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OFL demands justice and safe working conditions for all workers

posted on September 15, 2017

(Toronto) – On September 2, 2016, 23-year old Amina Diaby, a temp agency worker who had been on the job just two weeks, was killed at the Fiera Foods plant in Toronto. The OFL’s Kill a Worker, Go to Jail campaign confirmed that this was the third worker death at that location. The OFL calls […]

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Stand together against hate

posted on August 18, 2017

(TORONTO, ON)  – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) condemns the racist attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia and the rise in racist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic attacks in Canada and the United States. Racist attacks are on the rise in Canada. In recent times our country has seen the murder of six worshippers at the Centre Culturel […]

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OFL Proudly Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day and pledge to work for Truth and Reconciliation

posted on June 21, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, and pledge to work for Truth and Reconciliation. Today is an important day to recognize the many contributions of the Indigenous Peoples of this land and is an occasion to reflect on the many challenges Indigenous Peoples still face. The […]

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OFL Letter to the Premier on the Upcoming Changing Workplaces Review Recommendations

posted on May 17, 2017

To download this letter click here. May 16, 2017 Honourable Kathleen O. Wynne Premier of Ontario Room 281, Main Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne: With the awaited release of the Changing Workplaces Review’s final recommendations, workers in Ontario are expecting the government to stand up and fight for their […]

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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

posted on May 16, 2017

On 17 May 1990, the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders. In commemoration of that decision, May 17 is recognized as the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia” – a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified […]

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OFL Urges Ontario Government to Stop the Sell-Off of Hydro One

posted on May 11, 2017

This week, the government announced that it will be selling more Hydro One shares, leaving the government owning less than half of the public utility. The OFL calls on the Ontario government to halt its sale of Hydro One. With more than 80 per cent of Ontarians opposed to the sale of Hydro One, the […]

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OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2017

posted on May 4, 2017

May is Asian and South Asian Heritage Month in Ontario. Across Ontario, workers are joining Asian and South Asian communities in celebrating the contributions of people from countries across Asia and South Asia to Canadian society. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) acknowledges and celebrates the rich history of Asian and South Asian Canadians and […]

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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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International Workers’ Day Statement: Workers will win decent work in Ontario and worldwide

posted on May 1, 2017

On International Workers’ Day, the Ontario Federation of Labour reaffirms its commitment to fighting for the rights of all workers. For more than a century International Workers’ Day has celebrated the achievements of the labour movement including the establishment of labour standards, and occupational health and safety standards. Commemorating the hard-fought victories is important, but […]

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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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Racism and Islamophobia are Barriers to an Equal Society: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2017

posted on March 13, 2017

Racism, bigotry and hatred know no boundaries, no borders, and no limits. Canadian headlines teem with tales of hate crimes. An Ottawa rabbi awoke to find a swastika spray-painted on her door. A Mississauga Jewish family had their home egged. An east Toronto neighbourhood was plastered with white supremacist recruitment posters. Muslim women have been […]

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Letter to the Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism from the OFL and Colour of Poverty–Colour of Change

posted on March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017 Honourable Michael Coteau Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism 14th Floor, 56 Wellesley Street West Toronto, ON   M5S 2S3 Dear Minister Coteau, The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC) welcome several of the announcements made earlier this week around the government’s Three Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan, which includes the […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour Statement for International Women’s Day 2017

posted on March 7, 2017

On International Women’s Day, in taking the time to reflect on the gains women have made toward equality, we must also set our sights on achieving true equality for women in all areas of life.   Right now, Ontario is reviewing its employment and labour laws. Recommendations are expected in the spring, and now is […]

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Ontario’s labour movement remembers Fred Upshaw, the first black trade unionist to lead a major Canadian union

posted on March 2, 2017

(Toronto) – Fred Upshaw was a trailblazer and a dedicated trade unionist who led the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) from 1990 to 1995, securing wage increases for public employees and winning unit reform and human rights language in OPSEU contracts. He was the first black trade unionist to lead a major Canadian union. […]

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OFL Statement for International RSI Awareness Day 2017: Ergonomic Regulations are Needed to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries

posted on February 27, 2017

On Feb 28, we mark the 18th Annual International RSI Awareness Day. This day was created by injured workers and labour activists to bring awareness and action to the growing epidemic of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) or musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). RSIs and MSDs are generic terms that refer to both long term chronic and acute […]

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The OFL mourns the passing of Canadian Auto Workers founding President and former Canadian Labour Congress President Bob White

posted on February 20, 2017

(Toronto) – The labour movement has lost a great activist and visionary leader. Today, the OFL mourns the passing of former CAW founding President and former Canadian Labour Congress President Bob White, and sends condolences to his family, friends and all those with whom he stood in solidarity. “The work Bob did for Canadian workers […]

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OFL endorses National Day of Action Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy

posted on February 3, 2017

The Labour movement in Ontario stands with the Muslim community. We believe immigrants and refugees should not be turned away based on their religious beliefs, culture, country of origin or what the colour of their skin may be. Attacks on Muslims and racist and Islamophobic policies have no place in Ontario or Canada. The OFL […]

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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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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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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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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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