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Domestic Violence Goes to Work Every Day: A Bargaining Guide

posted on November 24, 2016

Ontario unions are pledging to negotiate paid leave for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in all collective agreements. To support this negotiation table priority, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has just released a guide for unions titled Domestic Violence Goes To Work Every Day: A Bargaining Guide. Click here to download Domestic Violence Goes […]

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Pledge to Make Paid Leave for Sexual and Domestic Violence Survivors a Collective Bargaining Priority

posted on November 24, 2016

No One Should Need to Choose Between Their Safety and Their Job The Ontario labour movement has a strong tradition of fighting for social and economic justice for the workers they represent and the broader community. In addition to a higher standard of living, unions fight for respect, equality and freedom from violence. As a […]

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Letter to The Honourable Marc Garneau re: PSAC 501 – Blue Water Bridge workers’ negotiations

posted on November 17, 2016

November 17, 2016 The Honourable Marc Garneau House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Garneau: Re: Potential labour disruption at Blue Water Bridge I am writing to add the voice of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), which represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario, to the PSAC call for you […]

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Sign the petition in support of Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 2016

posted on November 16, 2016

The OFL is joining with cross-sector community partners including justice, health, education, violence against women, among others, strongly supporting Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 2016. Bill 26 speaks to the pressing need to support victims of sexual and domestic violence with paid time off to see a doctor, attend a crisis centre, find […]

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Letter to the candidates in the Ottawa-Vanier byelection

posted on November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 Dear Candidates, The by-election for Ottawa-Vanier has been called at a time where a significant number of constituents in your riding are precariously employed. This means that they receive low pay and few – if any – workplace benefits, have little or no job security, face constantly changing work scheduling, and are […]

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Letter to the candidates in the Niagara West-Glanbrook byelection

posted on November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 Dear Candidates, The by-election for Niagara West–Glanbrook has been called at a time where a significant number of constituents in your riding are precariously employed. This means that they receive low pay and few – if any – workplace benefits, have little or no job security, face constantly changing work scheduling, and […]

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OFL endorses the November 2 National Student Day of Action

posted on October 21, 2016

Canada’s education system is in a crisis of rising fees, skyrocketing student debt and increased privatization. The average Canadian student owes $28,000 in student debt at graduation. This high upfront cost of education is increasingly a barrier for middle and working class learners, with 60 per cent of Canada’s post-secondary students today coming from the […]

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OFL presentation to the standing committee on Bill 64: Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act, 2016

posted on October 19, 2016

Presentation to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly October 19, 2016   My name is Ahmad Gaied, and I am the Executive Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. Thank you for the opportunity to speak to Bill 64: Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act, 2016. Also joining me today is Thevaki […]

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OFL Submission to the Changing Workplaces Review

posted on October 14, 2016

Download the OFL submission to the Changing Workplaces Review here.   Letter from OFL Officers to the Changing Workplaces Review: October 14, 2016 Dear C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray, On behalf of our 54 affiliates, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) commends both of you for the 2016 Changing Workplaces Review: Special […]

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Read the Fall issue of the Action Report

posted on October 14, 2016

Download the fall issue of the Action Report here. LETTER FROM PRESIDENT CHRIS BUCKLEY Sisters and Brothers, I write this almost one year into the term of the OFL leadership. Since we began we have been working diligently to reinvigorate the OFL, and I am proud to say that our efforts are taking root. In […]

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Urgent Appeal from Ontario’s Labour Leaders – October 1st rally for Decent Work

posted on September 28, 2016

Greetings! We’re writing to you to make an urgent appeal to attend the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park on October 1st at 1:00 p.m. Thousands of workers and community members will come together to demand decent jobs for all Ontarians, a fairer economy and a better province. You have the opportunity to join the growing […]

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Thousands of Ontarians to Rally for Decent Work October 1 at Queen’s Park

posted on September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ The labour movement, alongside community partners, will be mobilizing thousands of Ontarians for the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 1. The Rally for Decent Work coincides with the government’s Changing Workplaces Review, which offers options for updating Ontario’s long-outdated employment laws. […]

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JOB POSTING: OFL Prevention Project Return-To-Work Regional Co-ordinator

posted on September 16, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers and is Canada’s largest provincial labour federation. The OFL’s Prevention Project is seeking two (2) Return-To-Work Regional Co-ordinators to lead the Prevention Project’s disability prevention services efforts. The Return-To-Work Regional Co-ordinator will oversee the delivery of training services to workers and groups of […]

