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OFL Video – Toronto Rally for a $14 Minimum Wage

posted on February 16, 2014

On Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists brought a vibrant rally to the heart of Toronto’s retail sector to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario families. Click here to watch the video: Add your support to the call for a $14 [...]

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Feb. 15 Rally for a $14 Minimum Wage

posted on February 4, 2014

This Family Day, Ontario families deserve a raise! Rally for a $14 minimum wage to lift working families out of poverty. Saturday, February 15, 2014 1 pm at Yonge and Dundas Square, Toronto Organized by the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front. Other events will [...]

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Postmedia News interviews Nancy Hutchison on workplace inquests

posted on January 24, 2014

Postmedia News produced a great 6-part series on public inquests. Part 5 features OFL Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison, who said that “History keeps repeating itself.” On the day she testified at the inquest into Justin Rogers’s death, she got an alert on her BlackBerry that two more mining workers had died in a “run of muck” [...]

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Celebrate African History Month with a Film viewing: Colour Me (A Documentary)

posted on January 21, 2014

Celebrate African History Month at a viewing of the amazing documentary film “Colour Me”. To register, visit: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/colour-me-tickets-10175223367 To find out more about the film, visit: www.ColourMeTheFilm.com Date: Feb. 23, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Place: Ontario Federation of Labour, 15 Gervais Dr. Auditorium, Toronto (Eglinton Ave. East at Don Mills Rd) Hosted [...]

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OFL’s 2014 Submission to Ontario’s Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 16, 2014

Below are the speaking notes of OFL President Sid Ryan to Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. To download the OFL’s comprehensive pre-budget submission, click HERE. Introduction Thank you for having me here today. My name is Sid Ryan and I am the President of the Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents 54 [...]

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OFL Workers of Colour Assembly ─ ‘The Rising of US All’ (Nov. 23, 2013)

posted on October 4, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be holding its second Workers of Colour one day Assembly organized by the OFL Workers of Colour Committee and cosponsored by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF), Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition (LATUC) and the [...]

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OFL Young Workers’ Assembly ─ ‘Young Workers Rising’ (Nov. 23-24, 2013)

posted on October 4, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The OFL Workers Under 30 Committee will be hosting the first Young Workers’ Assembly on November 23 and 24, 2013, immediately preceding the 12th Biennial OFL Convention. This informative and instructive session is open to all young workers and will include a full day of educational sessions and discussion [...]

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Obituary for Union Veteran Orville Thacker – 1932 to 2013

posted on October 3, 2013

Local union veteran Orville Thacker ‘changed the face of the labour movement’’ By Terry Pender Those who knew Orville Thacker believe his heart has a label that says: “Union Made.” The veteran trade-unionist died Monday. He was 81. For the first time in memory Thacker did not attend the Labour Day picnic this year. He [...]

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Remembering Linda Ann Jolley – 1945 to 2013

posted on October 3, 2013

Obituary: Linda Ann Jolley Quietly, in her 68th year, Linda passed away at home, on September 24, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Doug Felice, she is survived by her nephew Malcolm, her sister-in-law Jennifer, and her step-sons Craig and Christopher (Nakiea) and Christopher’s children Kiara and Cruz. Linda lived a life of passionate advocacy for [...]

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posted on September 30, 2013

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking a photographer for its 2013 biennial convention, held from November 25 to 29, 2013. PHOTO ASSIGNMENT Photographs of speakers, presenters, performers and delegates. This will include photographs of speakers at the podium and floor microphones, as well as casual photos of delegates. Photos will also be required [...]

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OFL Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner – Nov. 28, 2013

posted on September 25, 2013

Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner -  Nominations and Tickets The Ontario Federation of Labour will host the 1st Biennial Cliff Pilkey Awards Dinner at the upcoming convention. The dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 28, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto. As past president [...]

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Conference on Workers’ Compensation – Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2013

posted on September 23, 2013

No “Half Measures” is an international conference on workers’ compensation 100 years after Sir William Meredith presented his options for reform that would remove injustice for injured workers. “…Half measures which mitigate but do not remove injustice are, in my judgment, to be avoided. It would be the gravest mistake if questions were to be [...]

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Rally for Fairness in Bonfield


posted on September 20, 2013

The Ontario Federation of Labour is calling on all affiliates to rally on Saturday, October 5 in support of CUPE Local 4616 members in Bonfield, Ontario.

