Tag: Sid Ryan

 
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RELEASE: Ontario Takes Last Place in Jobs, Social Programs and Income Equality

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Ontario Takes Last Place in Jobs, Social Programs and Income Equality: New Report Says Fully Half of Ontarians are Caught in a Backslide (Toronto, Ontario) – An Ontario-wide coalition of more than 90 labour and community groups concerned with growing inequality released an alarming report today that […]

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

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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Sun Media Op-Ed: NDP lost election by veering to the right (Sid Ryan, Oct. 26, 2015)

Guest column appearing in the Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton Sun newspapers NDP lost election by veering to the right Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour Special to Postmedia Network (Sunday, October 25, 2015 08:10 PM EDT) Click here to read and share the column from the Toronto Sun website. —- […]

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Sid Ryan’s President’s Report – Fall 2015

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT September 28, 2015 Sisters and Brothers, I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement – to announce that I will not be seeking re-election as President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. What I do next, what issues I champion, what challenges I tackle, […]

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Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan

 Reflections from a departing labour federation president: Sid Ryan The Ontario Federation of Labour president says he won’t seek re-election and considers his legacy as a union leader By: Sid Ryan Published on Tue Sep 22 2015 | Toronto Star I am writing to you – the activists and the grassroots of the labour movement […]

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OFL Calls NDP Prescription Drug Plan the ‘Missing Piece’ in Canadian Medicare

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2015 OFL Calls NDP Prescription Drug Plan the ‘Missing Piece’ in Canadian Medicare Sid Ryan to Join an NDP Canvass Saturday in the Contentious Riding of Brampton East (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded NDP Leader Thomas Muclair’s pledge to establish a universal prescription drug plan […]

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OFL Labour Day Statement: It’s Time for Workers to Demand the Change They Want

Happy Labour Day! Please help spread labour’s message this weekend by sharing the OFL 2015 Labour Day Statement with this sample tweet: It’s time for workers to demand the change they want! Read @SidRyan_OFL‘s #LabourDay statement: http://ow.ly/RQK7L #CanLab @OFLabour To get involved in Labour Day events in your region, visit the CLC website for a full list: http://canadianlabour.ca/sites/default/files/media/Events-List-%202015-09-01.pdf […]

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RELEASE: Canada’s Largest Provincial Labour Federation Endorses Thomas Mulcair’s NDP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2015 Canada’s Largest Provincial Labour Federation Endorses Thomas Mulcair’s NDP OFL Issues Labour Day Call for One Million Workers to Unite Behind Every Ontario NDP Candidate (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) today declared its full support for the federal NDP to form the next government of […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Campaign to Stop Harper Rolls into Oshawa with a Mass Labour Canvass for NDP Candidate Mary Fowler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL Campaign to Stop Harper Rolls into Oshawa with a Mass Labour Canvass for NDP Candidate Mary Fowler (OSHAWA, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is rolling out a campaign to “Stop Harper” and the first stop is in the newly drafted riding of Oshawa. The OFL, […]

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

 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’

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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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 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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ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join Sudbury Teachers on the Picket Line

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

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

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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OFL Demands to Know Why the WSIB is Covering Up 1,150 deaths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2015  OFL Demands to Know Why the WSIB is Covering Up 1,150 deaths (TORONTO, ON) – As Ontario workers and their families gather today in communities across the province to recognize April 28 as the “Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job,” they will also be […]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Seeking justice for fallen workers (Toronto Star, 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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OFL Says Ontario Budget Sells False Choices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 23, 2015 OFL Says Ontario Budget Sells False Choices (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) said the Ontario Budget sells Ontarians short by choosing privatization over tax reform. The result will be a damaging and irreversible legacy that entrenches the economic divide, erodes public services and leaves a […]

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

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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Tories Attack Injured Workers’ Support

Ontario Conservative Labour Critic Randy Hillier rose in the House on March 25, 2015, to open up a new attack on injured workers across the province. In his inflammatory remarks during the morning Question Period, Hillier called on the government to scrap funding for the OFL’s Occupational Disability Response Team (ODRT), a program he characterized […]

