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New Report: Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals

posted on November 5, 2015

Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals INTRODUCTION In September of this year, Dr. Brenda Steinnagel filed a lawsuit against her employer and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), alleging that she was fired by the clinic she worked for at the behest [...]

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Harper’s Record on Income, Inequality and Canada’s Social Safety Net

posted on October 16, 2015

With October 19th Election only days away, the Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour has put together a fact sheet, entitled “Ruthless: The Harper Record on Income, Inequality and Canada’s Social Safety Net.” This informative document reminds voters about the Harper cuts to Old Age Security, Health Care, Arts and Culture, Women’s [...]

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Sid Ryan’s President’s Report – Fall 2015

posted on September 28, 2015

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT September 28, 2015 Sisters and Brothers, I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement – to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. What I do next, what issues I champion, what challenges I tackle, [...]

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Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan

posted on September 23, 2015

 Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan The Ontario Federation of Labour president says he won’t seek re-election and considers his legacy as a union leader By: Sid Ryan Published on Tue Sep 22 2015 | Toronto Star I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement [...]

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OFL Young Workers’ Assembly – Nov. 21 to 22, 2015

posted on September 20, 2015

The OFL Young Workers’ Committee will be hosting the second Young Workers’ Assembly on November 21 and 22, 2015, immediately preceding the 13th Biennial OFL Convention (November 23-27, 2015). This informative and instructive session is open to all young worker delegates to Convention and young worker activists. It will include a full day of educational [...]

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Special Toronto Star Supplement on Unions Features the OFL

posted on September 3, 2015

Be sure to pick up a copy of the September 3, 2015 edition of the Toronto Star to find a special Labour Day supplement on unions. The forward and front page ad for this unique section were donated to the OFL to promote a Labour Day message on behalf of Ontario’s workers. The special section [...]

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There is a Better Choice: VOTE NDP!

posted on September 1, 2015

During past nine years of a Harper-led government, the Conservatives have proven that they will trample the rights of all who stand in their path. Environmentalists who opposed the tar sands, fracking and oil pipelines got a taste of this when Public Safety Minister Vic Toews listed them as “eco-extremists.” Union members have been reminded of [...]

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5 Facts About the NDP’s $15 Minimum Wage Strategy

posted on August 8, 2015

“The NDP’s $15 federal minimum wage strategy is exactly what working families in Canada need. Tom Mulcair and the federal New Democratic Party are on the mark with their minimum wage strategy. A rising tide lifts all boats, and one way to reverse the trend of growing income inequality is a livable wage – a [...]

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Mass Rally in Toronto on July 5 to demand ‘Jobs, Justice and the Climate’

posted on June 25, 2015

In what some are calling an unprecedented alliance, labour unions joined forces with environmental activists and Indigenous communities across Canada on May 21, 2015, to announce plans for the July 5 “March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.” The table was set by internationally acclaimed author and activist, Naomi Klein, whose award-winning book “This Changes [...]

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Call for Nominations: OFL 2015 Convention Awards

posted on June 25, 2015

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the upcoming OFL 13th Biennial Convention Awards: Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award Bob Borch Human Rights Award Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award OFL Cultural Award Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety OFL Young Workers’ [...]

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NEW DATE! Register Now for the Workers of Colour Symposium on November 21, 2015

posted on June 24, 2015

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be holding a Workers of Colour Symposium on November 21, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, in the Civic Ballroom North. The Symposium will allow a safe space for participants to discuss racism, discrimination, social and economic inequities in the labour movement, workplaces [...]

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Reforming Labour Laws: There’s a Lot on the line

posted on June 17, 2015

Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line. It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back. Today there is [...]

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OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships

posted on June 3, 2015

The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships for 2015. Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to each receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to support [...]

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OFL Submission and Briefing Notes on Ontario Budget Bill 91

posted on May 25, 2015

This month the Ontario’s Liberal government released its budget for 2015-2016. The budget’s implementation legislation is Bill 91, Building Ontario Up Act (Budget Measures), 2015, is a “Harper-style” omnibus bill that contains many measures, including provisions to create the new administrative and investment body for the ORPP, and to privatize Hydro One (Read the OFL [...]

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2015 Ontario LGBTQ Pride Event Listings

posted on May 8, 2015

LGBTQ Pride 2015 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 the past [...]

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Ontario Common Front South Asian Community Activism Awards – May 23, 2015

posted on April 30, 2015

South Asian Community Activism Awards 2015 Join the community and labour as we come together to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month and recognize community activists. Performances | Dinner | D.J. | Dancing May 23, 2015 − 7:00 pm Sagan Banquet Hall − 7180 Edwards Blvd − Mississauga, Ontario [map it!] Buy Tickets! Individual: $70 Table [...]

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African Canadian Summit Seeks to Make #BlackVotesMatter

posted on April 27, 2015

By nearly every measure, the African Canadian community across Ontario experiences markedly disproportionate rates of poverty, high school drop-out, child welfare, unemployment, violence and incarceration. While there have been some meaningful responses from the municipal, provincial and federal governments to the levels of disparity faced by the African Canadian community, such as Ontario’s Youth Action [...]

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Tories Attack Injured Workers’ Support

posted on April 14, 2015

Ontario Conservative Labour Critic Randy Hillier rose in the House on March 25, 2015, to open up a new attack on injured workers across the province. In his inflammatory remarks during the morning Question Period, Hillier called on the government to scrap funding for the OFL’s Occupational Disability Response Team (ODRT), a program he characterized [...]

