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OFL Response to Wynne Budget: Government must go further to reverse austerity

posted on July 14, 2014

Statement from Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomes the measures in today’s budget that will make the province a better place for workers, but warns that it will continue to vigorously oppose all forms of privatization and cuts that unfairly place the burden [...]

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National Aboriginal Day is significant to the Ontario Federation of Labour and its affiliates

posted on June 20, 2014

June 21 was proclaimed National Aboriginal Day by Canadian Parliament in 1996. Yet today, First Nations, Metis and Inuit and people throughout Canada continue to struggle for equality, justice and respect. Over 1.8 million people reported having an Aboriginal ancestry, or ancestors with an Aboriginal Identity in Canada in 2011 .More than 1.4 million people [...]

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Statement by Sid Ryan – OFL to Wynne: Keep your promises and build a more fair Ontario

posted on June 13, 2014

(Toronto, Ontario) – Today, a clear majority of Ontarians voted for fairness and against Hudak’s reckless cuts, costly tax giveaways to wealthy corporations, and wholesale firing of 100,000 public sector workers. This should serve as a warning to the Progressive Conservative Party that there is no appetite for emulating American Tea Party-style politics in this [...]

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Statement by Sid Ryan regarding the Toronto Sun editorial cartoon of June 5, 2014

posted on June 6, 2014

(Toronto) It is during election times like these that the Canadian spirit shines through. Our democracy relies upon a vigorous public debate, the freedom to express one’s beliefs and an independent news media that covers the issues fairly. What makes our civil society so strong is that we exercise our democratic freedoms in a peaceful [...]

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Injured Workers’ Day, June 1, 2014

posted on May 31, 2014

STATEMENT by Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour The Ontario Federation of Labour and its affiliates stand in solidarity with everyone participating in this year’s Injured Workers’ Day. This annual event draws attention to the plight of the more than 230,000 men and women, and increasingly young workers, who are injured on [...]

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STATEMENT: International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

posted on May 15, 2014

May 17, the Ontario labour movement stands in solidarity with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities and affirms our ongoing commitment to fight against homophobia and transphobia. Read the OFL’s full statement here.“Standing Up! Speaking Out! Solidarity Against Hatred”      

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STATEMENT: Asian Heritage Month

posted on May 9, 2014

OFL STATEMENT ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH MAY 2014 May is Asian Heritage Month and has been designated in recognition of the important contributions of Asian Canadians to the settlement, growth and cultural development of Canada. One month is a short time to do justice to those who were instrumental in building and shaping Canada. Asians of [...]

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Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014

posted on April 8, 2014

OFL STATEMENT April 8, 2014 Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014 Bullying, and its traumatic consequences, remains a daily concern in the lives of too many people. The impact is often most targeted and most severe for LGBTQ youth (Lesbian, Gay, [...]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Young People in Ontario Shouldn’t Have to Work For Less (Huffington Post, March 31, 2014)

posted on April 1, 2014

By: Sid Ryan Published on Mon Mar 31, 2014. Click here to view the original. Crown Holdings, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of food and beverage containers, is using its corporate might to create an underclass of young workers at its Toronto factory. After doubling its profits in 2012 to more than $200 million, [...]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Tim Hudak’s low-wage agenda is hiding in plain sight (Toronto Star, March 4, 2014)

posted on March 4, 2014

Tim Hudak’s low-wage agenda is hiding in plain sight Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak’s dropping of ‘right-to-work’ leaves the door open to pushing an anti-worker agenda by other means, says the head of the Ontario Federation of Labour. By: Sid Ryan Published on Tue Mar 04 2014. Click here to view the original. Tim Hudak’s [...]

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OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2014

posted on March 3, 2014

OFL STATEMENT March 6, 2014 Women Join the Fight Against Hudak’s Low-Wage Agenda: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2014 As millions of women around the world observe International Women’s Day, the Ontario Federation of Labour will proudly celebrate the role that unions have played in elevating the living standards of all [...]

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OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014

posted on February 27, 2014

Ergonomic Regulations are Needed to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries. OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014 On Feb 28, we mark the 15th 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 [...]

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OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day

posted on December 17, 2013

OFL STATEMENT December 18, 2013 OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day Ontario’s shameful treatment of migrant workers made headlines throughout 2013, after scandal, exploitation and abuse attracted unprecedented public exposure to the misuse of the Temporary Foreign Workers’ Program (TFWP). [...]

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LETTER: Invest in CPP; don’t gamble with PRPPs

posted on December 16, 2013

LETTER TO THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO: Dear Honourable Premier and Honourable Minister: Re: Canada Pension Plan vs. Pooled Registered Retirement Pension Plans (“PRPPs”) We write in regard to your government’s call for submissions about PRPPs. PRPPs are products supported by the financial services industry. Essentially, they would be much like group RRSPs – relatively expensive [...]

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OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day

posted on December 10, 2013

OFL STATEMENT December 10, 2013 Mandela’s Legacy Inspires Workers to Renew Commitment to Justice and Equality for All OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, vision with action can change the world” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) This year, [...]

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OFL Statement for December 6, 2013, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

posted on December 5, 2013

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2013  Rising Together Against Violence Against Women: OFL Statement for December 6, 2013, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (TORONTO) — As Ontarians gather in cities and towns across the province to remember the women victims of gender-based violence, Ontario’s labour movement recommits to concrete actions to [...]

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Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013

posted on November 19, 2013

OFL STATEMENT November 19, 2013 Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2013 Every year, November 20 is recognized around the world as the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR). It is meant as a day to challenge prejudice and hatred, to memorialize those who [...]

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Letter to Minister Duguid: Canada Jobs Grant

posted on November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013 Honourable Brad Duguid Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities 3rd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, ON  M7A 1L2 Dear Minister Duguid: We are writing to express our concern about the federal government proposal to divert funding away from existing Labour Market Agreements to a new Canada Job Grant program. Your [...]

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OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013

posted on September 26, 2013

OFL STATEMENT September 26, 2013 Women Workers Making History – Inside Unions and Out: OFL Statement for Women’s History Month – October 2013 Many unions and federations now have policies that designate seats on leadership bodies for women and other equity groups. In Canada, this process began in 1983 when the Ontario Federation of Labour [...]

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OFL Letter to Federal Transit Minister: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities

posted on September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013 Hon. Lisa Raitt Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Raitt: Subject: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities On behalf of over one million unionized workers in Ontario, I am writing to urge you to respond to a recent open letter from Amalgamated Transit Union Local [...]

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Unions put people at the centre of Ontario’s growth: OFL Statement on Labour Day 2013

posted on August 30, 2013

OFL STATEMENT August 30, 2013 Unions put people at the centre of Ontario’s growth: OFL Statement on Labour Day 2013 For generations, parents have held dear the expectation that their hard work would deliver a brighter future and improved fortunes for their children and their grandchildren. However, today’s youth are predicted to become the first [...]

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