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Joint OFL/ONIWG WCB Conference & March: Honouring 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation

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

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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OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 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 Says Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Harassment Must be Properly Funded and Representative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2015 OFL Says Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Harassment Must be Properly Funded and Representative (Toronto, Ontario) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomes the Government of Ontario’s action plan to address sexual violence and harassment but argues that the plan can only be effective if it is […]

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OFL Statement on International Women’s Day 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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OFL Welcomes Labour Law Review as Pathway Out of Poverty

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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A Tribute to Activism: OFL Human Rights Director Janice Gairey Retires

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: Honour Black Heritage by Fighting for Equity

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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OFL/CLC Op-Ed: Ontario’s new pension should mirror CPP (Peterborough Examiner | Kingston Whig Standard)

Ontario’s new pension should mirror CPP The Peterborough Examiner | Kingston Whig Standard Thu Jan 22 2015  Pages: A4 | A5 (respectively)‎ Section: Editorial/Opinion  Byline: HASSAN YUSSUFF AND SID RYAN, GUEST COLUMNISTS  The 17,500 Target workers laid off last week face some tough choices. Many worked part-time, meaning their access to Employment Insurance is limited, […]

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ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan available to media before and after Ontario’s kick-off pension consultation in Kingston

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2015 ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan available to media before and after Ontario’s kick-off pension consultation in Kingston (KINGSTON, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan will be available to media this Thursday immediately before and after the Ontario Government’s Kingston consultation on the proposed Ontario Retirement […]

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OFL RELEASE: Ontario Court Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2015 Ontario Court Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail OFL Calls for Criminal Charges Against New Mex Canada (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauded yesterday’s Ontario Court conviction against furniture retailer, New Mex Canada Inc., for a 2013 workplace […]

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OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2014  OFL Welcomes Ontario’s Public Pension Consultation (TORONTO, ON) – “Today’s release of the Ontario Government consultation paper on the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) marks the beginning of public deliberations on retirement security that Ontarians have been demanding for over twenty years,” said OFL President Sid Ryan. “It […]

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Statement: Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside

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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Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2014 Workplace fatalities reach 5-year high while WSIB pays millions to convicted companies and meager benefits to victims: Monday protest to demand justice (TORONTO, ON) – More workers were killed at work in 2013 than in any of the previous five years, says the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), bringing […]

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STATEMENT: Shining a Light on Violence Against Women

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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Rewarding Offenders – Read the OFL Report WSIB rebates for employers convicted of killing workers

OFL Report “Rewarding Offenders” Exposes WSIB Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is rebating millions of dollars each year to companies that have been found guilty of offences that resulted in employees being killed in workplace accidents. Over the three year period between 2011 and 2013, 135 employers who had been convicted of offences […]

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RELEASE: Corporations Guilty of Killing Workers Being Rebated Millions of Dollars by WSIB: OFL Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014 Corporations Guilty of Killing Workers Being Rebated Millions of Dollars by WSIB: OFL Report   (TORONTO, ON) – A new report released today by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) reveals that Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is rebating millions of dollars each year to companies found […]

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ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2014 ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities (TORONTO, ON) ─ On Monday, November 24, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be releasing a damning report about the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), demonstrating that Ontario’s workplace compensation system […]

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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

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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Statement by OFL President Sid Ryan on Julie Davis

It is with deep regret that I pass on to you the sad news today that our adored labour leader and trailblazer for women’s rights, Sister Julie Davis, has passed away. She was 68.

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Join the Health Care Day of Action on November 6

Unifor is inviting you to join members from health care workplaces throughout Ontario for a day of action on November 6 beginning at 11:00 a.m. London, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay.

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Video: Sid Ryan comments on Toronto mayoral race

OFL President Sid Ryan congratulates Olivia Chow on a strong campaign, and urges newly elected Toronto Mayor John Tory to be ready to listen to all sides, and work with labour.

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Sid Ryan’s President’s Report – October 2014

Photo Gallery, Letter from the President, FEATURE: OFL Presses for Better Worker Protections, OFL and CLC Work to Strengthen Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), OFL Making Headway on Important WSIB Policies, OFL offers Dialogue between Ontario NDP and Labour movement, and more.