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Joint OFL/ONIWG WCB Conference & March: Honouring 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation

posted on April 12, 2015

The Ontario Federation of Labour and Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups are sponsoring an exciting Workers’ Compensation conference, June 1-2 at the USW Hall in downtown Toronto.  The purpose of this conference is to celebrate 100 years of Workers Compensation, to assess the relevance of the fundamental principles of our current system and to [...]

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OFL & Ontario Common Front to Host Anti-Poverty Assembly from April 17-18, 2015

posted on March 10, 2015

Ontario remains a wealthy province inflicted with the disease of poverty. The only way to reverse the trend towards greater inequality is through broad and diverse organizing to demand meaningful change at every level. The Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour are calling on you to join students, workers, retirees and community [...]

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OFL Mourns Passing of John Eleen (1922 – 2015)

posted on March 9, 2015

It is with great sadness that the Ontario Federation of Labour mourns the loss of former Research Director, John Eleen. Serving the OFL for 23 years, John was a proud trade unionist and active member of the NDP. “The OFL extends condolences and heartfelt solidarity to the  family and friends of John Eleen. He was [...]

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VIDEO: Solidarity Rally for CUPE 3902

posted on March 6, 2015

University of Toronto educational workers went on legal strike on February 27, 2015 against precarious work and poverty salaries. The Ontario Federation of Labour organized a rally on March 5 to support CUPE 3902. The OFL will continue to rally with CUPE 3902 until a fair settlement is reached … after all, their working conditions [...]

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OFL Women's Leadership Summit 2015

Register Now! OFL Women’s Leadership Summit, May 1-3, 2015

posted on March 2, 2015

OFL Women’s Leadership Summit Unifor Family Education Centre, May 1-3, 2015 Dear Sisters and Brothers: We are excited to announce our 2nd OFL Women’s Leadership Summit! I am writing to invite you to sponsor Sisters from your Union to attend. This is a unique opportunity for women in your union to come together with like-minded [...]

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OFL Submission on the ORPP Calls for an End to Retirement Insecurity

posted on February 11, 2015

Summary Every Ontarian deserves security and dignity in retirement and yet by every measure most workers face the prospect of an uncertain future. Despite public demand, provincial support and sustained lobbying from Canada’s labour movement, the Harper government has repeatedly rejected the call for an expanded Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The result is a desperate [...]

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#SolidariTweet: Social Media Workshop for Labour Activists

posted on February 5, 2015

This workshop was developed by Joel Duff, Communications Director of the Ontario Federation of Labour, and is all about how to use social media tools to advance our activism online. Download an editable PowerPoint presentation deck for this workshop so you can modify it to educate labour activists in your union and community. You can [...]

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A Tribute to Activism: OFL Human Rights Director Janice Gairey Retires

posted on February 2, 2015

OFL Human Rights Director Janice Gairey Retires The OFL said goodbye and good luck to lifelong union and equity activist, Janice Gairey, who retired this January. While her tenure as an OFL Director was only 11 years long, Janice’s career as a labour activist and union organizer spans four decades. However, her ongoing work as [...]

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OFL/CLC Op-Ed: Ontario’s new pension should mirror CPP (Peterborough Examiner | Kingston Whig Standard)

posted on January 22, 2015

Ontario’s new pension should mirror CPP The Peterborough Examiner | Kingston Whig Standard Thu Jan 22 2015  Pages: A4 | A5 (respectively)‎ Section: Editorial/Opinion  Byline: HASSAN YUSSUFF AND SID RYAN, GUEST COLUMNISTS  The 17,500 Target workers laid off last week face some tough choices. Many worked part-time, meaning their access to Employment Insurance is limited, [...]

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International Women’s Day 2015 – Order Posters & Pins by Feb. 10

posted on January 15, 2015

Greetings Sisters & Brothers: I am writing to invite your union to participate in the fifth year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee. This year’s project reflects women’s spirit, sisterhood and solidarity. Both the pewter pin and poster are a work of art that our members and community will wear [...]

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OFL & CLC Team Up to Take on the 2015 Federal Election

posted on January 7, 2015

Sisters and Brothers, Working people in Canada are facing some of the most difficult challenges in history but 2015 marks a pivotal year of opportunity as well. With a federal election guaranteed to take place no later than October 19, 2015, the CLC and OFL have teamed up with local labour councils to host a [...]

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CLC Video Exposes Workplace Impact of Domestic Violence

posted on December 8, 2014

A new Canadian Labour Congress video asks the question “Can work be safe when home is not?” The video promotes startling new research demonstrating that Canadian employers lose $77.9 million annually due to the direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence, and the costs, to individuals, families and society, go far beyond that. The Canadian [...]

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Message from Unions: Approval of Tim Hortons Deal is Double Double Trouble

posted on December 8, 2014

SEIU Healthcare, Unifor and Teamsters Local 647 have raised the alarm about the dire consequences of a corporate mega-merger that would see the Canadian coffee chain, Tim Hortons, chain gobbled up by Burger King. Immediately following the Harper government’s approval of the deal, the three unions issued a scathing statement, calling it “double double trouble” [...]

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Boycott Beer Cans to Demand Fairness for Crown Holdings Workers

posted on December 2, 2014

This holiday season, when you raise a bottle, instead of a can, you are supporting good jobs for workers and their families. Take a stand against union-busting by changing your Facebook profile picture to promote the USW beer can boycott this holiday season. Crown Holdings, the U.S.-based aluminum can giant, has forced its 120 Toronto [...]

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