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Personal Emergency Leave Submission for the Changing Workplace Review

posted on September 15, 2016

The Government of Ontario is reviewing its labour and employment laws through the Changing Workplace Review (CWR). As part of that review, they invited submissions on possible changes to policies around Personal Emergency Leave.  To download a PDF of the OFL submission below, click here. Personal Emergency Leave Submission for the Changing Workplace Review by the Ontario […]

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Advisory: OFL joins CUPW to Rally for Pensions, Pay Equity and Fairness

posted on August 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   August 8, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ Since the beginning of this year, 18,000 members of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) whom work for Canada Post have unjustifiably been without a contract and have been locked in drawn-out negotiations over equal pay for rural postal workers, job security and pension structure. The Canadian […]

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The OFL Calls for the Eradication of Systemic Racism and Lethal Force in Policing

posted on August 4, 2016

OFL Statement August 4, 2016 Abdirahman Abdi’s Death Cannot Be In Vain The OFL Calls for the Eradication of Systemic Racism and Lethal Force in Policing The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is disheartened and outraged at the death of a defenseless black man after a violent confrontation with police, in Ottawa, and calls on […]

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Interim “Changing Workplaces Review” Report should be a Springboard for Employment Reforms

posted on July 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      July 27, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes the release of the Interim Report from the Government of Ontario’s Changing Workplaces Review. The report lays out the parameters for action to improve and modernize Ontario’s outdated employment laws. The report summarizes the many challenges facing employees in […]

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OFL Conference: Violence & Harassment in the Workplace

posted on July 19, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour will hold an important one-day conference, to address new legislative changes in Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) as they relate to sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence and related matters. The conference will convene at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the OFL Building, 15 Gervais Drive, […]

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Advisory: Canada’s Labour Leaders To All Premiers: Make Life Better For Vulnerable Workers

posted on July 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         July 15, 2016 (Toronto, Ontario) – Ahead of the Council of the Federation meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon on July 20-22, Canada’s labour leaders are calling on the provincial and territorial premiers to make Canada’s most vulnerable workers the focus of their talks. “This is the first time the premiers have met in […]

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Advisory: OFL joins Legal Aid Lawyers’ Picket for Fairness and a Union

posted on July 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 12, 2016 Wednesday: OFL joins Legal Aid Lawyers’ Picket for Fairness and a Union (TORONTO, ON) ─ Since 2012, the Ontario Liberals have ignored repeated calls from Legal Aid lawyers for collective bargaining rights with the union of their choice, The Society of Energy Professionals. The Society of Energy Professionals, Ontario […]

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Letter to the Prime Minister: STOP the imminent and unjustified Canada Post lock out and negotiate a fair deal with the union

posted on July 6, 2016

On July 5 2016, OFL sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging him to take immediate action to prevent the imminent lock out and service disruption at Canada Post, this summer. The time to take action is now! Canada Post locked postal workers out in 2011 until the Conservatives forced them back to work with legislation […]

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This year, take the campaign to Pride!

posted on June 29, 2016

Together, we’ve Got PRIDE. Getting and keeping a good job; safe, respectful communities; health benefits for us and our loved ones…these are all LGBTQ issues and we need strong labour unions to get them. Ontario unions have marched side-by-side with the LGBTQ community to secure legal, social and economic rights such as: Protection from workplace […]

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Make It Fair: Precarious Work Survey

posted on June 28, 2016

We want to hear your thoughts on precarious work! The OFL’s Make It Fair campaign is reaching out to talk to Ontarians about their experiences of precarious (involuntary part-time, casual, contract, temporary, unsafe work), as well as the experiences of their family and friends. This survey is a great tool for kicking off important conversations with […]

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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016

posted on May 16, 2016

OFL STATEMENT May 17, 2016 Generations United Against Homophobia and Transphobia: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2016 Around the world, 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, […]

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Support for Fresh Taste Workers – Day of Action on May 5 at 7 a.m.

posted on May 3, 2016

Thursday’s solidarity rally has been cancelled because the Fresh Taste Produce workers won their first contract on Tuesday, May 3, 2016! Many congratulations to Teamsters Local Union 419 and the many community and labour supporters who swung in behind this group courageous Tibetan workers to help them fight for fairness. However, it shouldn’t be this […]

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OFL Letter to Premier Wynne and Minister MacCharles, RE: Ontario Autism Program

posted on May 3, 2016

On March 29, Minister of Children and Youth Services, Tracey MacCharles, announced the Wynne Government’s new Ontario Autism Program, which proposed to reduce wait times for intensive therapy by drastically cutting eligibility for these vital interventions. Under the new regime, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) will be limited to children between the ages of 2 and […]

