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Taxi drivers protest Uber in Toronto on Monday, June 1, 2015. The City of Toronto and ride-sharing service Uber are in court Monday over the legality of the company's operations. The city is seeking a permanent injunciton to shut down Uber's services. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

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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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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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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New Report: Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals

posted on November 5, 2015

Prescription Over-Ruled: Report on How Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Systematically Ignores the Advice of Medical Professionals INTRODUCTION In September of this year, Dr. Brenda Steinnagel filed a lawsuit against her employer and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), alleging that she was fired by the clinic she worked for at the behest […]

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Only criminal investigations into Markham and Sudbury workplace fatalities can reveal the truth behind the tragedies

posted on November 2, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 2, 2015 Only criminal investigations into Markham and Sudbury workplace fatalities can reveal the truth behind the tragedies (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling on the Chiefs of Police in Markham and Sudbury to ensure that criminal investigations are conducted into recent workplace fatalities to […]

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MEDIA AVAILABILITY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Announce Labour’s Support for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate

posted on July 3, 2015

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2015  MEDIA AVAILABILITY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Announce Labour’s Support for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate (TORONTO, ON) ─ On Sunday, July 5, Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will join thousands of Indigenous, environmental, labour and community activists in demanding a justice-based transition […]

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Mass Rally in Toronto on July 5 to demand ‘Jobs, Justice and the Climate’

posted on June 25, 2015

In what some are calling an unprecedented alliance, labour unions joined forces with environmental activists and Indigenous communities across Canada on May 21, 2015, to announce plans for the July 5 “March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate.” The table was set by internationally acclaimed author and activist, Naomi Klein, whose award-winning book “This Changes […]

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Reforming Labour Laws: There’s a Lot on the line

posted on June 17, 2015

Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line. It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back. Today there is […]

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ADVISORY: Injured Workers’ Day Rally at Queen’s Park to Stop the Cuts to Workers’ Compensation

posted on May 29, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, May 29, 2015 Injured Workers’ Day Rally at Queen’s Park to Stop the Cuts to Workers’ Compensation (TORONTO, ON) ─ On Monday, June 1, the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) and the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) are marking the 33rd annual Injured Workers’ Day with a rally at […]

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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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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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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 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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