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May 17

OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2015

posted on May 15, 2015

OFL STATEMENT May 17, 2015 Standing Up and Speaking Out as Proud Allies: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2015 Around the world, May 17 is recognized as a day of action, awareness and affirmation of the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and Queer-identified (LGBTQ) people. On [...]

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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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ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join Sudbury Teachers on the Picket Line

posted on May 8, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join Sudbury Teachers on the Picket Line (SUDBURY, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will be joining OSSTF District 3 President James Clyke and striking Sudbury high school teachers on the picket lines on Tuesday, May 12, at 11:30 [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join OSSTF Protest at London Office of Minister Deb Matthews

posted on May 7, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join OSSTF Protest at London Office of Minister Deb Matthews (LONDON, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will be joining Thames Valley education workers in a protest at Minister Deb Matthews’ London Constituency Office on Friday, May 8 from [...]

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OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2015

posted on May 1, 2015

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2015 South Asians Helped to Build Ontario, as Workers and as Citizens OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2015 Across Ontario, workers are joining the South Asian community in recognizing May as South Asian Heritage Month. However, this year’s celebrations are dampened by news last month that 70,000 [...]

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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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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Seeking justice for fallen workers (Toronto Star, April 28, 2015)

posted on April 28, 2015

Opinion / Commentary Seeking justice for fallen workers On the “Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job,” it isn’t enough to remember the dead; we must also protect the living. By: Sid Ryan Published on Mon Apr 27 2015. Click here to view the original. It was a scene of twisted [...]

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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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ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement

posted on April 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2015 ADVISORY: Ontario’s Largest Anti-Poverty Conference to Draw Speakers from U.S. “Fight for $15” and Québec Student Movement   (TORONTO, ON) ─ Organizers of the Ontario Common Front Anti-Poverty Assembly are anticipating over 500 people to participate in the two-day conference this weekend in Toronto. Topping the roster of impressive [...]

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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 Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 8, 2015

posted on April 7, 2015

OFL STATEMENT April 8, 2015 None Can Stay Silent in the Face of Bullying OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 8, 2015 Today the Ontario Federation of Labour calls upon workers across the province to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in your workplace, or [...]

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In Memoriam: Gloria David

posted on April 2, 2015

Ontario’s labour movement lost a proud trade unionist and an anti-racist activist last month with the passing of Gloria David. Hailing from OPSEU Local 532, Gloria invested decades of energy into building a strong local, both as Secretary and as President. She brought forward her passion and talents as a member of the OPSEU Provincial [...]

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OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2015

posted on March 20, 2015

OFL STATEMENT March 21, 2015 Poverty and Precarious Work Propel Ontario’s Racial Divide: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2015 Ontario remains a wealthy province inflicted with the disease of poverty, but the effects of this crisis of inequality are not evenly felt across society. Racialized people [...]

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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 Statement on International Women’s Day 2015

posted on March 6, 2015

OFL STATEMENT March 6, 2015 Women are Taking on the Anti-Worker Agenda: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2015 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 women [...]

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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 Welcomes Labour Law Review as Pathway Out of Poverty

posted on February 17, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2015 OFL Welcomes Labour Law Review as Pathway Out of Poverty (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomed Tuesday’s Ministry of Labour appointment of a special advisory to review the Ontario’s labour and employment standards. “This is a once in a generation opportunity to modernize Ontario’s out-dated [...]

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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 Statement by Sid Ryan: Labour Unions Will Challenge Past and Future Laws Armed with Supreme Court Ruling on Right to Strike

posted on January 30, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2015 OFL Statement by Sid Ryan: Labour Unions Will Challenge Past and Future Laws Armed with Supreme Court Ruling on Right to Strike “Today’s Supreme Court of Canada ruling is a game-changer in Canadian labour relations. Over the past decade we have seen governments at every level unilaterally strip a [...]

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Black History Month

OFL Statement: Honour Black Heritage by Fighting for Equity

posted on January 30, 2015

OFL STATEMENT January 30, 2015  Honour Black Heritage by Fighting for Equity: OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February, 2015 Most of us will never have heard of Rose Fortune or David George. They were among the first Black Loyalists to arrive in Nova Scotia following the U.S. War of Independence, which [...]

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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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Statement: OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation

posted on December 16, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 16, 2014 OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation OFL Statement for December 18, 2014 International Migrants Day “Government raids, recruiter corruption, employer exploitation, poverty wages, squalid conditions, treacherous work, harassment, intimidation, gender discrimination and threats of deportation. These are just a few of the dangers threatening [...]

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Statement: Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside

posted on December 9, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 09, 2014  Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside: OFL Statement for December 10, 2014, International Human Rights Day Around the world, December 10 is celebrated as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in [...]

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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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STATEMENT: Shining a Light on Violence Against Women

posted on December 5, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2014  Shining a Light on Violence Against Women: OFL Statement for December 6, 2014, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women December 6, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre in which 14 women were murdered because they were women. The École Polytechnique was [...]