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Toronto Star Op-Ed: Ontario labour laws failing vulnerable workers (Chris Buckley, May 1, 2016)

posted on May 1, 2016

On May 1, 2016, OFL President Chris Buckley published an opinion column in the Toronto Star, arguing that the striking Fresh Taste produce workers are a poster case for labour law reform in Ontario. Read the full column below and support the solidarity rally for Fresh Taste workers this Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 am: […]

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OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2016

posted on April 29, 2016

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2016 Standing with Asian & South Asian Workers Against Income Inequality OFL Statement for Asian & South Asian Heritage Month – May 2016 Across Ontario, workers are joining Asian and South Asian communities in recognizing May as both Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month. However, while the Ontario Federation […]

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Teddy Bears Picket for Library Workers: Sat. Apr. 30, from 11am to 1pm

posted on April 29, 2016

WHEN: April 30, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square 100 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 CONTACT: Event website CUPE Local 4948, representing workers at the Toronto Public Library, have been leading the fight against precarious work in the city. Library workers at a critical stage in bargaining with […]

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OFL Statement on National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28, 2016

posted on April 26, 2016

OFL STATEMENT April 26, 2016 Workplace Safety Must be Canada’s Bottom Line OFL Statement on National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28, 2016 Thursday, April 28 is the labour movement’s most solemn day. Thousands of workers, friends and families of fallen workers will gather at ceremonies across […]

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Letter to Government of Canada: Call for an Asbestos Ban

posted on April 25, 2016

On March 31, 2016, the OFL sent letters to the Federal Minister of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and the Minister of Science to call for a national ban on all asbestos products. To download PDF versions of the letters, click on Min. Mihychuk or Min. Duncan. March 31, 2016 The Honourable MaryAnn […]

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2016 Ontario Pride Events

posted on April 25, 2016

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. Labour unions have played a vital, […]

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May 8: Mother’s Day “Stroller Rally” to Support Maternity Leave

posted on April 25, 2016

In December 2015, Gilary Massa, a member of CUPE 1281, was fired while on maternity leave. Please join us in taking action to support Gilary and defend the rights of new parents across the country. Supporters are coming together under the #IStandWithGilary campaign to demand Gilary’s reinstatement. You can help in the following ways: Attend the […]

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Court Ruling Against Bill 115 Secures Charter Rights of Every Worker

posted on April 21, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 21, 2016 Court Ruling Against Bill 115 Secures Charter Rights of Every Worker OFL Calls on Premier Wynne to Bring Balance and Fairness to Labour Laws (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded yesterday’s Ontario Superior Court ruling upholding the collective bargaining rights of educational workers, including their […]

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OPSEU Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Re-Join OFL

posted on April 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2016 OPSEU Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Re-Join OFL (TORONTO, ON) ─ At their annual convention Thursday, 1,700 delegates of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) voted 93.8 percent in favour of restoring their membership in the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). It was a decision met with thunderous applause. […]

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Letter to RSU: Immediate Reinstatement of Gilary Massa

posted on April 8, 2016

On April 8, 2016, the OFL sent a letter to Andrea Bartlett, President Ryerson Students’ Union, to oppose the shameful and illegal termination of Gilary Massa, just three months into her maternity leave. The OFL is calling on unions, community groups and concerned citizens to show support for Gilary by sending similar letters to President […]

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In Memoriam: Jim Freeman (March 17, 1955 – April 4, 2016)

posted on April 6, 2016

Click here to download the memorial tribute to Jim Freeman produced by the OFL, CLC and regional labour councils. Join a Celebration of Jim’s Life: Friday, April 8, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Mount Lawn Funeral Home (Reception Room), 21 Garrard Rd. in Whitby. The labour movement will also be hosting a […]

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OFL Applauds Ontario NDP Support for a $15 Minimum Wage

posted on April 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2016 OFL Applauds Ontario NDP Support for a $15 Minimum Wage (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes an announcement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, pledging her party’s support for a $15 minimum wage. The OFL is part of a broad coalition of labour unions and […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City

posted on March 30, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 30, 2016 Ontario Federation of Labour pledges support for Black Lives Matter Tent City (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has joined the chorus of community groups and organizations from a broad and diverse cross-section of society that are calling for action on the demands brought forward to […]

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OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2016

posted on March 10, 2016

OFL STATEMENT March 10, 2016 Racism and Islamophobia are Barriers to an Equal Society: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2016 By every measure, Ontario has the fastest growing rates of poverty and inequality out of every province in Canada, but the effects of this epidemic are […]

