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With amendments, Bill 148 can provide decent work for generations to come, says Ontario Federation of Labour

posted on July 21, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – The government has an opportunity to provide decent work for generations to come through Bill 148. The Bill makes some significant changes, including raising the minimum wage to $15 in 2019, that will advance the cause of decent work. However, with a few amendments, the bill could safeguard decent work for future […]

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Canada’s Labour Leaders to the Premiers: Canadians Need Life-Saving Pharmacare Plan

posted on July 18, 2017

Canadian Labour Leaders urge Premiers to recommit to establishing a single-payer, universal prescription drug plan in Canada  (EDMONTON, ALBERTA) – Meeting in Alberta for events concurrent to the Council of the Federation, Labour Leaders from across Canada urge provincial and territorial Premiers to lobby the federal government for a national Pharmacare plan to ensure all […]

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Press Conference: Bill 148 and $15 minimum wage

posted on July 18, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour and Fight for $15 and Fairness will present urgently needed changes to Bill 148 at a press conference at Queen’s Park on Friday, July 21. “The $15 minimum wage by 2019 must not be delayed,” said OFL President Chris Buckley. “Ontario’s government must also create the conditions […]

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OFL Convention 2017 Awards – Call for Nominations

posted on July 11, 2017

To download the Nomination information click here. Bob Borch Human Rights Award Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award OFL Cultural Award Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety OFL Young Workers’ Award Prevention Link’s Disability Prevention Activist Award Deadline for Nominations: October 15, 2017 The Ontario Federation of […]

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Invitation: Solidarity breakfasts before Bill 148 hearings

posted on July 10, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario Federation of Labour and local labour councils are holding a series of solidarity breakfasts across Ontario to celebrate the province-wide effort to improve the lives of working people. “I encourage everyone to attend these solidarity breakfasts. It is essential that workers make themselves heard at hearings on Bill 148, to ensure […]

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Economists support $15 minimum wage in Ontario

posted on July 4, 2017

We, the undersigned economists, support the decision to increase the minimum wage in Ontario to $15 an hour. Raising the wage floor makes good economic sense. Today, Ontario’s minimum wage is $11.40 per hour. Adjusted for inflation, this is barely one dollar higher than its value in 1977. Yet over the same four decades, the […]

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OFL Proudly Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day and pledge to work for Truth and Reconciliation

posted on June 21, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21, and pledge to work for Truth and Reconciliation. Today is an important day to recognize the many contributions of the Indigenous Peoples of this land and is an occasion to reflect on the many challenges Indigenous Peoples still face. The […]

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Extra-billing causes hardship and must be stopped, says OFL

posted on June 13, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – The OFL supports the call by the Ontario Health Coalition for better regulation and enforcement of the Canada Health Act to prevent the charging of user fees across Canada. A recent survey conducted by the Ontario Health Coalition, showed that 88 clinics across Canada are charging unlawful user fees. “Privatization in health […]

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In memoriam: Stan Raper 1961 – 2017

posted on June 9, 2017

The OFL mourns the passing of Brother Stan Raper, who died June 5. A staunch labour and farm worker advocate who worked on behalf of domestic and migrant agriculture workers for more than two decades, Raper was born in Fort Frances, Ontario in 1961. As a teenager and high school student, he learned first-hand about […]

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2017 Pride event listings

posted on June 9, 2017

To download the listing of 2017 Pride Events click here. Signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQI*) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Labour […]

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Social Planning Toronto report underscores the need to make it easier to join a union, says OFL

posted on June 6, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – Unionized workers are less likely than non-unionized workers to struggle with paying bills, according to a study released today by Social Planning Toronto called The Union Advantage: Unions and the Response to Precarious Work Series. The study on precarious work underscores the need for meaningful improvements to employment and labour laws in […]

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OFL Letter to Ministers – Consultation on the Proposed Regulatory Approach to Asbestos

posted on June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017 The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health Health Canada The Honourable Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment and Climate Change Environment and Climate Change Canada The Honourable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Honourable Judy Foote Minister of Public Services and Procurement Public Services and Procurement Canada […]

