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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Invitation: Solidarity breakfasts before Bill 148 hearings

posted on July 10, 2017

(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

posted on July 4, 2017

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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$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

posted on May 30, 2017

(Toronto) – The OFL congratulates the Ontario government on the steps it has taken today toward updating Ontario’s outdated labour and employment laws, and on their plan to increase minimum wage across the province.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

posted on May 29, 2017

(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

posted on May 26, 2017

(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

posted on May 23, 2017

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

posted on April 4, 2017

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

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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