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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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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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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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Rewarding Offenders – Read the OFL Report WSIB rebates for employers convicted of killing workers

posted on November 24, 2014

OFL Report “Rewarding Offenders” Exposes WSIB Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is rebating millions of dollars each year to companies that have been found guilty of offences that resulted in employees being killed in workplace accidents. Over the three year period between 2011 and 2013, 135 employers who had been convicted of offences [...]

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Video: Sid Ryan comments on Toronto mayoral race

posted on October 28, 2014

OFL President Sid Ryan congratulates Olivia Chow on a strong campaign, and urges newly elected Toronto Mayor John Tory to be ready to listen to all sides, and work with labour.

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OFL Aboriginal Educational Gathering – Nov 28-30, 2014

posted on September 26, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is holding its Aboriginal Educational Gathering from November 28, 29, and 30, 2014. The OFL and its affiliates have a long history of activism and lobbying on Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit issues. This is a Gathering that is reaching out to all non-Aboriginal People – labour and community, Aboriginal [...]

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Peoples’ Social Forum – Ottawa, August 21-24, 2014

posted on June 25, 2014

A general assembly was held in Ottawa in January for the Peoples’s Social Forum, with representation from First Nations, people of colour, Quebec, student movements, unions, environmental groups and others. Organized labour was well represented at this assembly and the OFL’s Antoni Shelton strongly articulated that labour rights must be central to the process. The [...]

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Deadline for OFL’s Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships June 16, 2014

posted on June 1, 2014

The OFL will award two scholarships worth $2,000 each to a member or the child of a member of a local union affiliated to the OFL.  The scholarships are awarded in honour of distinguished trade union activists selected by OFL Affiliates. Eligible scholarship recipients must be entering, in September 2014, the first year of a [...]

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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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2014 Women Vote – Ready to roll

posted on May 7, 2014

The OFL election materials are ready for you to download, copy and use, use, use. The Women Vote Canvass Kit is always in high demand and is an important vehicle to ensure women’s voices are heard. Also included are the all-important Women’s Issue Sheets, and  Women’s Cafe materials. It’s all here for you so that together, [...]

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Ontario Pride events underway and upcoming

posted on May 7, 2014

Check the listings to see what is planned for your area and attend. See the list below or view the attachment. Out & Proud Labour. Everyone invited! MAY Guelph Pride May 3 – 10 www.guelphpride.com Elliot Lake Pride May 30 – June 1 www.elpride.ca Tri-Pride: Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo May 30-June 7 www.tri-pride.ca Pride Niagara (St. Catharines) May 30 [...]

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Postponed: OFL Aboriginal Educational Gathering, June 13-15, Toronto

posted on May 5, 2014

Postponed to November 28-30, 2014. OFL Aboriginal Educational Gathering OFL Offices 15 Gervais Drive Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Y8 Contact: Paulette Hazel, phazel@ofl.ca or 416-443-7667 or toll-free at 1-800-668-9138 ext 667 This gathering is for everyone, labour and community, First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and non-Aboriginal people. If you are concerned and interested in developing [...]

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