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Ontario justice system failed the victims of the deadly Radiohead stage collapse, says OFL

posted on September 6, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is raising serious concerns over the staying of charges in the deadly stage collapse at the Downsview Radiohead concert. “We are shocked and saddened with the decision to stay the charges,” said Chris Buckley, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. “Our judicial system failed the […]

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Letter to the Minister: Addressing the disease cluster at GE Peterborough and the McIntyre powder cluster

posted on August 22, 2017

The Honorable Kevin Flynn Minister of Labour 400 University Avenue, 14th Floor Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Dear Minister Flynn: In March of this year I wrote to you raising concerns over the lack of proper funding for the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) to address the occupational disease cluster at GE Peterborough and […]

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

posted on June 2, 2017

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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25 years since the Westray Mine explosion

posted on May 9, 2017

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

posted on May 1, 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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OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

posted on April 28, 2017

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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International Migrants Day: OFL Statement for December 18, 2016

posted on December 14, 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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OFL committed to protecting worker health and safety through upcoming consultations on Schedule 16

posted on December 8, 2016

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

posted on December 5, 2016

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!

posted on December 1, 2016

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

posted on November 2, 2016

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

posted on October 19, 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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Read the Fall issue of the Action Report

posted on October 14, 2016

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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