changing Workplaces Review, legislation must go further to improve the lives of working Ontarians. “Until legislation […]

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OFL urges government to go further than recommendations advise in order to protect Ontario workers

(Toronto, ON) – There are many missed opportunities in the long-awaited Changing Workplaces Review final recommendations, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. While the report recognizes the urgent need for changes to Ontario’s employment and labour law, it must lead to immediate, meaningful, progressive legislative change that supports Ontario workers. The Special Advisors’ final report lays […]

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

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

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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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

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

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

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25 years since the Westray Mine explosion

Today we mark 25 years since the Nova Scotia Westray mine explosion, mourn the workers who died in that preventable accident, and vow to continue to fight for safe and healthy workplaces. In the early morning hours of May 9, 1992 an explosion shook the village of Plymouth in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. In an instant, the […]

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Thursday – street party to take over King & Bay to push for a fairer future for all

The Ontario Federation of Labour is joining with the Canadian Labour Congress to co-host a street party for a fair future, right downtown Toronto on Thursday at 12 noon. The march and street party are part of the Canadian Labour Congress 28th Convention, currently underway at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 8-12. Here […]

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Deadline Extended to August 1, 2017: Apply for the 2017 OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships today!

To download the OFL/AIL scholarship application form click here. 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 […]

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

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

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OFL Statement on Chronic Mental Stress Provisions (Schedule 33) of Bill 127: Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act, (Budget Measures), 2017

On November 16, 2016, Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley wrote a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne pointing out that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Buckley pointed to a recent complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman by the injured worker community, which among other […]

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

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

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OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

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

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Liberal budget introduces some measures for families but doesn’t address fundamental issues of work, says OFL

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley is calling the provincial budget a somewhat positive news story for Ontario families, but raised concerns that the needs of Ontario workers are still not being addressed. “It is not possible to build a strong economy without first addressing the growth in insecure work,” said Buckley. […]

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Hamilton – May 1st Rally – Justice for Mana Workers & Stelco Retirees!

Come to this important May Day event in support of Mana workers and Stelco retirees. The rally and march are hosted by USW Local 1005. Outside the Mana gates – 855 Industrial Drive, Hamilton at 6 a.m. Mana workers, members of USW Local 1005, have been locked out for four years, while the company continues […]

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Delay in updating Ontario employment and labour laws must end, say Ontario Federation of Labour and Fight for $15 and Fairness

In a pre-budget press conference at Queen’s Park, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness laid out what the Ontario government can do to stop the rise of precarious work and ensure all jobs in Ontario are decent jobs. They called for action this year to create an economy built […]

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Ontario New Democrat’s prescribe a bold and visionary universal Pharma Care program, says OFL

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) congratulates the Ontario New Democratic Party on its recent announcement to create the province’s first universal Pharma Care program if elected in 2018. According to the plan, all Ontarians, including the 2.2 million people that are currently without prescription drug coverage in the province, are expected to have prescription […]

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Press Conference to call for an end of delays in updating Ontario employment and labour laws

The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness are holding a pre-budget press conference at the Queen’s Park Media Studio on Tuesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. to lay out what the Ontario government can do to stop the rise of precarious work in Ontario, and ensure that all jobs in […]

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ONDP bill to make it easier to join a union will help Ontario workers, says OFL

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is throwing its support behind a new private members’ bill that would allow workers to choose only once to join a union, instead of the multi-step process currently in the Labour Relations Act. The Fairness in First Contracts and the Right to Representation Act will be introduced this afternoon […]

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Stress caused by insecure work affecting mental and physical health of Ontario workers, says new survey

Precarious work is bad for one’s mental and physical health, according to a new survey of nearly 5,000 Ontario workers, by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). Almost one-third of survey respondents cite mental and physical health issues as impacts of precarious work. According to the survey results, young people (18 to 34 years), precarious […]

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OFL Supports Canadian Hockey League Players’ right to a fair wage

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is throwing its support behind the members of the Canadian Hockey League Players’ Association (CHLPA), which represents approximately 1500 junior hockey players across Canada. On March 21-23, the Ontario Court will be hearing the case for the certification of a $187 million class action law suit, filed by the players […]

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

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

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Nominations are open for the Ontario Federation of Labour Solidarity & Pride Champion Award

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the SOLIDARITY & PRIDE CHAMPION AWARD. This new annual award is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and two-spirit (LGBTQI) human rights, […]

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

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

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Ontario Federation of Labour Holds Special Women’s Briefing: Women Need Decent Work

(Toronto) – In a special briefing for female MPPs, senior political and advocates on the morning of International Women’s Day, the OFL drew attention to the ways that Ontario MPPs can ensure needed changes are made to employment and labour laws that can ensure decent work, fairness, and greater equality for women across Ontario. The […]

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

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

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Ontario Federation of Labour hosts female MPPs breakfast briefing to focus on what women need from employment and labour law reform

(TORONTO, ON) – Media are invited to attend an International Women’s Day breakfast briefing for female MPPs on what Ontario women need from employment and labour law reform. Ontario women have made considerable economic, social and political gains over the last number of decades but still have much more to strive for – particularly in […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour invites Ontarians to a telephone town hall on the Changing Workplaces Review and winning decent work for all on March 7 at 7 p.m.

