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The OFL is committed to fighting for to eliminate sexism, violence against women and gender-based discrimination. Pay equity is central towards equality in the workplace, but the labour movement unites and celebrates women’s rights in every sphere. Contact the OFL’s Women’s Committee to get involved.  

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Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Show the Unity and Leadership Harper Has Failed to Deliver

posted on July 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2015  MEDIA RELEASE  Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Show the Unity and Leadership Harper Has Failed to Deliver (ST. JOHN’S, NL) – At the kickoff of the Council of the Federation meeting, Canada’s labour leaders called on the provincial and territorial premiers to come together with unprecedented [...]

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ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement

posted on April 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2015 ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement   (TORONTO, ON) ─ Organizers of the Ontario Common Front Anti-Poverty Assembly are anticipating over 500 people to participate in the two-day conference this weekend in Toronto. Topping the roster of impressive [...]

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In Memoriam: Gloria David

posted on April 2, 2015

Ontario’s labour movement lost a proud trade unionist and an anti-racist activist last month with the passing of Gloria David. Hailing from OPSEU Local 532, Gloria invested decades of energy into building a strong local, both as Secretary and as President. She brought forward her passion and talents as a member of the OPSEU Provincial [...]

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OFL Says Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Harassment Must be Properly Funded and Representative

posted on March 6, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2015 OFL Says Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Harassment Must be Properly Funded and Representative (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes the Government of Ontario’s action plan to address sexual violence and harassment but argues that the plan can only be effective if it is [...]

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OFL Statement on International Women’s Day 2015

posted on March 6, 2015

OFL STATEMENT March 6, 2015 Women are Taking on the Anti-Worker Agenda: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2015 As millions of women around the world observe International Women’s Day, the Ontario Federation of Labour will proudly celebrate the role that unions have played in elevating the living standards of all women [...]

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OFL Women's Leadership Summit 2015

Register Now! OFL Women’s Leadership Summit, May 1-3, 2015

posted on March 2, 2015

OFL Women’s Leadership Summit Unifor Family Education Centre, May 1-3, 2015 Dear Sisters and Brothers: We are excited to announce our 2nd OFL Women’s Leadership Summit! I am writing to invite you to sponsor Sisters from your Union to attend. This is a unique opportunity for women in your union to come together with like-minded [...]

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International Women’s Day 2015 – Order Posters & Pins by Feb. 10

posted on January 15, 2015

Greetings Sisters & Brothers: I am writing to invite your union to participate in the fifth year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee. This year’s project reflects women’s spirit, sisterhood and solidarity. Both the pewter pin and poster are a work of art that our members and community will wear [...]

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Statement: Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside

posted on December 9, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 09, 2014  Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside: OFL Statement for December 10, 2014, International Human Rights Day Around the world, December 10 is celebrated as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in [...]

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CLC Video Exposes Workplace Impact of Domestic Violence

posted on December 8, 2014

A new Canadian Labour Congress video asks the question “Can work be safe when home is not?” The video promotes startling new research demonstrating that Canadian employers lose $77.9 million annually due to the direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence, and the costs, to individuals, families and society, go far beyond that. The Canadian [...]

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STATEMENT: Shining a Light on Violence Against Women

posted on December 5, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2014  Shining a Light on Violence Against Women: OFL Statement for December 6, 2014, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered because they were women. The École Polytechnique was [...]

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Statement by OFL President Sid Ryan on Julie Davis

posted on November 14, 2014

It is with deep regret that I pass on to you the sad news today that our adored labour leader and trailblazer for women’s rights, Sister Julie Davis, has passed away. She was 68.

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Women Workers Making History – Then and Now OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2014

posted on October 14, 2014

Since 1992, October has been recognized as Women History Month – a time to celebrate the incredible achievements of women. Canadian women have shaped and continue to shape our unions, our workplaces and our society with their strength, wisdom and courage.

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