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OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016

posted on March 3, 2016

OFL STATEMENT March 3, 2016 Women Can’t Wait 100 Years to End Wage Discrimination OFL Statement in Support of International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016 Based on the current rate of progress, it will take over 100 years before women earn the same wages as men. In Ontario today, even though women now account […]

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OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism

posted on February 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2016 OFL Applauds Ontario’s New Anti-Racism Directorate, Calls for Resources and Labour Representation to Challenge Racism (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded today’s Ontario Government announcement about the creation of a new Anti-Racism Directorate to work in collaboration with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The OFL […]

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STRIKE AVERTED! Feb. 2 Taxi Protest Cancelled

posted on February 10, 2016

Taxi drivers from across the GTA extend their thanks to supporters from all sectors. The United Taxi Workers’ Association has called off current taxi strike plans but they ask community members to continue to boycott illegal online taxi services, like UberX, that are undermining good jobs, public safety and fair play!

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OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February 2016

posted on February 1, 2016

OFL STATEMENT February 1, 2016 Ending Racism is a Collective Obligation OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February 2016 Across Canada, the month of February is recognized as Black History Month and the social, cultural and economic contributions of Black people and people of African and Caribbean descent are celebrated. However, the […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Officers to join thousands for Hamilton Day of Action to defend steel jobs, pensions and manufacturing

posted on January 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2016 ADVISORY: OFL Officers to join thousands for Hamilton Day of Action to defend steel jobs, pensions and manufacturing (HAMILTON, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be joining thousands of workers and community members at a Hamilton rally on Saturday to support good jobs, pensions and Canadian […]

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STAND UP FOR STEEL: Hamilton Rally, Jan. 30, 2016

posted on January 25, 2016

BUSES TO TRAVEL TO HAMILTON FOR JAN. 30 RALLY FOR STEEL JOBS Join thousands traveling to Hamilton for a January 30 rally to defend good jobs and the pensions of Steelworker retirees that are currently under attack. Let’s rally together for our Steel industry, to keep producing, to stop the CCAA courts from hurting our […]

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OFL Drafts Plan to End the Gender Wage Gap

posted on January 20, 2016

The OFL joined with anti-poverty groups and other pay equity advocates to echo the call of the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition’s 2008 Framework for Action. The OFL made a submission to the Ontario Gender Wage Gap Strategy to call on the government to commit to a plan that would close Ontario’s 31.5% gender pay gap […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 18, 2016

FOR RELEASE AT 10:00 AM January 19, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultations (OTTAWA, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ottawa on January 22 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Sault Ste. Marie Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Sault Ste. Marie Pre-Budget Consultations (SAULT STE. MARIE, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Sault Ste. Marie on January 21 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Thunder Bay Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016  ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Thunder Bay Pre-Budget Consultations (THUNDER BAY, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Thunder Bay on January 20 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front […]

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ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Windsor Pre-Budget Consultations

posted on January 15, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 15, 2016 ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Windsor Pre-Budget Consultations (WINDSOR, ON) ─ When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Windsor on January 19 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will be joining […]

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Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest

posted on January 14, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2016 ADVISORY: Regional Pre-Budget Consultations to be Met with Protest (TORONTO, ON) ─ Next week, when Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ontario six cities for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front […]

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International Women’s Day 2016 – Order Posters & Pins by Feb. 10, 2016

posted on January 12, 2016

Greetings Sisters & Brothers: I am writing to invite your union to participate in the sixth year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme celebrates women’s Sisterhood, Solidarity and Strength. Both the pewter pin and poster are a work of art that […]

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OFL 2016-2017 Action Plan

posted on January 4, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour held its 13th Biennial Convention, under the aspirational banner “The Ontario We Want,” from November 23 to 27, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. At that convention, the members laid out a bold new vision for labour action with the adoption of the 2016-2017 Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) Action […]

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OFL Statement for December 18, 2015 International Migrants Day

posted on December 17, 2015

 OFL STATEMENT December 17, 2015 Trudeau and Wynne Must Act Together to End the Exploitation of Migrant Workers OFL Statement for December 18, 2015 International Migrants Day “For far too long migrant workers have been denied equal rights in Canada. They have been subjected to government raids, recruiter corruption, employer exploitation, poverty wages, squalid conditions, […]

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Province-Wide Rallies Challenge Austerity Cuts and Privatization

posted on December 16, 2015

Hospitals are facing a crisis, hydro is being privatized, student debt is mounting and inequality is rising. The situation facing so many Ontario families and their communities seems bleak, but public pressure can turn things around. We can’t do it without your help. Join a province-wide rally against austerity, in favour of a stronger Ontario, […]

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