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour invites all Ontarians to join a telephone town hall on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Changing Workplaces Review. Right now, Ontario has an opportunity to make sure that workers are protected under the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act, so that every job in Ontario […]

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Ontario’s labour movement remembers Fred Upshaw, the first black trade unionist to lead a major Canadian union

(Toronto) – Fred Upshaw was a trailblazer and a dedicated trade unionist who led the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) from 1990 to 1995, securing wage increases for public employees and winning unit reform and human rights language in OPSEU contracts. He was the first black trade unionist to lead a major Canadian union. […]

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OFL Statement for International RSI Awareness Day 2017: Ergonomic Regulations are Needed to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries

On Feb 28, we mark the 18th Annual International RSI Awareness Day. This day was created by injured workers and labour activists to bring awareness and action to the growing epidemic of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). RSIs and MSDs are generic terms that refer to both long term chronic and acute […]

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The Ontario Federation of Labour’s Submission Response to the Government of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Consultation

Click here to read The Ontario Federation of Labour’s Submission Response to the Government of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Consultation. January 31, 2017 Dear Ministers Jaczek and Ballard, It is widely acknowledged that a meaningful measure of any society is rooted in how it treats and responds to the needs of its most vulnerable members. […]

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The OFL mourns the passing of Canadian Auto Workers founding President and former Canadian Labour Congress President Bob White

(Toronto) – The labour movement has lost a great activist and visionary leader. Today, the OFL mourns the passing of former CAW founding President and former Canadian Labour Congress President Bob White, and sends condolences to his family, friends and all those with whom he stood in solidarity. “The work Bob did for Canadian workers […]

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Mar 7 at 7 p.m. join a telephone town hall on the Changing Workplaces Review and winning decent work for all

The Ontario Federation of Labour invites all Ontarians to join a telephone town hall on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Changing Workplaces Review. Right now, Ontario has an opportunity to make sure that workers are protected under the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act so that every job in Ontario […]

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Read the OFL Action Report

To download the OFL’s Winter Action Report, click here. Message from the President: Friends, It has been a very busy few months here at the Ontario Federation of Labour. The end of 2016 saw the election of Donald Trump to the United States presidency. It’s tempting to look ahead and worry, but I’m confident that […]

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OFL endorses National Day of Action Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy

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

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

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

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OFL condemns the attack on Centre culturel islamique de Québec, urges work against racism and xenophobia

The OFL condemns the shootings that killed six worshippers at a Québec mosque, and expresses its solidarity and support for the Muslim community and deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed in last night’s attack on Centre culturel islamique de Québec in Québec City. “At this time, the labour movement must come […]

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Ontario Workers and advocates welcome changes to WSIB drug policy

(Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour applauds the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s move to make its drug formulary policies accessible to injured workers in Ontario. Far too many injured workers were kept in the dark when it came to which medications the WSIB would cover to assist them in their recovery. Monday’s announcement that […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour joins Women’s March on Washington

(Toronto) –  The Ontario Federation of Labour is proud to participate in the global Women’s March on Washington, both in Toronto and in the United States. In Toronto, OFL staff are working as members of the organizing committee, and will lead the team marshalling the march. The OFL has also organized a bus to carry […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour: Budget should commit to building Ontarians up

(TORONTO, ON) –  As the Ontario government prepares its budget, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) says that the next budget must build Ontarians up with plans that create stable, well-paid work and take on systemic issues that keep Ontarians from prospering. Ontario’s labour and employment laws are outdated and do not consider the rise […]

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OFL Pre-Budget Submission: Make It Fair, Make It Prosperous – A framework for decent jobs and a more equitable Ontario

To read the OFL Pre-Budget Submission, click here.   The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) – which represents 54 affiliates and one million workers across the province – is pleased to make a submission to the Government of Ontario on the development of the 2017 budget. In an effort to build Ontario up, this document provides […]

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Solidarity Sisters Women’s March on Washington Bus Travel Information and Tips

Allergy Alert –  NO NUTS PLEASE Arrive at 7:30 a.m. for 8:00 a.m. departure OFL Building 15 Gervais Drive (Eglinton Ave E & Don Mills Road) across from the Superstore Parking is available in lot beside the building cost $6 for Friday until 6:00 p.m. no charge after 6:00 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. To get […]

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