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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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Canada's Labour Leaders to all Premiers: Make Life Better for Vulnerable Workers!

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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RELEASE: Ontario budget throws public services under the infrastructure bus

posted on February 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2016 Ontario budget throws public services under the infrastructure bus Modest program improvements clawed back by cuts and privatization (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley welcomed the thawing of the freeze on hospital funding and improvements to access for college and university students, but […]

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OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism

posted on February 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2016 OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded today’s Ontario Government announcement about the creation of a new Anti-Racism Directorate to work in collaboration with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The OFL […]

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OFL, Injured Workers and Medical Professionals File Official Request for Ombuds Ontario Investigation into the WSIB

posted on January 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 29, 2016 OFL, Injured Workers and Medical Professionals File Official Request for Ombuds Ontario Investigation into the WSIB (TORONTO, ON) ─ Following up on a bombshell report released last November, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) filed a formal complaint with Ontario […]

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OFL calls the ORPP a big, bold step forward, but called for a united plan to end exclusions

posted on January 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       January 26, 2016  OFL calls the ORPP a big, bold step forward, but called for a united plan to end exclusions (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called the details of Ontario’s new public pension plan a big, bold step towards retirement security and called on […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 18, 2016

FOR RELEASE AT 10:00 AM January 19, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultations (OTTAWA, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ottawa on January 22 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Sault Ste. Marie Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Sault Ste. Marie Pre-Budget Consultations (SAULT STE. MARIE, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Sault Ste. Marie on January 21 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Thunder Bay Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Thunder Bay Pre-Budget Consultations (THUNDER BAY, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Thunder Bay on January 20 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Windsor Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016 ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Windsor Pre-Budget Consultations (WINDSOR, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Windsor on January 19 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will be joining […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Hamilton Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016 ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Hamilton Pre-Budget Consultations (HAMILTON, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Hamilton on January 18 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will be joining […]

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Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest

posted on January 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2016 ADVISORY: Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest (TORONTO, ON) ─ Next week, when Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ontario six cities for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front […]

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Historic Jail Sentence Sends Strong Message to Ontario Employers

posted on January 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2016 OFL: Historic Jail Sentence Sends Strong Message to Ontario Employers (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called today’s jail sentence for Metron Construction Project Manager Vadim Kazenelson a historic decision that will send a strong message to every employer in the province. Ontario […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Anticipates Historic Jail Sentence in Metron Construction Tragedy

posted on January 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2016  ADVISORY: OFL Anticipates Historic Jail Sentence in Metron Construction Tragedy (Toronto) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is bracing itself for a historic verdict at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016, when the sentence will be announced for a Metron Construction Project Manager. Vadim Kazenelson is facing […]

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