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

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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Injured Workers’ Day, June 1, 2014

STATEMENT by Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour The Ontario Federation of Labour and its affiliates stand in solidarity with everyone participating in this year’s Injured Workers’ Day. This annual event draws attention to the plight of the more than 230,000 men and women, and increasingly young workers, who are injured on […]

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RELEASE: Expanded research on local impacts of Hudak’s reckless cuts highlights devastation that would be caused in smaller communities across Ontario

(TORONTO) – New and expanded research shows that Hudak’s proposed cuts of 100,000 public sector jobs would have devastating effects across the province and lead to skyrocketing unemployment rates for many communities. Smaller communities outside of Toronto and Ottawa that rely disproportionately on public sector jobs to keep their economies moving will be hit hardest […]

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RELEASE: New research reveals devastating city-by-city impacts of Hudak’s 100,000 job cuts

(TORONTO) – New research shows that Hudak’s proposed cuts of 100,000 public sector jobs would have devastating effects across the province and lead to skyrocketing unemployment rates for many communities. The job cuts will introduce new and substantial threats to cities, such as London and Ottawa, which will face an estimated 7,116 and 11,159 job […]

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ADVISORY: Tonight’s Windsor Stop Hudak meeting now OPEN TO MEDIA

CAMPAIGN TO STOP TIM HUDAK COMES TO WINDSOR WITH TUESDAY’S URGENT ALL-UNION MEETING  **MEDIA NOTE: Meeting is now OPEN to reporters (WINDSOR) ─ The province-wide campaign to stop Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and his attack on workers and the labour movement rolls into Windsor 6 p.m., Tues., May 13, for an urgent and large all-union […]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Windsor with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting

(WINDSOR) ─ The province-wide campaign to stop Conservative Leader Tim Hudak and his attack on workers and the labour movement rolls into Windsor 6 p.m., Tues., May 13, for an urgent and large all-union meeting. With only weeks left to mobilize, Ontario’s labour movement is organizing for the fight of its life. It is warning […]

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OP ED: Hamilton Spectator Day of Mourning

Read OFL President Sid Ryan’s Op Ed in today’s Hamilton Spectator on the Day of Mourning http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4486898-mourning-thousands-of-worker-s-deaths/  

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RELEASE: April 28, 2014 National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job

(TORONTO) – Today’s release by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) of the latest statistics on workplace death, injuries and illnesses is fuelling new demands for progress and change. Officially, the death toll now stands at 10,384 since 1979 when Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act began reporting. But the official numbers bear little […]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sarnia with Wednesday’s urgent all-union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sarnia with Wednesday’s urgent all-union meeting (SARNIA) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Sarnia with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Wed., April 16. Calling Hudak’s claim that […]

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Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 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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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Hamilton Region with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Hamilton Region with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting (HAMILTON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Hamilton with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Thurs., April 10. Calling Hudak’s claim […]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peel Region with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 6, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peel Region with Tuesday’s urgent all-union meeting (PEEL REGION) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Peel Region with an urgent all-union meeting 7 – 9 p.m., Tues., April 8. Calling […]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph with Monday’s urgent all-union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Kitchener, Waterloo & Guelph with Monday’s urgent all-union meeting (KITCHENER/WATERLOO/GUELPH) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Kitchener with an urgent all-union meeting Mon., April 7. Calling Hudak’s claim that he […]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to North Bay with Saturday’s urgent all-union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to North Bay with Saturday’s urgent all-union meeting (NORTH BAY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into North Bay with an urgent all-union meeting Sat., April 5. Calling Hudak’s claim that […]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peterborough with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 2, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Peterborough with Thursday’s urgent all-union meeting (PETERBOROUGH, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign, launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, will be rolling into Peterborough with an urgent all-union meeting Thurs., April 3. Calling Hudak’s claim that he has shelved […]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Thunder Bay with April 1 urgent all-union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 1, 2014 ADVISORY: THUNDER BAY MEETING TONIGHT Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Thunder Bay with April 1 urgent all-union meeting (THUNDER BAY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Thunder Bay with an urgent all-union meeting tonight, Tues., […]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Young People in Ontario Shouldn’t Have to Work For Less (Huffington Post, March 31, 2014)