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Statement: 1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice

posted on December 3, 2014

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2014  1.8 Million Ontarians with Disabilities Still Waiting for Justice: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, December 3, 2014 December 3 marks the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN, persons with disabilities make up 15 percent of the world’s population and it [...]

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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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It’s Time to Make Trans Human Rights the Law: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2014

posted on November 19, 2014

OFL STATEMENT November 19, 2014 It’s Time to Make Trans Human Rights the Law: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2014 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 have [...]

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Video: Support the WoodGreen workers – Workers United

posted on October 17, 2014

Watch the video of Sid Ryan speaking with WoodGreen workers. After months of negotiations, workers from WoodGreen Community Services, voted on October 8th to take strike action after refusing the employer’s latest contract offer.

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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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Together We Can Stop CETA! Sept. 26 – Ottawa

posted on September 23, 2014

Together We Can Stop CETA! The text may be finished, but the fight’s just beginning! Friday, September 26 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Ottawa Assemble outside the Transport Canada building (330 Sparks Street) starting at 11:30 am March to Parliament Hill for a noon-time rally On September 26, officials from Canada and the European Union [...]

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Good Jobs Summit, October 3-5 – Toronto

posted on September 21, 2014

The Summit will kick off Friday with a panel featuring Unifor Economist Jim Stanford; Centre of Policy Alternatives Ontario Director Trish Hennessy; Globe and Mail columnist and financial expert Preet Banerjee and others.

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Save Canada Post Rally, September 20 – Toronto

posted on September 16, 2014

STOP Harper – Save Canada Post Rally, September 20, Toronto We need to STOP Harper’s plan to eliminate home mail delivery and set higher prices for postage. When: Saturday, September 20, 1:00 p.m. Where: 511 Lawrence Avenue West (Eglinton-Lawrence constituency office of MP & Finance Minister, Joe Oliver)

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OFL welcomes NDP federal minimum wage commitment

posted on September 13, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour welcomed the announcement today by the federal NDP that, if elected, an NDP government would reinstate the federal minimum wage, lay out a path to reaching $15 per hour, and index the federal minimum wage to inflation. OFL President Sid Ryan said that a $15 per hour federal minimum wage [...]

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Opening March of the Peoples’ Social Forum – Ottawa, Aug 21, 2014

posted on August 12, 2014

Join us for the Opening March of the Peoples’ Social Forum

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St. Catharines Black History Bus Trip, Aug 23 2014

posted on August 7, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour is proud to support this event.

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Ontario Federation of Labour Lends Its Support to Heal100Kids

posted on August 4, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour, representing over 1 million workers in the province, has thrown its support behind the Heal100Kids humanitarian project led by Palestinian physician Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish. The project hopes to bring 100 severely wounded children from war-torn Gaza to Canada for medical treatment. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian physician and the [...]

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Welcome Emancipation Day and Ride the Underground Freedom Train

posted on July 29, 2014

By Natasha Henry. Read more at http://teachingafricancanadianhistory.weebly.com/blog August 1st, 2014 is a significant date in African history for two reasons. It marks the 180th anniversary of the legislation that abolished the enslavement of Africans throughout British colonies. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Universal Negro Improvement Association by the [...]

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Demand That Israel Stop Bombing Civilians in Gaza, Ryan Urges Harper

posted on July 21, 2014

The Ontario Federation of Labour joins millions of Canadians who are shocked by the armed conflict between Israel and Hamas, which has created a nightmare for tens of thousands of civilians who are caught in the crossfire. “The Harper government’s policy is unbalanced toward Israel, and is completely out of step with Canadians’ views,” said [...]

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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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London Regional Social Forum – July 11, 2014

posted on July 8, 2014

  London Regional Social Forum Social Change Beyond the Ballot Box: The Future is Ours Indigenous Issues – Environmental Justice –  Human Rights/Social Justice Countering Global Austerity Effective Action/Movement Building Labour/Union Issues Live Music Workshops Attack on Democracy Food Sovereignty Monetary and Economic Transformation Equality/Inequality   Join us at: Lorne Avenue Public School (723 Lorne [...]

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Cuban MP Mariela Castro Espin Presented OFL Workers’ Rights Award at World Pride

posted on June 28, 2014

Mariela Castro Espin Named OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award Recipient (World Pride – Toronto) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has presented Mariela Castro Espin of Cuba with the OFL Outstanding Workers’ Rights Advances Award for 2014. Ms. Castro Espin was presented the award by Sid Ryan, President of the OFL, at a reception [...]

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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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Ontario Common Front South Asian Awards

posted on June 2, 2014

The Ontario Common Front and the Ontario Federation of Labour hosted the South Asian Community Activism Awards 2014 on May 31 at the Sagan Banquet Hall in Mississauga. This year’s recipients for their outstanding contribution to the community were Naveen Mehta of the UFCW and Baldev Mutta of the Punjabi Community Health Services in Peel [...]

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