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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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OFL Convention 2017 Awards – Call for Nominations

posted on July 11, 2017

To download the Nomination information click here. Bob Borch Human Rights Award Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award OFL Cultural Award Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety OFL Young Workers’ Award Prevention Link’s Disability Prevention Activist Award Deadline for Nominations: October 15, 2017 The Ontario Federation of […]

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Economists support $15 minimum wage in Ontario

posted on July 4, 2017

We, the undersigned economists, support the decision to increase the minimum wage in Ontario to $15 an hour. Raising the wage floor makes good economic sense. Today, Ontario’s minimum wage is $11.40 per hour. Adjusted for inflation, this is barely one dollar higher than its value in 1977. Yet over the same four decades, the […]

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In memoriam: Stan Raper 1961 – 2017

posted on June 9, 2017

The OFL mourns the passing of Brother Stan Raper, who died June 5. A staunch labour and farm worker advocate who worked on behalf of domestic and migrant agriculture workers for more than two decades, Raper was born in Fort Frances, Ontario in 1961. As a teenager and high school student, he learned first-hand about […]

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2017 Pride event listings

posted on June 9, 2017

To download the listing of 2017 Pride Events click here. Signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQI*) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Labour […]

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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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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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Deadline Extended to August 1, 2017: Apply for the 2017 OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships today!

posted on May 4, 2017

To download the OFL/AIL scholarship application form click here. The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the annual OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships. Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to each receive a […]

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OFL Statement on Chronic Mental Stress Provisions (Schedule 33) of Bill 127: Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act, (Budget Measures), 2017

posted on May 1, 2017

On November 16, 2016, Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley wrote a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne pointing out that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Buckley pointed to a recent complaint to the Ontario Ombudsman by the injured worker community, which among other […]

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OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

posted on April 28, 2017

On April 28, thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job are gathering at ceremonies across Ontario to commemorate the labour movement’s most solemn occasion, the annual Day of Mourning. They are hearing speakers repeat our motto: “Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living” On this day, we […]

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Nominations are open for the Ontario Federation of Labour Solidarity & Pride Champion Award

posted on March 10, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the SOLIDARITY & PRIDE CHAMPION AWARD. This new annual award is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and two-spirit (LGBTQI) human rights, […]

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This Black History Month recommit to stopping racism, prejudice and discrimination

posted on February 3, 2017

February is Black History Month recognizing the social, cultural and economic contributions of Black people and people of African and Caribbean descent. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) believes that Black History Month must also be a time to reinforce the collective resolve of Canadian workers to be active and present in progressive movements to […]

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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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Solidarity Sisters Women’s March on Washington Bus Travel Information and Tips

posted on January 16, 2017

Allergy Alert –  NO NUTS PLEASE Arrive at 7:30 a.m. for 8:00 a.m. departure OFL Building 15 Gervais Drive (Eglinton Ave E & Don Mills Road) across from the Superstore Parking is available in lot beside the building cost $6 for Friday until 6:00 p.m. no charge after 6:00 p.m. Saturday or Sunday. To get […]

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International Migrants Day: OFL Statement for December 18, 2016

posted on December 14, 2016

This December 18, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is recognizing International Migrants Day by calling on both Federal and Ontario governments to implement legislative reforms to put an end to exploitation and abuse of migrant workers. Canada’s unions believe that no matter where you’re from, if you work in Canada, you should be treated […]

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Unveiling the International Women’s Day Poster and Pin Design!

posted on December 14, 2016

You can now watch how the OFL International Women’s Day lapel pins are made here. Your union is invited to participate in the seventh year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is “Celebrating Solidarity and Sisterhood”. Both the pewter pin and poster […]

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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 Women’s Leadership Summit March 24 – March 26, 2017

posted on December 8, 2016

Dear Sisters and Brothers: We are excited to announce our 3rd OFL Women’s Leadership Summit! This is a unique opportunity for union women to come together with like-minded trade union and community Sisters to share information about skill building, strategy and the incredible opportunities for women in the labour movement. Women are now the majority […]

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This December 6: Let our mourning fuel our work toward the end of violence against women and girls

posted on December 5, 2016

This December 6 marks the 27th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre. Today, we remember the 14 women who were separated from their male classmates and murdered, only because they were women. This senseless act shocked our nation and remains a catalyst for collective action to end violence against women. Two of the women […]

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Safe workplaces for all: remove Schedule 16!

posted on December 1, 2016

OFL Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs My name is Patty Coates and I am the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). Also joining me today is Rob Halpin, Acting Director of Government Relations at the OFL. Special thank you to the clerk’s office – for their work in […]

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Letter to the candidates in the Ottawa-Vanier byelection

posted on November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 Dear Candidates, The by-election for Ottawa-Vanier has been called at a time where a significant number of constituents in your riding are precariously employed. This means that they receive low pay and few – if any – workplace benefits, have little or no job security, face constantly changing work scheduling, and are […]

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Letter to the candidates in the Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection

posted on November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 Dear Candidates, The by-election for Niagara West–Glanbrook has been called at a time where a significant number of constituents in your riding are precariously employed. This means that they receive low pay and few – if any – workplace benefits, have little or no job security, face constantly changing work scheduling, and […]

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OFL Submission on the Anti-Racism Directorate

posted on October 31, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to make a submission to the Anti-Racism Directorate on how to effectively address systemic racism across Ontario. To read the OFL submission on the Anti-Racism Directorate, please click here.

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Personal Emergency Leave Submission for the Changing Workplace Review

posted on September 15, 2016

The Government of Ontario is reviewing its labour and employment laws through the Changing Workplace Review (CWR). As part of that review, they invited submissions on possible changes to policies around Personal Emergency Leave.  To download a PDF of the OFL submission below, click here. Personal Emergency Leave Submission for the Changing Workplace Review by the Ontario […]

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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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This Labour Day we celebrate our victories, and continue the fight

posted on September 5, 2016

This Labour Day is a special one for Ontario. Our out-dated labour laws are under review. Whether or not you’re in a union, if you work for a living, these changes to Ontario’s laws will affect you. Anyone working (or looking for work) today can see that the landscape of the employment world has changed […]

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