By: Sid Ryan Published on Mon Mar 31, 2014. Click here to view the original. Crown Holdings, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of food and beverage containers, is using its corporate might to create an underclass of young workers at its Toronto factory. After doubling its profits in 2012 to more than $200 million, […]

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Stop Tim Hudak's Low-Wage Agenda

ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Ottawa with Monday’s urgent all union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Ottawa with Monday’s urgent all union meeting (OTTAWA, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Ottawa with an urgent all-union meeting on Monday, March 24. Calling Hudak’s claim that he […]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to London with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to London with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting (LONDON, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into London with an urgent all-union meeting on Thursday, March 20. Calling Hudak’s claim that he […]

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ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sudbury with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak comes to Sudbury with Tuesday’s urgent all union meeting (SUDBURY, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last month against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Sudbury with an urgent all-union meeting on Tuesday, March 18. Calling Hudak’s claim that he […]

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ADVISORY: Ontario workers bring campaign to stop Tim Hudak to Toronto with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 5, 2014 ADVISORY: Ontario workers bring campaign to stop Tim Hudak to Toronto with Thursday’s urgent all union meeting (TORONTO, ON) ─ A province-wide campaign launched last week against Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak will be rolling into Toronto with an urgent all-union meeting on Thursday, March 6. Calling Hudak’s claim […]

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Sid Ryan Op-Ed: Tim Hudak’s low-wage agenda is hiding in plain sight (Toronto Star, March 4, 2014)

Tim Hudak’s low-wage agenda is hiding in plain sight Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak’s dropping of ‘right-to-work’ leaves the door open to pushing an anti-worker agenda by other means, says the head of the Ontario Federation of Labour. By: Sid Ryan Published on Tue Mar 04 2014. Click here to view the original. Tim Hudak’s […]

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OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 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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Young Workers Offer Solutions to Ontario’s Youth Unemployment Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE February 27, 2014 Media Release Young Workers Offer Solutions to Ontario’s Youth Unemployment Crisis (Toronto, Ontario) – In response to the deepening youth jobs crisis, young workers from across Ontario are meeting in Toronto today to present recommendations for the provincial government on how to address youth unemployment and underemployment. “Too many young […]

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Stop Tim Hudak's Low-Wage Agenda

ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak kicks off with urgent all union meeting in Durham

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2014 ADVISORY: Campaign to stop Tim Hudak kicks off with urgent all union meeting in Durham (OSHAWA, ON) ─ Workers across Ontario are kicking off a province-wide campaign to defeat Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak with an urgent all union meeting in Oshawa this Thursday. Calling Hudak’s claim that he […]

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RELEASE: Labour Warns Ontarians Not to Be Fooled by Hudak’s Changing Tune

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2014 Labour Warns Ontarians Not to Be Fooled by Hudak’s Changing Tune (TORONTO, ON) ─ Organized labour vows not to be fooled by Hudak’s changing message on workers’ rights, and pledges to intensify plans to travel the province educating workers on his now “hidden” agenda. After losing to a mobilized […]

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

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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Niagara Falls Voters Reject Hudak’s Attack on Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2014 Niagara Falls Voters Reject Hudak’s Attack on Workers (NIAGARA FALLS, ON) ─ Tonight’s byelection win for the NDP in Niagara Falls demonstrates that voters have rejected Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak’s divisive attack on the province’s workers, says Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan. “Hudak’s embarrassing defeat in […]

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

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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Black History Month

OFL Black History Month Statement: Good jobs and fair wages are the building blocks of equity

OFL STATEMENT January 31, 2014 Good jobs and fair wages are the building blocks of equity: OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February, 2013 Only days after the Ontario government responded to public pressure for an increased minimum wage, a million Ontario workers will celebrate February as Black History Month, but many […]

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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

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

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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OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day

