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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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Letter to the Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism from the OFL and Colour of Poverty–Colour of Change

posted on March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017 Honourable Michael Coteau Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism 14th Floor, 56 Wellesley Street West Toronto, ON   M5S 2S3 Dear Minister Coteau, The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC) welcome several of the announcements made earlier this week around the government’s Three Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan, which includes the […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour Holds Special Women’s Briefing: Women Need Decent Work

posted on March 8, 2017

(Toronto) – In a special briefing for female MPPs, senior political and advocates on the morning of International Women’s Day, the OFL drew attention to the ways that Ontario MPPs can ensure needed changes are made to employment and labour laws that can ensure decent work, fairness, and greater equality for women across Ontario. The […]

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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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Ontario Federation of Labour invites Ontarians to a telephone town hall on the Changing Workplaces Review and winning decent work for all on March 7 at 7 p.m.

posted on March 5, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour invites all Ontarians to join a telephone town hall on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Changing Workplaces Review. Right now, Ontario has an opportunity to make sure that workers are protected under the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act, so that every job in Ontario […]

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The OFL mourns the passing of Canadian Auto Workers founding President and former Canadian Labour Congress President Bob White

posted on February 20, 2017

(Toronto) – The labour movement has lost a great activist and visionary leader. Today, the OFL mourns the passing of former CAW founding President and former Canadian Labour Congress President Bob White, and sends condolences to his family, friends and all those with whom he stood in solidarity. “The work Bob did for Canadian workers […]

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Mar 7 at 7 p.m. join a telephone town hall on the Changing Workplaces Review and winning decent work for all

posted on February 20, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour invites all Ontarians to join a telephone town hall on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Changing Workplaces Review. Right now, Ontario has an opportunity to make sure that workers are protected under the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act so that every job in Ontario […]

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OFL condemns the attack on Centre culturel islamique de Québec, urges work against racism and xenophobia

posted on January 30, 2017

The OFL condemns the shootings that killed six worshippers at a Québec mosque, and expresses its solidarity and support for the Muslim community and deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed in last night’s attack on Centre culturel islamique de Québec in Québec City. “At this time, the labour movement must come […]

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Ontario Workers and advocates welcome changes to WSIB drug policy

posted on January 25, 2017

(Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour applauds the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s move to make its drug formulary policies accessible to injured workers in Ontario. Far too many injured workers were kept in the dark when it came to which medications the WSIB would cover to assist them in their recovery. Monday’s announcement that […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour joins Women’s March on Washington

posted on January 19, 2017

(Toronto) –  The Ontario Federation of Labour is proud to participate in the global Women’s March on Washington, both in Toronto and in the United States. In Toronto, OFL staff are working as members of the organizing committee, and will lead the team marshalling the march. The OFL has also organized a bus to carry […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour: Budget should commit to building Ontarians up

posted on January 18, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) –  As the Ontario government prepares its budget, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) says that the next budget must build Ontarians up with plans that create stable, well-paid work and take on systemic issues that keep Ontarians from prospering. Ontario’s labour and employment laws are outdated and do not consider the rise […]

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OFL Pre-Budget Submission: Make It Fair, Make It Prosperous – A framework for decent jobs and a more equitable Ontario

posted on January 18, 2017

To read the OFL Pre-Budget Submission, click here.   The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) – which represents 54 affiliates and one million workers across the province – is pleased to make a submission to the Government of Ontario on the development of the 2017 budget. In an effort to build Ontario up, this document provides […]

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OFL Best of 2016

posted on December 14, 2016

2016 was a banner year for the Ontario Federation of Labour ! With a new leadership team, new and senior staff, increased engagement of labour councils, unions and activists across Ontario, we’ve been able to do a lot. Here’s a rundown of what we were able to accomplish together: Mobilized for six pre-budget rallies across […]

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Full house for Brampton and Mississauga Assembly for Decent Work shows Ontarians want fairness, says Ontario Federation of Labour

posted on December 12, 2016

There was a full house at the Gore Meadows Community Centre for the Brampton and Mississauga Assembly for Decent Work, a workshop on lobbying MPPs for fair employment laws. Former federal MP Olivia Chow led over 200 participants, teaching the skills needed to successfully lobby their MPPs. Workshop participants practiced telling their stories to illustrate […]

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International Human Rights Day: Stand up for someone’s rights today and every day!

posted on December 9, 2016

December 10 is celebrated around the world as International Human Rights Day. It marks the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This historic document is heralded for setting out fundamental human rights that would be universally protected and which set a common standard of achievement for […]

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OFL committed to protecting worker health and safety through upcoming consultations on Schedule 16

posted on December 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is committing to fully engaging in the upcoming consultations through the Ministry of Labour, in relationship to Bill 70, Budget Measures Act, Schedule 16 which would see the development of a voluntary new health and safety accreditation program for Ontario workplaces. The act was […]

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Domestic Violence Goes to Work Every Day: A Bargaining Guide

posted on November 24, 2016

Ontario unions are pledging to negotiate paid leave for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in all collective agreements. To support this negotiation table priority, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has just released a guide for unions titled Domestic Violence Goes To Work Every Day: A Bargaining Guide. Click here to download Domestic Violence Goes […]

