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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 Welcomes Labour Law Review as Pathway Out of Poverty

posted on February 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2015 OFL Welcomes Labour Law Review as Pathway Out of Poverty (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomed Tuesday’s Ministry of Labour appointment of a special advisory to review the Ontario’s labour and employment standards. “This is a once in a generation opportunity to modernize Ontario’s out-dated [...]

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OFL Statement by Sid Ryan: Labour Unions Will Challenge Past and Future Laws Armed with Supreme Court Ruling on Right to Strike

posted on January 30, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2015 OFL Statement by Sid Ryan: Labour Unions Will Challenge Past and Future Laws Armed with Supreme Court Ruling on Right to Strike “Today’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling is a game-changer in Canadian labour relations. Over the past decade we have seen governments at every level unilaterally strip a [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan available to media before and after Ontario’s kick-off pension consultation in Kingston

posted on January 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan available to media before and after Ontario’s kick-off pension consultation in Kingston (KINGSTON, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will be available to media this Thursday immediately before and after the Ontario Government’s Kingston consultation on the proposed Ontario Retirement [...]

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OFL RELEASE: Ontario Court Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail

posted on January 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2015 Ontario Court Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail OFL Calls for Criminal Charges Against New Mex Canada (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded yesterday’s Ontario Court conviction against furniture retailer, New Mex Canada Inc., for a 2013 workplace [...]

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OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation

posted on December 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2014  OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation (TORONTO, ON) – “Today’s release of the Ontario Government consultation paper on the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) marks the beginning of public deliberations on retirement security that Ontarians have been demanding for over twenty years,” said OFL President Sid Ryan. “It [...]

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Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice

posted on December 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2014 Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice (TORONTO, ON) – More workers were killed at work in 2013 than in any of the previous five years, says the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), bringing [...]

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RELEASE: Corporations Guilty of Killing Workers Being Rebated Millions of Dollars by WSIB: OFL Report

posted on November 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014 Corporations Guilty of Killing Workers Being Rebated Millions of Dollars by WSIB: OFL Report   (TORONTO, ON) – A new report released today by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) reveals that Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is rebating millions of dollars each year to companies found [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities

posted on November 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2014 ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities (TORONTO, ON) ─ On Monday, November 24, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be releasing a damning report about the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), demonstrating that Ontario’s workplace compensation system [...]

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OFL welcomes NDP federal minimum wage commitment

posted on September 13, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomed the announcement today by the federal NDP that, if elected, an NDP government would reinstate the federal minimum wage, lay out a path to reaching $15 per hour, and index the federal minimum wage to inflation. OFL President Sid Ryan said that a $15 per hour federal minimum wage [...]

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Take Action on Aboriginal Women Crisis, Demand Provincial and Territorial Federation of Labour Presidents

posted on August 27, 2014

(Charlottetown) The presidents of Canada’s provincial labour federations are joining growing demands for government action to address the missing and murdered aboriginal women crisis. “This is a national emergency and we need action from the federal and provincial governments, right away,” said Manitoba Federation of Labour President Kevin Rebeck to a meeting of Canada’s national [...]

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Ontario Federation of Labour Lends Its Support to Heal100Kids

posted on August 4, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour, representing over 1 million workers in the province, has thrown its support behind the Heal100Kids humanitarian project led by Palestinian physician Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. The project hopes to bring 100 severely wounded children from war-torn Gaza to Canada for medical treatment. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian physician and the [...]

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Demand That Israel Stop Bombing Civilians in Gaza, Ryan Urges Harper

posted on July 21, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour joins millions of Canadians who are shocked by the armed conflict between Israel and Hamas, which has created a nightmare for tens of thousands of civilians who are caught in the crossfire. “The Harper government’s policy is unbalanced toward Israel, and is completely out of step with Canadians’ views,” said [...]

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Cuban MP Mariela Castro Espin Presented OFL Workers’ Rights Award at World Pride

posted on June 28, 2014

Mariela Castro Espin Named OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award Recipient (World Pride – Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has presented Mariela Castro Espin of Cuba with the OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award for 2014. Ms. Castro Espin was presented the award by Sid Ryan, President of the OFL, at a reception [...]

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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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RELEASE: Expanded research on local impacts of Hudak’s reckless cuts highlights devastation that would be caused in smaller communities across Ontario

posted on May 22, 2014

(TORONTO) – New and expanded research shows that Hudak’s proposed cuts of 100,000 public sector jobs would have devastating effects across the province and lead to skyrocketing unemployment rates for many communities. Smaller communities outside of Toronto and Ottawa that rely disproportionately on public sector jobs to keep their economies moving will be hit hardest [...]

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RELEASE: New research reveals devastating city-by-city impacts of Hudak’s 100,000 job cuts

posted on May 22, 2014

(TORONTO) – New research shows that Hudak’s proposed cuts of 100,000 public sector jobs would have devastating effects across the province and lead to skyrocketing unemployment rates for many communities. The job cuts will introduce new and substantial threats to cities, such as London and Ottawa, which will face an estimated 7,116 and 11,159 job [...]