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OFL urges government to go further than recommendations advise in order to protect Ontario workers

posted on May 23, 2017

(Toronto, ON) – There are many missed opportunities in the long-awaited Changing Workplaces Review final recommendations, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. While the report recognizes the urgent need for changes to Ontario’s employment and labour law, it must lead to immediate, meaningful, progressive legislative change that supports Ontario workers. The Special Advisors’ final report lays […]

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25 years since the Westray Mine explosion

posted on May 9, 2017

Today we mark 25 years since the Nova Scotia Westray mine explosion, mourn the workers who died in that preventable accident, and vow to continue to fight for safe and healthy workplaces. In the early morning hours of May 9, 1992 an explosion shook the village of Plymouth in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. In an instant, the […]

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Thursday – street party to take over King & Bay to push for a fairer future for all

posted on May 8, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour is joining with the Canadian Labour Congress to co-host a street party for a fair future, right downtown Toronto on Thursday at 12 noon. The march and street party are part of the Canadian Labour Congress 28th Convention, currently underway at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from May 8-12. Here […]

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Deadline Extended to August 1, 2017: Apply for the 2017 OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships today!

posted on May 4, 2017

To download the OFL/AIL scholarship application form click here. The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the annual OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships. Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to each receive a […]

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Liberal budget introduces some measures for families but doesn’t address fundamental issues of work, says OFL

posted on April 27, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley is calling the provincial budget a somewhat positive news story for Ontario families, but raised concerns that the needs of Ontario workers are still not being addressed. “It is not possible to build a strong economy without first addressing the growth in insecure work,” said Buckley. […]

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Hamilton – May 1st Rally – Justice for Mana Workers & Stelco Retirees!

posted on April 27, 2017

Come to this important May Day event in support of Mana workers and Stelco retirees. The rally and march are hosted by USW Local 1005. Outside the Mana gates – 855 Industrial Drive, Hamilton at 6 a.m. Mana workers, members of USW Local 1005, have been locked out for four years, while the company continues […]

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Delay in updating Ontario employment and labour laws must end, say Ontario Federation of Labour and Fight for $15 and Fairness

posted on April 25, 2017

In a pre-budget press conference at Queen’s Park, the Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness laid out what the Ontario government can do to stop the rise of precarious work and ensure all jobs in Ontario are decent jobs. They called for action this year to create an economy built […]

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Ontario New Democrat’s prescribe a bold and visionary universal Pharma Care program, says OFL

posted on April 24, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) congratulates the Ontario New Democratic Party on its recent announcement to create the province’s first universal Pharma Care program if elected in 2018. According to the plan, all Ontarians, including the 2.2 million people that are currently without prescription drug coverage in the province, are expected to have prescription […]

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Press Conference to call for an end of delays in updating Ontario employment and labour laws

posted on April 21, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Fight for $15 and Fairness are holding a pre-budget press conference at the Queen’s Park Media Studio on Tuesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. to lay out what the Ontario government can do to stop the rise of precarious work in Ontario, and ensure that all jobs in […]

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Stress caused by insecure work affecting mental and physical health of Ontario workers, says new survey

posted on March 20, 2017

Precarious work is bad for one’s mental and physical health, according to a new survey of nearly 5,000 Ontario workers, by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). Almost one-third of survey respondents cite mental and physical health issues as impacts of precarious work. According to the survey results, young people (18 to 34 years), precarious […]

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Nominations are open for the Ontario Federation of Labour Solidarity & Pride Champion Award

posted on March 10, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the SOLIDARITY & PRIDE CHAMPION AWARD. This new annual award is to acknowledge and celebrate individuals or groups who have made a significant or ongoing contribution to the advancement of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and two-spirit (LGBTQI) human rights, […]

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Letter to the Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism from the OFL and Colour of Poverty–Colour of Change

posted on March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017 Honourable Michael Coteau Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism 14th Floor, 56 Wellesley Street West Toronto, ON   M5S 2S3 Dear Minister Coteau, The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change (COP-COC) welcome several of the announcements made earlier this week around the government’s Three Year Anti-Racism Strategic Plan, which includes the […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour Statement for International Women’s Day 2017

posted on March 7, 2017

On International Women’s Day, in taking the time to reflect on the gains women have made toward equality, we must also set our sights on achieving true equality for women in all areas of life.   Right now, Ontario is reviewing its employment and labour laws. Recommendations are expected in the spring, and now is […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour hosts female MPPs breakfast briefing to focus on what women need from employment and labour law reform

posted on March 6, 2017

(TORONTO, ON) – Media are invited to attend an International Women’s Day breakfast briefing for female MPPs on what Ontario women need from employment and labour law reform. Ontario women have made considerable economic, social and political gains over the last number of decades but still have much more to strive for – particularly in […]