 These sisters and brothers, who provide municipal services to support people in the township, were forced into a defensive strike on August 1. The employer was demanding major concessions [...]

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ATU 1624 Campaign Aims to Put Fatigue Fatalities in Government Headlights

posted on September 18, 2013

After years of working diligently to boost public awareness about the tragic issue of driver fatigue, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1624 has launched a campaign to call on the Federal Ministry of Transportation to legislate safer rules to regulate the hours of service of motor coach drivers. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators [...]

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OFL Awards Post-Secondary Scholarship to Talented New Students

posted on August 30, 2013

For 29 years, the OFL has awarded two scholarships for post-secondary studies, worth $2,000 each, in honour of retired or deceased trade union activists who have contributed to the labour movement in Ontario. This year, a record number of applications were submitted and the winners were selected by a subcommittee of the OFL’s Workers Under [...]

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posted on August 18, 2013

I would like to invite you to the unveiling of a bronze statue of Jack Layton on the anniversary of his passing. This event will coincide with the City of Toronto’s official naming of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and was made possible through the generous donations of hundreds of labour unions, businesses and individuals. [...]

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VIDEO: Thousands rally for medicare in Niagara-on-the-Lake

posted on July 26, 2013

On Thursday, July 25, the Ontario Health Coalition and the Canadian Health Coalition hosted a great rally in Niagara-on-the-Lake to call on Canada’s premiers to put pressure on the Harper government to renew the Canada Health Accord. The OFL, along with many other labour unions and community groups played a significant role in helping to [...]

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HuffPost Blog: Ontario Premier Should Focus on Jobs (by Sid Ryan)

posted on July 19, 2013

Good jobs are at the heart of healthy economies and communities, so when the premiers meet next week at the Council of the Federation, job creation should be a top priority. In Canada and Ontario we currently face many labour market challenges, including the rise of precarious work, growing numbers of migrant workers, cuts to [...]

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OFL Letter to Premier Wynne on TSSA in Wake of Sunrise Tragedy

posted on July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne: Recent events have once again brought attention to the failure of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to adequately oversee and protect public safety in key areas such as fuel and elevators. Since [...]

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OFL Follow-Up Letter to Minister Naqvi on Elevator Worker Strike

posted on June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013 Honourable Yasir Naqvi Minister of Labour 14th Floor 400 University Avenue Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Re:  Follow-up to June 5, 2013 Letter Dear Minister Naqvi: I am writing to follow-up on a letter sent to your office on June 5, 2013 that expressed concern about the threat to public safety that is [...]

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Photos & Video: Elevator Worker Rally Gets Government Action

posted on June 7, 2013

Today’s rally of hundreds of elevator workers and their supporters got immediate action from the Government of Ontario when the Ministry of Labour ordered both parties back to the table to resolve the labour dispute. These workers, who were being prevented from keeping the province’s 50,000 elevators in operation by an employer coalition that was [...]

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HuffPost Blog: How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario (by Sid Ryan)

posted on June 6, 2013

Huffington Post blog by Sid Ryan How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario Original article was published on June 5, 2013, read it here If you are one of the millions of Ontarians who lives in a high-rise or works in an office tower, you wake up every morning expecting to get [...]

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OFL Letter to Minister Naqvi on Elevator Worker Strike

posted on June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013 Honourable Yasir Naqvi Minister of Labour 14th Floor 400 University Avenue Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Dear Minister Naqvi: On May 1, 2013, elevator maintenance workers in Ontario were forced on strike by their employer, the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA), which is made up of four big companies – Otis, Kone, Schindler [...]

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Take Part in the 30th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day: June 1

posted on May 29, 2013

Take Part in the 30th Anniversary of Injured Workers’ Day Saturday June 1st, 2013 11:00 a.m. (overnight vigil begins at 4:00 p.m. Friday May 31st) Queen’s Park – Ontario Legislature (walk north from Queen’s Park Subway stop – College/University) Celebrate and call for justice for injured workers. Workers’ compensation is being destroyed to save employers [...]

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LGBTQ Pride 2013

posted on May 17, 2013

April 2013 LGBTQ Pride 2013 Dear Sisters and Brothers: Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Over [...]

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