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Saving lives, protecting jobs: Ontario labour unions pledge to bargain for paid leave for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

posted on November 24, 2016

Toronto, Ontario — Ontario unions have signed a pledge, as organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour, to negotiate paid leave for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in all collective agreements. This announcement comes one day before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and with Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence […]

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Press Release: To make it prosperous, make it fair

posted on November 14, 2016

(Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes the 2016 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, and expects that the implementation of a highly-skilled workforce strategy will play a role in stemming the growth of precarious employment. The OFL calls on the government to ensure that it continues the work for fairness that […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour Launches Prevention Program for Injured Workers

posted on November 1, 2016

Prevention Link, Program Centralizes Services for Disability Prevention at Work  (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to launch Prevention Link, a program promoting a culture of safety and improved return-to-work outcomes throughout Ontario. This holistic and comprehensive disability prevention program supports the vision, goals and priorities outlined in the Chief […]

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Five thousand rally to demand change from the Ontario Government

posted on October 1, 2016

Oct 1, 2016 (Toronto) – Five thousand workers and their families rallied today at Queen’s Park to demand meaningful changes to Ontario’s employment laws. The Rally marks the beginning of the Week for Decent Work, October 1-7. Over the course of the week Ontarians are asked to connect with their MPPs and share information about […]

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Saturday: Workers stories to be highlighted as thousands rally for fair employment standards

posted on September 30, 2016

Sept 30, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ This Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Queen’s Park, there will be a rally mobilized by the Labour movement and its community partners. Precarious workers will share their stories to underscore the need for changes in the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. The Rally for Decent Work […]

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Urgent Appeal from Ontario’s Labour Leaders – October 1st rally for Decent Work

posted on September 28, 2016

Greetings! We’re writing to you to make an urgent appeal to attend the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park on October 1st at 1:00 p.m. Thousands of workers and community members will come together to demand decent jobs for all Ontarians, a fairer economy and a better province. You have the opportunity to join the growing […]

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Thousands of Ontarians to Rally for Decent Work October 1 at Queen’s Park

posted on September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ The labour movement, alongside community partners, will be mobilizing thousands of Ontarians for the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. The Rally for Decent Work coincides with the government’s Changing Workplaces Review, which offers options for updating Ontario’s long-outdated employment laws. […]

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JOB POSTING: OFL Prevention Project Return-To-Work Regional Co-ordinator

posted on September 16, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers and is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation. The OFL’s Prevention Project is seeking two (2) Return-To-Work Regional Co-ordinators to lead the Prevention Project’s disability prevention services efforts. The Return-To-Work Regional Co-ordinator will oversee the delivery of training services to workers and groups of […]

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Government investment in business must first consider health and safety records

posted on September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto ON M7A 1A1 Re: Government investment in business must first consider health and safety records Dear Premier: I listened with great interest to the Speech from the Throne earlier this week as your government made the creation of good jobs a […]

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Government Must Prioritize Ontario Workers

posted on September 12, 2016

Sept. 12, Toronto, Ontario — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased that in today’s Throne Speech the Government of Ontario has committed to creating childcare spaces, recommitted to its Indigenous Health Action Plan, offered a hydro rebate for people across Ontario, and promised to create more good jobs for Ontarians. However, any job creation […]

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The OFL Supports the ONDP Call to Make It Easier to Join a Union

posted on September 5, 2016

TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds the Ontario NDP call to reinstate card-check certification, and assistance for first contract arbitration once a union is in place. Card-check certification would make it easier for Ontario workers to join a union. Current laws require that in order to unionize, employees must sign a union card […]

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It’s time to close the gender wage gap with action

posted on August 25, 2016

(TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to see the Steering Committee recommendations for closing the gender wage gap, combined with the immediate steps that will be taken by government. These recommendations must now go beyond examination and evaluation of the gender wage gap across sectors to developing concrete policies and […]

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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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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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Time for Ontario to Follow Alberta’s Leadership on a $15 Minimum Wage by 2018

posted on June 30, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds the Government of Alberta’s plan to implement a $15 minimum wage by 2018. The OFL is calling on the Wynne government to follow Alberta’s bold leadership, by making $15 minimum wage its standard for workers across Ontario. “There are 1.7 million workers in Ontario who currently earn wages that […]

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Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out

posted on May 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out (BRAMPTON, ON) ─ Two workplace fatalities at separate sites in Brampton put a pall on workers and family members across Ontario. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling […]

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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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OPSEU Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Re-Join OFL

posted on April 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 OPSEU Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Re-Join OFL (TORONTO, ON) ─ At their annual convention Thursday, 1,700 delegates of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) voted 93.8 percent in favour of restoring their membership in the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). It was a decision met with thunderous applause. […]

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OFL calls on Premier Wynne to fight for an expanded Canada Pension Plan

posted on April 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 OFL calls on Premier Wynne to fight for an expanded Canada Pension Plan (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called today’s release of the final design details of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP) a step toward retirement security for Ontario workers, but he […]

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OFL Urges Ontario Government to Halt the Sale of Hydro One

posted on April 6, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2016 OFL Urges Ontario Government to Halt the Sale of Hydro One (TORONTO, ON) ─ As the Ontario Government gears up to sell off another 74.2 million shares in Hydro One, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling for an immediate moratorium on the sale of the province’s hydro […]

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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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Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City

posted on March 30, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2016 Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has joined the chorus of community groups and organizations from a broad and diverse cross-section of society that are calling for action on the demands brought forward to […]

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