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A Tribute to Activism: OFL Human Rights Director Janice Gairey Retires

posted on February 2, 2015

OFL Human Rights Director Janice Gairey Retires The OFL said goodbye and good luck to lifelong union and equity activist, Janice Gairey, who retired this January. While her tenure as an OFL Director was only 11 years long, Janice’s career as a labour activist and union organizer spans four decades. However, her ongoing work as [...]

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Black History Month

OFL Statement: Honour Black Heritage by Fighting for Equity

posted on January 30, 2015

OFL STATEMENT January 30, 2015  Honour Black Heritage by Fighting for Equity: OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February, 2015 Most of us will never have heard of Rose Fortune or David George. They were among the first Black Loyalists to arrive in Nova Scotia following the U.S. War of Independence, which [...]

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Statement: OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation

posted on December 16, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 16, 2014 OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation OFL Statement for December 18, 2014 International Migrants Day “Government raids, recruiter corruption, employer exploitation, poverty wages, squalid conditions, treacherous work, harassment, intimidation, gender discrimination and threats of deportation. These are just a few of the dangers threatening [...]

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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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St. Catharines Black History Bus Trip, Aug 23 2014

posted on August 7, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour is proud to support this event.

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Welcome Emancipation Day and Ride the Underground Freedom Train

posted on July 29, 2014

By Natasha Henry. Read more at http://teachingafricancanadianhistory.weebly.com/blog August 1st, 2014 is a significant date in African history for two reasons. It marks the 180th anniversary of the legislation that abolished the enslavement of Africans throughout British colonies. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Universal Negro Improvement Association by the [...]

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National Aboriginal Day is significant to the Ontario Federation of Labour and its affiliates

posted on June 20, 2014

June 21 was proclaimed National Aboriginal Day by Canadian Parliament in 1996. Yet today, First Nations, Metis and Inuit and people throughout Canada continue to struggle for equality, justice and respect. Over 1.8 million people reported having an Aboriginal ancestry, or ancestors with an Aboriginal Identity in Canada in 2011 .More than 1.4 million people [...]

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Changes Fail to Protect Migrant Workers from Exploitation, says OFL

posted on June 20, 2014

Media Release June 20, 2014 For Immediate Release Changes Fail to Protect Migrant Workers from Exploitation, says OFL  Temporary Foreign Worker Program Promotes Harper’s “Low-Wage Agenda” (Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has long called for changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), but the tinkering being put forward today by Employment and [...]

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Carrol Anne Sceviour, Human Rights Director
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