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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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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 Video – Toronto Rally for a $14 Minimum Wage

posted on February 16, 2014

On Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists brought a vibrant rally to the heart of Toronto’s retail sector to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario families. Click here to watch the video: Add your support to the call for a $14 [...]

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Rally for $14 minimum wage in heart of Toronto retail sector

posted on February 14, 2014

For Immediate Release February 15, 2014 MEDIA RELEASE  Rally for $14 minimum wage in heart of Toronto retail sector TORONTO:  This Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists will continue to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario families at a lively rally in [...]

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Day of Action Across Ontario to Call for $14 Minimum Wage and a Fair Jobs Agenda

posted on February 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2014  MEDIA RELEASE  Day of Action Across Ontario to Call for $14 Minimum Wage and a Fair Jobs Agenda (TORONTO/ONTARIO) – This Family Day weekend, community members and labour activists will continue to call on Premier Kathleen Wynne to raise the minimum wage to $14 and ensure decent work for Ontario [...]

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Feb. 15 Rally for a $14 Minimum Wage

posted on February 4, 2014

This Family Day, Ontario families deserve a raise! Rally for a $14 minimum wage to lift working families out of poverty. Saturday, February 15, 2014 1 pm at Yonge and Dundas Square, Toronto Organized by the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front. Other events will [...]

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Inflationary increases will protect minimum wage earners from falling behind, but $11 is not enough to work their way out of poverty

posted on January 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2013 Inflationary increases will protect minimum wage earners from falling behind, but $11 is not enough to work their way out of poverty (TORONTO, ON) ─ Today’s announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne that minimum wage increases will be pegged to inflation is welcome news to the province’s one million workers [...]

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RELEASE: Yearlong Campaign to Raise Minimum Wage Delivers First Victory

posted on January 27, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2013 Yearlong Campaign to Raise Minimum Wage Delivers First Victory (TORONTO, ON) ─ After a yearlong campaign to raise the minimum wage, labour and community groups have secured an historic victory with the unanimous recommendation from Ontario’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel to implement automatic annual increases to the minimum wage. [...]

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Celebrate African History Month with a Film viewing: Colour Me (A Documentary)

posted on January 21, 2014

Celebrate African History Month at a viewing of the amazing documentary film “Colour Me”. To register, visit: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/colour-me-tickets-10175223367 To find out more about the film, visit: www.ColourMeTheFilm.com Date: Feb. 23, 2014 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Place: Ontario Federation of Labour, 15 Gervais Dr. Auditorium, Toronto (Eglinton Ave. East at Don Mills Rd) Hosted [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL says lack of provincial protocols to blame for Ajax police shooting

posted on January 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 3, 2014 OFL says lack of provincial guidelines to blame for Ajax police shooting (AJAX, ON) – Breaking one month of silence following the tragic police shooting of a man in emotional distress, the family of Michael MacIsaac will be holding a vigil Saturday night to remember Michael and demand justice [...]

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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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OFL Awards Post-Secondary Scholarship to Talented New Students

posted on August 30, 2013

For 29 years, the OFL has awarded two scholarships for post-secondary studies, worth $2,000 each, in honour of retired or deceased trade union activists who have contributed to the labour movement in Ontario. This year, a record number of applications were submitted and the winners were selected by a subcommittee of the OFL’s Workers Under [...]

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OFL unveils life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront

posted on August 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 22, 2013 OFL unveils life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront (TORONTO, ON) –The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) marked the second anniversary of the passing of Jack Layton by unveiling a life-sized bronze sculpture of the beloved NDP Leader riding in the back seat of a tandem bicycle. [...]

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ADVISORY: OFL to unveil life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront

posted on August 21, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2013 ADVISORY: OFL to unveil life-sized bronze statue of Jack Layton at Toronto’s waterfront (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will unveil a beautiful bronze sculpture of Jack Layton on the second anniversary of the passing of the beloved NDP leader, in tribute to Jack’s dedication to [...]

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OFL says murder charges for death of Sammy Yatim are only the first step to justice

posted on August 19, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2013 OFL says murder charges for death of Sammy Yatim are only the first step to justice (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) responded to news that Constable James Forcillo will be charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of Toronto teen Sammy Yatim by [...]

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COME TO UNVEILING OF THE OFL JACK LAYTON MEMORIAL STATUE, AUG 22

posted on August 18, 2013

I would like to invite you to the unveiling of a bronze statue of Jack Layton on the anniversary of his passing. This event will coincide with the City of Toronto’s official naming of the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and was made possible through the generous donations of hundreds of labour unions, businesses and individuals. [...]

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Media Conference with families of police shooting victims to call for action to stop bodies from piling up

posted on August 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2013 ADVISORY: Media Conference with families of police shooting victims to call for action to stop bodies from piling up (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will co-host a media conference of family members of victims of police violence at the office of the Urban Alliance on Race [...]

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OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations

posted on August 9, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 9, 2013 OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds yesterday’s announcement from Ontario Ombudsman André Marin that his office will be conducting an extensive probe into police guidelines in the wake of the fatal shooting of Toronto teen [...]

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OFL Says the Toronto Police Services Board’s Failure to Follow Report Recommendations Led Directly to Death of Sammy Yatim

posted on July 31, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 31, 2013 OFL Says the Toronto Police Services Board’s Failure to Follow Report Recommendations Led Directly to Death of Sammy Yatim (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) called the police shooting of Sammy Yatim a total failure of the Toronto policing system. In the wake of the fatal [...]

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VIDEO: Thousands rally for medicare in Niagara-on-the-Lake

posted on July 26, 2013

On Thursday, July 25, the Ontario Health Coalition and the Canadian Health Coalition hosted a great rally in Niagara-on-the-Lake to call on Canada’s premiers to put pressure on the Harper government to renew the Canada Health Accord. The OFL, along with many other labour unions and community groups played a significant role in helping to [...]

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Humanitarian Crisis is the Legacy of Colonialism: OFL Statement on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013

posted on June 20, 2013

OFL STATEMENT June 21, 2013 Humanitarian Crisis is the Legacy of Colonialism: OFL Statement on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2013 As many Canadians prepare for summer trips to camp grounds and cottages, the First Nations community and its allies will be building off of the strength of the Idle No More movement to mobilizing [...]

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LGBTQ Pride 2013

posted on May 17, 2013

April 2013 LGBTQ Pride 2013 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 [...]

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Hate Must Be Challenged Every Day and in Every Way: OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – May 17, 2013

posted on May 17, 2013

OFL STATEMENT May 15, 2013 Hate Must Be Challenged Every Day and in Every Way OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2013 For the second year in a row, Ontario’s LGBTQ community and its allies are celebrating historic victories for the rights and protections of transgender people as part [...]

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Workers’ Rights Should Know No Borders: OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2013

posted on May 3, 2013

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2013 Workers’ Rights Should Know No Borders OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2013 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 of the April 24 collapse of a Bangladesh garment [...]

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