The OFL is committed to defending the rights of all workers and, in particular, their right to form a union. Labour law reform is a top priority for Ontario’s labour movement, as corporate forces strive to drive down wages and working conditions for everyone. Contact the OFL’s Labour Relations Committee to get involved.  
 

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

posted on March 20, 2017

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

posted on March 20, 2017

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

posted on March 6, 2017

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

posted on February 23, 2017

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

posted on November 17, 2016

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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OFL Submission to the Changing Workplaces Review

posted on October 14, 2016

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

posted on September 20, 2016

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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Personal Emergency Leave Submission for the Changing Workplace Review

posted on September 15, 2016

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

posted on August 8, 2016

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

posted on August 3, 2016

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

posted on July 27, 2016

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

posted on July 19, 2016

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

posted on July 15, 2016

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

posted on July 12, 2016

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

posted on July 6, 2016

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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Make It Fair: Precarious Work Survey

posted on June 28, 2016

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

posted on May 3, 2016

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

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

posted on April 25, 2016

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

posted on April 21, 2016

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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OFL Applauds Ontario NDP Support for a $15 Minimum Wage

posted on April 4, 2016

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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