OFL STATEMENT December 18, 2013 OFL Calls for a Migrant Workers’ Bill of Rights to End Exploitation OFL Statement for December 18, 2013 International Migrants Day Ontario’s shameful treatment of migrant workers made headlines throughout 2013, after scandal, exploitation and abuse attracted unprecedented public exposure to the misuse of the Temporary Foreign Workers’ Program (TFWP). […]

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RELEASE: Drastic cuts to Canada Post demonstrate lack of imagination

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2013 Media Release Drastic cuts to Canada Post demonstrate lack of imagination (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan expressed concerns that cuts and rate hikes announced by Canada Post today will have a negative impact on average Canadians and set the crown corporation on a […]

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OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day

OFL STATEMENT December 10, 2013 Mandela’s Legacy Inspires Workers to Renew Commitment to Justice and Equality for All OFL Statement for December 10, 2013 International Human Rights Day “Vision without action is just a dream, action without vision just passes the time, vision with action can change the world” – Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) This year, […]

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OFL Statement for December 6, 2013, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

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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Liberal Bill Must Be First Step Towards Stronger Protections For Vulnerable Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2013 OFL says Liberal bill must be first step towards stronger protections for vulnerable workers (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan welcomes long overdue protections for vulnerable workers, but cautions that new legislation introduced by the governing Liberals does not go far enough to protect […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Stages Downtown Rally to Demand a $14 Minimum Wage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2013 ADVISORY: OFL Stages Downtown Rally to Demand a $14 Minimum Wage (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour plans to shut down its biennial convention on Wednesday to organize a mass rally in the centre of Toronto’s retail district to demand an increase in Ontario’s minimum wage. “The […]

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ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario’s labour movement is gearing up to challenge Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s anti-worker agenda. Two weeks after a leaked copy of the Tory leaders’ campaign strategy revealed an attack on workers’ rights […]

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ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour Convention Gears Up to Challenge Hudak’s Anti-Worker Agenda (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario’s labour movement is gearing up to challenge Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s anti-worker agenda. Two weeks after a leaked copy of the Tory leaders’ campaign strategy revealed an attack on workers’ rights […]

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Issuing a Universal Call for Trans Human Rights: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 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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Advisory: Rally for Fairness Saturday in Bonfield

For immediate release October 03, 2013 Media Advisory: Rally for Fairness Saturday in Bonfield Labour leaders and workers from across Ontario to rally with striking Bonfield municipal workers Saturday, October 5, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (BONFIELD, ONTARIO) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn and North Bay District […]

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OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2013 OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) blasted the criminal justice system for failing to bring criminal charges against Vale Canada Limited and its executives for the 2011 deaths of two miners in Vale’s Stobie Mine […]

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OFL Letter to Federal Transit Minister: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities

September 19, 2013 Hon. Lisa Raitt Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Raitt: Subject: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities On behalf of over one million unionized workers in Ontario, I am writing to urge you to respond to a recent open letter from Amalgamated Transit Union Local […]

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OFL Applauds Successful Appeal that Slaps $750,000 Fine Against Metron Construction in Deaths of Four Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2013 OFL Applauds Successful Appeal that Slaps $750,000 Fine Against Metron Construction in Deaths of Four Workers (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan applauded yesterday’s appeal court decision to increase the fine against Metron Construction from $200,000 to 750,000 for the 2009 deaths of […]

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OFL Report Shows that American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Hurt Workers and Economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2013 OFL Report Shows that American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Hurt Workers and Economy (TORONTO, ON) – An Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) report on American-style, anti-worker laws demonstrates the devastating impact such legislation would have on the Ontario economy and reveals the hidden agenda of Hudak’s Conservatives, the Fraser Institute and […]

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ADVISORY: OFL Report Showing How American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Will Hurt Canadian Economy: Release Tues., Sept. 3.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 2, 2013 OFL ADVISORY: Report Showing How American-Style, Anti-Worker Laws Will Hurt Canadian Economy: Release Tues., Sept. 3. (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will publicly release a report on Tuesday, September 3 that examines the devastating impact that American-style, anti-worker laws would have on the Ontario economy […]

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Unions put people at the centre of Ontario’s growth: OFL Statement on Labour Day 2013

