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Communications
The OFL Communications Department carries labour’s messages to Federation members and the general public. Media relations, web site updates, speeches, and campaign publicity are among its ongoing responsibilities. Keep up to date on the work of the OFL by signing up for updates [link to web sign-up form] and reading regular President Reports and Action Updates.

Contact:
Joel Duff, Communications Director
c: 416-707-0349 | e: JDuff@ofl.ca | English/Français

Education
The OFL Education Department helps develop and present a workers’ viewpoint on public education. It lobbies governments, liaises with teacher federations, works with school boards, parent associations and apprenticeship and training issues. It also organizes conferences on education and training for the labour movement, runs a speakers’ bureau that provides trade union speakers to schools and publicly promotes labour’s vision of good education and training. It helps develop educational materials on public policy issues and acts as the liaison between the Federation and the arts community.

Contact:
Brynne Sinclair-Waters, Researcher
t: 416-443-7663 | c: 647-226-7184 | e: BrynneSW@ofl.ca

Human Rights
The department’s main focus is to address human rights issues, anti-racism and equity initiatives provincially, federally and internationally from a labour and community perspective. It monitors and responds to actions and outcomes from the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Tribunal. It provides assistance to workers of colour and aboriginal peoples experiencing racism and sexism in the workplace. By working collectively with community groups and unions, the department acts as a resource to affiliates and community groups in an advisory capacity around equity issues such as employment equity . It develops and circulates generic educational materials and resources on human rights and related workplace issues.

Contact:
Janice Gairey, Human Rights Director
t: 416-443-7655 | c: 416-347-9732 | e: JGairey@ofl.ca

Legislative and Political Education
The department monitors the activities of the provincial government and keeps affiliates up-to-date on legislation being introduced at Queen’s Park that is of particular interest to workers and unions through its newsletter Focus on Queen’s Park.

On the political action front, the director represents the OFL on the executive of the Ontario NDP and is a member of the federal council of the New Democratic Party of Canada.

As staff to the Political Education Committee, the director organizes election and campaign skills training schools and workshops throughout the year and across the province.

Contact:
Antoni Shelton, Director of Government Relations & Liaison to the President
t: 416-443-7684 | c: 416-805-1861 | e: AShelton@ofl.ca

Occupational Health & Safety
The department provides assistance and expertise to unions affiliated to the OFL on legislative and workplace issues involving health and safety. It offers conferences to provide political and technical education on issues that affect workers. The department makes representations to and lobbies the Ontario government for adequate legislation and enforcement. It coordinates the OFL’s response to occupational health and safety issues as they arise. The Director also handles the Federation’s Energy & Environment Committee.

Contact:
Vern Edwards, Health & Safety Director
t: 416-443-7662 | c: 416-578-4258 | e: VEdwards@ofl.ca

Organization Services
The director of Organization Services is responsible for developing and implementing OFL campaigns, organizing protests, demonstrations and lobbies. The director works with labour and community activists across the province to highlight workplace and social issues and help initiate political action. The Workers’ Compensation Committee is also the responsibility of this Department. The Workers’ Compensation Committee provides information sessions, conferences and political action for injured workers.

Contact:
Laurie Hardwick, Organization Services Director
t: 416-443-7657 | c: 416-571-3087 | e: LHardwick@ofl.ca

Research
The Federation’s Research Department works on a number of issues central to which is industrial relations policy. Research is conducted and written submissions presented on important changes to the Ontario Labour Relations Act, the Employment Standards Act and developments concerning the Labour Board and union organizing are followed and profiled in conferences, meetings and other forums.

The Research Department also gathers economic arguments for OFL policy positions, makes written submission in pre-budget hearings and works with the Ontario Alternative Budget initiative on critically assessing Government’s budgets and their implications for working people in Ontario.

Research is also conducted on proposed amendments to pension legislation and changes in pension policies. Written submissions are made as part of the OFL’s efforts to ensure plan members rights are protected.

Contact:
Brynne Sinclair-Waters, Researcher
t: 416-443-7663 | c: 647-226-7184 | e: BrynneSW@ofl.ca

Women’s Rights / Gay & Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Transsexual Issues
The department educates trade unionists about women’s rights and gay & lesbian bisexual, transgendered and transsexual issues. It works with the Federation’s committees to develop educational material and policy papers, conducts outreach with community groups and lobbies for legislative rights. The department conducts workshops on pay equity and employment equity, child care, anti-harassment, anti-violence, basic human rights, homophobia, heterosexism and bargaining for equality. There is a resource library containing printed materials and videos on issues relating to women’s and gay & lesbian bisexual and transgendered rights.

Contact:
Carrol Anne Sceviour, Director of Women’s Rights / Solidarity & Pride
t: 416-443-7670 | c: 416-606-5046 | e: CSceviour@ofl.ca

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Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)
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M3C 1Y8

Telephone: 416-441-2731
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Toll-Free: 1-800-668-9138
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Email: info@ofl.ca

Media Inquiries:
Joel Duff, Director of Communications
c: 416-707-0349 | e: JDuff@ofl.ca

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The Ontario Federation of Labour maintains office hours Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.