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RELEASE: Hudak’s public sector layoffs would push Ontario to 9.7% unemployment levels and drive province into recession

posted on May 13, 2014

(TORONTO, ON) –  Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s pledge to get rid of 100,000 public sector employees has stunned workers, families and communities across Ontario. It would be the biggest layoff ever to take place in Ontario and the OFL warns it will be ruinous to the economies of both urban and rural communities. Last month, [...]

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ADVISORY: Tonight’s Windsor Stop Hudak meeting now OPEN TO MEDIA

posted on May 13, 2014

CAMPAIGN TO STOP TIM HUDAK COMES TO WINDSOR WITH TUESDAY’S URGENT ALL-UNION MEETING  **MEDIA NOTE: Meeting is now OPEN to reporters (WINDSOR) ─ The province-wide campaign to stop Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and his attack on workers and the labour movement rolls into Windsor 6 p.m., Tues., May 13, for an urgent and large all-union [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Windsor with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on May 11, 2014

(WINDSOR) ─ The province-wide campaign to stop Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and his attack on workers and the labour movement rolls into Windsor 6 p.m., Tues., May 13, for an urgent and large all-union meeting. With only weeks left to mobilize, Ontario’s labour movement is organizing for the fight of its life. It is warning [...]

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RELEASE: Sudbury tragedy: 2 miners killed. Government must act now!

posted on May 6, 2014

TWO MORE WORKERS KILLED IN SUDBURY TODAY OFL CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION TO END FATALITIES (TORONTO) -This morning’s death of two men at First Nickel Inc.’s Lockerby Mine near Sudbury has stunned the labour movement and spurred new demands for meaningful action. The deaths are reported by the company to be attributable to  “a fall [...]

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RELEASE: Ontario Budget

posted on May 1, 2014

(TORONTO – OFL calls on parties not to miss opportunity to make real gains for Ontarians Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan acknowledges gains for working people in the most progressive budget this province has seen in recent years, but warns that a course correction is still needed away from austerity. “Ontarians are [...]

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FACT SHEET: Why We Need a Day of Mourning: April 28, 2014

posted on April 25, 2014

Since the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act came into effect in October 1979, the following deaths and injuries have occurred in Ontario workplaces according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (previously the Workers’ Compensation Board). See PDF below for table of statistics These fatality figures still do not reflect the true toll taken [...]

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STATEMENT: April 28, 2014 National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. Mourn for the Dead and Fight for the Living

posted on April 25, 2014

This Monday, April 28, is the labour movement’s most solemn day. Thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job will gather at ceremonies across Ontario to pay tribute to fallen workers and to renew our call to “Fight for the Living.” In the last 25 days alone, as we [...]

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RELEASE: April 28, 2014 National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job

posted on April 25, 2014

(TORONTO) – Today’s release by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) of the latest statistics on workplace death, injuries and illnesses is fuelling new demands for progress and change. Officially, the death toll now stands at 10,384 since 1979 when Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act began reporting. But the official numbers bear little [...]

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Province’s first official Equal Pay Day launches tomorrow amidst demands for action

posted on April 15, 2014

(TORONTO) – On the eve of the Ontario’s first official Equal Pay Day, April 16, unions, community groups and professional women’s organizations are issuing a call to Premier Kathleen Wynne to close Ontario’s gender pay gap for good. “No more waiting and no more excuses,” said the OFL’s Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison. “Ontario’s economy has for [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sarnia with Wednesday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sarnia with Wednesday’s urgent all-union meeting (SARNIA) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Sarnia with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Wed., April 16. Calling Hudak’s claim that [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Hamilton Region with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Hamilton Region with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting (HAMILTON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Hamilton with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Thurs., April 10. Calling Hudak’s claim [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peel Region with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peel Region with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting (PEEL REGION) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Peel Region with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Tues., April 8. Calling [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph with Monday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph with Monday’s urgent all-union meeting (KITCHENER/WATERLOO/GUELPH) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Kitchener with an urgent all-union meeting Mon., April 7. Calling Hudak’s claim that he [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to North Bay with Saturday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to North Bay with Saturday’s urgent all-union meeting (NORTH BAY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into North Bay with an urgent all-union meeting Sat., April 5. Calling Hudak’s claim that [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peterborough with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 2, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peterborough with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting (PETERBOROUGH, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Peterborough with an urgent all-union meeting Thurs., April 3. Calling Hudak’s claim that he has shelved [...]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Thunder Bay with April 1 urgent all-union meeting

posted on April 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2014 ADVISORY: THUNDER BAY MEETING TONIGHT Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Thunder Bay with April 1 urgent all-union meeting (THUNDER BAY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Thunder Bay with an urgent all-union meeting tonight, Tues., [...]

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Cruise Boycott Expands: Anything But Carnival says Ontario Federation of Labour

posted on March 31, 2014

(TORONTO) – The boycott of Carnival Cruises gained significant new support and momentum today as the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) officially threw its support behind it. The one-million member OFL joins a growing list of supporters in endorsing the boycott to protest the role of Carnival’s chief executive in a nearly seven-month labour dispute [...]

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