OFL STATEMENT August 30, 2013 Unions put people at the centre of Ontario’s growth: OFL Statement on Labour Day 2013 For generations, parents have held dear the expectation that their hard work would deliver a brighter future and improved fortunes for their children and their grandchildren. However, today’s youth are predicted to become the first […]

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

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

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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Justice for Sammy Yatim

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

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

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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OFL President to join Toronto Plaza Hotel workers in boycott rally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2013  OFL President to join Toronto Plaza Hotel workers in boycott rally (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan will join striking Toronto Plaza Hotel workers at Noon on Thursday, August 15 to announce support for a boycott of the hotel until a fair settlement is negotiated […]

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OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations

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

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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Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Oppose Harper’s Low-wage Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 24, 2013 Media Release Canada’s Top Labour Leaders Call on Premiers to Oppose Harper’s Low-wage Agenda (NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO) – At a meeting with Canada’s premiers, labour leaders from across the country called for unity among the provinces and territories in rejecting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s low-wage agenda. While the premiers gather […]

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RELEASE – Conviction in Sunrise case confirms failure of privatized TSSA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, July 4, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Conviction in Sunrise case confirms failure of privatized TSSA (Toronto, Ontario) – The guilty verdict in the Sunrise Propane case last week has thrust the incompetence of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) into the spotlight once again. The TSSA is responsible for protecting public […]

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OFL Letter to Premier Wynne on TSSA in Wake of Sunrise Tragedy

July 4, 2013 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto, ON M7A 1A1 Dear Premier Wynne: Recent events have once again brought attention to the failure of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to adequately oversee and protect public safety in key areas such as fuel and elevators. Since […]

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Humanitarian Crisis is the Legacy of Colonialism: OFL Statement on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 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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OFL Follow-Up Letter to Minister Naqvi on Elevator Worker Strike

June 10, 2013 Honourable Yasir Naqvi Minister of Labour 14th Floor 400 University Avenue Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Re:  Follow-up to June 5, 2013 Letter Dear Minister Naqvi: I am writing to follow-up on a letter sent to your office on June 5, 2013 that expressed concern about the threat to public safety that is […]

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RELEASE – OFL says employers are putting public safety at risk: Hundreds rally to bring employer back to the table

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 6, 2013            MEDIA RELEASE OFL says employers are putting public safety at risk: Hundreds rally to bring employer back to the table (Toronto, Ontario) – Hundreds rallied amid Toronto’s skyscrapers today to call on the Ministry of Labour to help end the ongoing elevator worker strike by forcing Ontario’s four […]

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HuffPost Blog: How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario (by Sid Ryan)

Huffington Post blog by Sid Ryan How Elevator Companies Are Making Safety Go Down in Ontario Original article was published on June 5, 2013, read it here If you are one of the millions of Ontarians who lives in a high-rise or works in an office tower, you wake up every morning expecting to get […]

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OFL Letter to Minister Naqvi on Elevator Worker Strike

June 5, 2013 Honourable Yasir Naqvi Minister of Labour 14th Floor 400 University Avenue Toronto, ON  M7A 1T7 Dear Minister Naqvi: On May 1, 2013, elevator maintenance workers in Ontario were forced on strike by their employer, the National Elevator Escalator Association (NEEA), which is made up of four big companies – Otis, Kone, Schindler […]

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ADVISORY – Employer indifference puts lives at risk as 50,000 elevators breach provincial safety standards: Workers rally for strike settlement

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 6, 2013            MEDIA ADVISORY  Employer indifference puts lives at risk as 50,000 elevators breach provincial safety standards Workers rally for strike settlement (Toronto, Ontario) – One month after 1,400 Ontario elevator mechanics were forced on strike by an employer coalition with a near monopoly on elevator operation, nearly every one […]

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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

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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Damning Report Says Ontario is Failing Migrant Workers: OFL Calls on Wynne Government to Protect Rights of Vulnerable Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2013 Damning Report Says Ontario is Failing Migrant Workers OFL Calls on Wynne Government to Protect Rights of Vulnerable Workers (TORONTO, ON) ─ OFL calls on Ontario Government to respond immediately to a new report that gives the province shameful grades for failing to protect the rights of migrant workers. […]