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Ontario’s labour movement remembers Fred Upshaw, the first black trade unionist to lead a major Canadian union

posted on March 2, 2017

(Toronto) – Fred Upshaw was a trailblazer and a dedicated trade unionist who led the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) from 1990 to 1995, securing wage increases for public employees and winning unit reform and human rights language in OPSEU contracts. He was the first black trade unionist to lead a major Canadian union. […]

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The OFL mourns the passing of Canadian Auto Workers founding President and former Canadian Labour Congress President Bob White

posted on February 20, 2017

(Toronto) – The labour movement has lost a great activist and visionary leader. Today, the OFL mourns the passing of former CAW founding President and former Canadian Labour Congress President Bob White, and sends condolences to his family, friends and all those with whom he stood in solidarity. “The work Bob did for Canadian workers […]

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Mar 7 at 7 p.m. join a telephone town hall on the Changing Workplaces Review and winning decent work for all

posted on February 20, 2017

The Ontario Federation of Labour invites all Ontarians to join a telephone town hall on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. to discuss the Changing Workplaces Review. Right now, Ontario has an opportunity to make sure that workers are protected under the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act so that every job in Ontario […]

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Read the OFL Action Report

posted on February 10, 2017

To download the OFL’s Winter Action Report, click here. Message from the President: Friends, It has been a very busy few months here at the Ontario Federation of Labour. The end of 2016 saw the election of Donald Trump to the United States presidency. It’s tempting to look ahead and worry, but I’m confident that […]

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OFL endorses National Day of Action Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy

posted on February 3, 2017

The Labour movement in Ontario stands with the Muslim community. We believe immigrants and refugees should not be turned away based on their religious beliefs, culture, country of origin or what the colour of their skin may be. Attacks on Muslims and racist and Islamophobic policies have no place in Ontario or Canada. The OFL […]

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This Black History Month recommit to stopping racism, prejudice and discrimination

posted on February 3, 2017

February is Black History Month recognizing the social, cultural and economic contributions of Black people and people of African and Caribbean descent. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) believes that Black History Month must also be a time to reinforce the collective resolve of Canadian workers to be active and present in progressive movements to […]

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Ontario Federation of Labour joins Women’s March on Washington

posted on January 19, 2017

(Toronto) –  The Ontario Federation of Labour is proud to participate in the global Women’s March on Washington, both in Toronto and in the United States. In Toronto, OFL staff are working as members of the organizing committee, and will lead the team marshalling the march. The OFL has also organized a bus to carry […]

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OFL Pre-Budget Submission: Make It Fair, Make It Prosperous – A framework for decent jobs and a more equitable Ontario

posted on January 18, 2017

To read the OFL Pre-Budget Submission, click here.   The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) – which represents 54 affiliates and one million workers across the province – is pleased to make a submission to the Government of Ontario on the development of the 2017 budget. In an effort to build Ontario up, this document provides […]

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International Migrants Day: OFL Statement for December 18, 2016

posted on December 14, 2016

This December 18, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is recognizing International Migrants Day by calling on both Federal and Ontario governments to implement legislative reforms to put an end to exploitation and abuse of migrant workers. Canada’s unions believe that no matter where you’re from, if you work in Canada, you should be treated […]

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Unveiling the International Women’s Day Poster and Pin Design!

posted on December 14, 2016

You can now watch how the OFL International Women’s Day lapel pins are made here. Your union is invited to participate in the seventh year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is “Celebrating Solidarity and Sisterhood”. Both the pewter pin and poster […]

