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OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014

posted on February 27, 2014

Ergonomic Regulations are Needed to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries. OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014 On Feb 28, we mark the 15th 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 [...]

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Postmedia News interviews Nancy Hutchison on workplace inquests

posted on January 24, 2014

Postmedia News produced a great 6-part series on public inquests. Part 5 features OFL Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison, who said that “History keeps repeating itself.” On the day she testified at the inquest into Justin Rogers’s death, she got an alert on her BlackBerry that two more mining workers had died in a “run of muck” [...]

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OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail

posted on November 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan applauded yesterday’s Ontario Court conviction of roofing company owner, Paul Markewycz, for a 2011 workplace tragedy that [...]

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Remembering Linda Ann Jolley – 1945 to 2013

posted on October 3, 2013

Obituary: Linda Ann Jolley Quietly, in her 68th year, Linda passed away at home, on September 24, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Doug Felice, she is survived by her nephew Malcolm, her sister-in-law Jennifer, and her step-sons Craig and Christopher (Nakiea) and Christopher’s children Kiara and Cruz. Linda lived a life of passionate advocacy for [...]

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Conference on Workers’ Compensation – Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2013

posted on September 23, 2013

No “Half Measures” is an international conference on workers’ compensation 100 years after Sir William Meredith presented his options for reform that would remove injustice for injured workers. “…Half measures which mitigate but do not remove injustice are, in my judgment, to be avoided. It would be the gravest mistake if questions were to be [...]

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OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars

posted on September 19, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2013 OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) blasted the criminal justice system for failing to bring criminal charges against Vale Canada Limited and its executives for the 2011 deaths of two miners in Vale’s Stobie Mine [...]

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OFL Letter to Federal Transit Minister: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities

posted on September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013 Hon. Lisa Raitt Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Raitt: Subject: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities On behalf of over one million unionized workers in Ontario, I am writing to urge you to respond to a recent open letter from Amalgamated Transit Union Local [...]

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ATU 1624 Campaign Aims to Put Fatigue Fatalities in Government Headlights

posted on September 18, 2013

After years of working diligently to boost public awareness about the tragic issue of driver fatigue, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1624 has launched a campaign to call on the Federal Ministry of Transportation to legislate safer rules to regulate the hours of service of motor coach drivers. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators [...]

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OFL Applauds Successful Appeal that Slaps $750,000 Fine Against Metron Construction in Deaths of Four Workers

posted on September 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2013 OFL Applauds Successful Appeal that Slaps $750,000 Fine Against Metron Construction in Deaths of Four Workers (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan applauded yesterday’s appeal court decision to increase the fine against Metron Construction from $200,000 to 750,000 for the 2009 deaths of [...]

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RELEASE – Conviction in Sunrise case confirms failure of privatized TSSA

posted on July 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 4, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Conviction in Sunrise case confirms failure of privatized TSSA (Toronto, Ontario) – The guilty verdict in the Sunrise Propane case last week has thrust the incompetence of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) into the spotlight once again. The TSSA is responsible for protecting public [...]

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OFL Letter to Premier Wynne on TSSA in Wake of Sunrise Tragedy

posted on July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne: Recent events have once again brought attention to the failure of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to adequately oversee and protect public safety in key areas such as fuel and elevators. Since [...]

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OFL Follow-Up Letter to Minister Naqvi on Elevator Worker Strike

posted on June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013 Honourable Yasir Naqvi Minister of Labour 14th Floor 400 University Avenue Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Re:  Follow-up to June 5, 2013 Letter Dear Minister Naqvi: I am writing to follow-up on a letter sent to your office on June 5, 2013 that expressed concern about the threat to public safety that is [...]

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Photos & Video: Elevator Worker Rally Gets Government Action

posted on June 7, 2013

Today’s rally of hundreds of elevator workers and their supporters got immediate action from the Government of Ontario when the Ministry of Labour ordered both parties back to the table to resolve the labour dispute. These workers, who were being prevented from keeping the province’s 50,000 elevators in operation by an employer coalition that was [...]

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RELEASE – OFL says employers are putting public safety at risk: Hundreds rally to bring employer back to the table

posted on June 6, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 6, 2013            MEDIA RELEASE OFL says employers are putting public safety at risk: Hundreds rally to bring employer back to the table (Toronto, Ontario) – Hundreds rallied amid Toronto’s skyscrapers today to call on the Ministry of Labour to help end the ongoing elevator worker strike by forcing Ontario’s four [...]

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HuffPost Blog: How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario (by Sid Ryan)

posted on June 6, 2013

Huffington Post blog by Sid Ryan How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario Original article was published on June 5, 2013, read it here If you are one of the millions of Ontarians who lives in a high-rise or works in an office tower, you wake up every morning expecting to get [...]

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Take Part in the 30th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day: June 1

posted on May 29, 2013

Take Part in the 30th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day Saturday June 1st, 2013 11:00 a.m. (overnight vigil begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday May 31st) Queen’s Park – Ontario Legislature (walk north from Queen’s Park Subway stop – College/University) Celebrate and call for justice for injured workers. Workers’ compensation is being destroyed to save employers [...]

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Workers’ Rights Should Know No Borders: OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2013

posted on May 3, 2013

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2013 Workers’ Rights Should Know No Borders OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2013 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 of the April 24 collapse of a Bangladesh garment [...]

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Without Justice, No Fallen Worker Can Rest in Peace: OFL Statement on Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28

posted on April 24, 2013

OFL Statement April 24, 2013 Without Justice, No Fallen Worker Can Rest in Peace OFL Statement on Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28 Thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job will gather at ceremonies across Ontario this weekend to memorialize [...]

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