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Business lobby’s “Economic Impact Study” on Bill 148 fails to address the reality that past minimum wage increases prove that jobs are not at risk, says OFL

posted on August 14, 2017

  (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour is raising serious concern about the validity of the assertions in the Keep Ontario Working (KOW) coalition’s commissioned economic impact analysis of Bill 148, conducted by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA). “The assertions released today by the corporate lobby is inaccurate, incomplete and just […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes NDP action to strengthen Bill 148

posted on August 10, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes the proposal for amendments to Bill 148 announced today by the Ontario New Democratic Party. “If enacted, these amendments would strengthen the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act and deliver greater fairness to workplaces across the province,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “There’s no […]

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With amendments, Bill 148 can provide decent work for generations to come, says Ontario Federation of Labour

posted on July 21, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – The government has an opportunity to provide decent work for generations to come through Bill 148. The Bill makes some significant changes, including raising the minimum wage to $15 in 2019, that will advance the cause of decent work. However, with a few amendments, the bill could safeguard decent work for future […]

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Canada’s Labour Leaders to the Premiers: Canadians Need Life-Saving Pharmacare Plan

posted on July 18, 2017

Canadian Labour Leaders urge Premiers to recommit to establishing a single-payer, universal prescription drug plan in Canada  (EDMONTON, ALBERTA) – Meeting in Alberta for events concurrent to the Council of the Federation, Labour Leaders from across Canada urge provincial and territorial Premiers to lobby the federal government for a national Pharmacare plan to ensure all […]

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Press Conference: Bill 148 and $15 minimum wage

posted on July 18, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour and Fight for $15 and Fairness will present urgently needed changes to Bill 148 at a press conference at Queen’s Park on Friday, July 21. “The $15 minimum wage by 2019 must not be delayed,” said OFL President Chris Buckley. “Ontario’s government must also create the conditions […]

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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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Extra-billing causes hardship and must be stopped, says OFL

posted on June 13, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – The OFL supports the call by the Ontario Health Coalition for better regulation and enforcement of the Canada Health Act to prevent the charging of user fees across Canada. A recent survey conducted by the Ontario Health Coalition, showed that 88 clinics across Canada are charging unlawful user fees. “Privatization in health […]

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Affordable, accessible childcare must be publicly funded, says OFL

posted on June 6, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – Following today’s announcement on childcare, the OFL is calling on the government to ensure public funding for all childcare spaces in Ontario. “There’s no doubt that creating a system of affordable childcare requires public investment,” said OFL President Chris Buckley. “Families across this province are struggling to make ends meet. Affordable childcare, […]

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Social Planning Toronto report underscores the need to make it easier to join a union, says OFL

posted on June 6, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – Unionized workers are less likely than non-unionized workers to struggle with paying bills, according to a study released today by Social Planning Toronto called The Union Advantage: Unions and the Response to Precarious Work Series. The study on precarious work underscores the need for meaningful improvements to employment and labour laws in […]

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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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25 years since the Westray Mine explosion

posted on May 9, 2017

Today we mark 25 years since the Nova Scotia Westray mine explosion, mourn the workers who died in that preventable accident, and vow to continue to fight for safe and healthy workplaces. In the early morning hours of May 9, 1992 an explosion shook the village of Plymouth in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. In an instant, the […]

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Thursday – street party to take over King & Bay to push for a fairer future for all

posted on May 8, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour is joining with the Canadian Labour Congress to co-host a street party for a fair future, right downtown Toronto on Thursday at 12 noon. The march and street party are part of the Canadian Labour Congress 28th Convention, currently underway at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 8-12. Here […]

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Liberal budget introduces some measures for families but doesn’t address fundamental issues of work, says OFL

posted on April 27, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley is calling the provincial budget a somewhat positive news story for Ontario families, but raised concerns that the needs of Ontario workers are still not being addressed. “It is not possible to build a strong economy without first addressing the growth in insecure work,” said Buckley. […]

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Hamilton – May 1st Rally – Justice for Mana Workers & Stelco Retirees!

posted on April 27, 2017

Come to this important May Day event in support of Mana workers and Stelco retirees. The rally and march are hosted by USW Local 1005. Outside the Mana gates – 855 Industrial Drive, Hamilton at 6 a.m. Mana workers, members of USW Local 1005, have been locked out for four years, while the company continues […]

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Delay in updating Ontario employment and labour laws must end, say Ontario Federation of Labour and Fight for $15 and Fairness

posted on April 25, 2017

In a pre-budget press conference at Queen’s Park, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness laid out what the Ontario government can do to stop the rise of precarious work and ensure all jobs in Ontario are decent jobs. They called for action this year to create an economy built […]

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Ontario New Democrat’s prescribe a bold and visionary universal Pharma Care program, says OFL

posted on April 24, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) congratulates the Ontario New Democratic Party on its recent announcement to create the province’s first universal Pharma Care program if elected in 2018. According to the plan, all Ontarians, including the 2.2 million people that are currently without prescription drug coverage in the province, are expected to have prescription […]

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Press Conference to call for an end of delays in updating Ontario employment and labour laws

posted on April 21, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness are holding a pre-budget press conference at the Queen’s Park Media Studio on Tuesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. to lay out what the Ontario government can do to stop the rise of precarious work in Ontario, and ensure that all jobs in […]

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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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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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Ontario’s labour movement remembers Fred Upshaw, the first black trade unionist to lead a major Canadian union

posted on March 2, 2017

(Toronto) – Fred Upshaw was a trailblazer and a dedicated trade unionist who led the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) from 1990 to 1995, securing wage increases for public employees and winning unit reform and human rights language in OPSEU contracts. He was the first black trade unionist to lead a major Canadian union. […]

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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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