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Full house for Brampton and Mississauga Assembly for Decent Work shows Ontarians want fairness, says Ontario Federation of Labour

posted on December 12, 2016

There was a full house at the Gore Meadows Community Centre for the Brampton and Mississauga Assembly for Decent Work, a workshop on lobbying MPPs for fair employment laws. Former federal MP Olivia Chow led over 200 participants, teaching the skills needed to successfully lobby their MPPs. Workshop participants practiced telling their stories to illustrate […]

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OFL committed to protecting worker health and safety through upcoming consultations on Schedule 16

posted on December 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is committing to fully engaging in the upcoming consultations through the Ministry of Labour, in relationship to Bill 70, Budget Measures Act, Schedule 16 which would see the development of a voluntary new health and safety accreditation program for Ontario workplaces. The act was […]

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This December 6: Let our mourning fuel our work toward the end of violence against women and girls

posted on December 5, 2016

This December 6 marks the 27th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre. Today, we remember the 14 women who were separated from their male classmates and murdered, only because they were women. This senseless act shocked our nation and remains a catalyst for collective action to end violence against women. Two of the women […]

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Safe workplaces for all: remove Schedule 16!

posted on December 1, 2016

OFL Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs My name is Patty Coates and I am the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). Also joining me today is Rob Halpin, Acting Director of Government Relations at the OFL. Special thank you to the clerk’s office – for their work in […]

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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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Saving lives, protecting jobs: Ontario labour unions pledge to bargain for paid leave for survivors of domestic and sexual violence

posted on November 24, 2016

Toronto, Ontario — Ontario unions have signed a pledge, as organized by the Ontario Federation of Labour, to negotiate paid leave for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in all collective agreements. This announcement comes one day before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and with Bill 26, Domestic and Sexual Violence […]

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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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Solidarity Rally for PSAC members at Blue Water Bridge – Sunday, November 27

posted on November 23, 2016

  PSAC members at Blue Water Bridge are on strike, after trying to negotiate a new contract for two years! This coming Sunday, there will be a solidarity rally in support of the 47 workers in Point Edward, just outside of Sarnia. Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., everyone will all […]

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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 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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Job Opportunity: Secretary-Administrative Assistant

posted on October 31, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour represents 54 unions and is the voice of working people across the province. The OFL pushes for legislative changes numerous policy areas including employment standards and minimum wage, health, education, workplace safety, human rights, women’s rights, workers’ compensation and pensions. The OFL is seeking a new secretary/administrative assistant to join the […]

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OPEN LETTER RE: Allegations of Islamophobia and anti-black racism, York Region District School Board

posted on October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016 SENT VIA EMAIL Honourable Mitzie Hunter Minister of Education Ministry of Education 22nd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2 Email: mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org; — and — Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris Associate Minister of Education Ministry of Education 22nd Floor, Mowat Block 900 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M7A 1L2 Email: inaidoo-harris.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org Dear […]

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OFL Submission on the Anti-Racism Directorate

posted on October 31, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased to make a submission to the Anti-Racism Directorate on how to effectively address systemic racism across Ontario. To read the OFL submission on the Anti-Racism Directorate, please click here.

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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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Make it Fair Campaign Lobby Kit

posted on September 30, 2016

For the first time in two decades, the Government of Ontario is reviewing both the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. This process, titled the ‘Changing Workplaces Review,’ is looking at how to tackle the rampant growth in precarious work. The review represents a oncein- a-generation opportunity to make major changes that would […]

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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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Government investment in business must first consider health and safety records

posted on September 15, 2016

September 15, 2016 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto ON M7A 1A1 Re: Government investment in business must first consider health and safety records Dear Premier: I listened with great interest to the Speech from the Throne earlier this week as your government made the creation of good jobs a […]

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OFL Calls for Justice and Safe Working Conditions for All Temp Agency Workers

posted on September 7, 2016

The OFL sends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the young woman killed when a conveyor belt caught her clothing on September 2, 2016 at Fiera Foods, in Toronto’s West End. She was sent to work at the Fiera plant by a temp agency and had been on the job less than three […]

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This Labour Day we celebrate our victories, and continue the fight

posted on September 5, 2016

This Labour Day is a special one for Ontario. Our out-dated labour laws are under review. Whether or not you’re in a union, if you work for a living, these changes to Ontario’s laws will affect you. Anyone working (or looking for work) today can see that the landscape of the employment world has changed […]

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