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Workers’ Rights Should Know No Borders: OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 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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Modest Improvements Offer Little Relief in Austerity Budget: OFL Calls on Parties to Make Fairness the Focus of Budget Negotiations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 2, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE Modest Improvements Offer Little Relief in Austerity Budget OFL Calls on Parties to Make Fairness the Focus of Budget Negotiations (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan welcomed modest measures in today’s Budget that responded to concerns identified in the People’s Budget but […]

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Without Justice, No Fallen Worker Can Rest in Peace: OFL Statement on Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28

OFL Statement April 24, 2013 Without Justice, No Fallen Worker Can Rest in Peace OFL Statement on Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28 Thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job will gather at ceremonies across Ontario this weekend to memorialize […]

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Clementine Ng: Remembering a Beloved Hotel Worker Activist

Clementine Ng: Remembering a Beloved Hotel Worker Activist It is with very heavy hearts and deep sadness that we say goodbye to the beloved hotel worker activist Clementine Ng. She was fighting for justice right up until her very last days of life. We will always love her and carry her in our hearts. “Clementine […]

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Release: OFL releases People’s Budget plan for Ontario: affordable measures to alleviate poverty, new infrastructure investment, and tax fairness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2013 OFL releases People’s Budget plan for Ontario: affordable measures to alleviate poverty, new infrastructure investment, and tax fairness More than 135 groups participated in nine-community public consultation (Toronto, Ontario) –The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) released a white paper today, A People’s Budget – Towards a Fair Ontario, which […]

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Bullying Only Thrives in the Shadows: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 10, 2013

 OFL STATEMENT April 10, 2013 Bullying Only Thrives in the Shadows: OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 10, 2013 Last year, the Ontario government passed historic anti-bullying legislation, but the issue of bullying, and its traumatic consequences, remains a daily concern in the lives of too many people. The impact […]

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Letter to National Post: OFL pension security should be the standard, not the exception (Sid Ryan)

OFL pension security should be the standard, not the exception By Sid Ryan Letter to the Editor – National Post Originally appeared in print and online on April 4, 2013 Re: Labour federation struggles with deficits, pension bills, April 2. Pension adversaries and austerity hawks will get no validation from the Ontario Federation of Labour […]

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Peter Kormos: Warrior for the Working Class

Warrior for the Working Class Peter Kormos (1952-2013) Peter will be honoured with a Memorial Service at Pleasantview Funeral Home and Reception Centre in Thorold at 1 p.m. on May 11. Welland MPP Peter Kormos – a one-of-a-kind socialist cowboy and a stalwart in Ontario’s New Democratic Party for 23 years – hung up his […]

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Precarious Lives are the Legacy of Systemic Racism: Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2013

 OFL STATEMENT March 20, 2013 Precarious Lives are the Legacy of Systemic Racism: OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2013 The legacy of Canada’s colonial history and current trends towards cuts to jobs and social programs continue to deliver a double blow to people of colour and […]

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Follow-Up Letter from Sid Ryan to Porter Airlines President Robert Deluce

March 15, 2013 Robert J. Deluce President and Chief Executive Officer Porter Airlines Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Toronto, ON M5V 1A1 Dear Robert Deluce, Thank you for your recent response to our letter in support of striking COPE 343 members. Your attempt to discredit the strikers and their union, however, will not contribute to […]

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Advisory: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Kitchener-Waterloo region on March 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 7, 2013 MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Kitchener-Waterloo region on March 11 Campaign aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Kitchener, Ontario) – On Monday, March 11, residents of the Kitchener-Waterloo region will add their ideas to a province-wide consultation on Ontario’s financial […]

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Statement: Women Rise As Unions Rise: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2013

OFL STATEMENT March 7, 2013 Women Rise As Unions Rise: OFL Statement on International Women’s Day – March 8, 2013 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 in Canada. […]

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Advisory: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Thunder Bay region on March 7

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2013 MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Thunder Bay region on March 7 Campaign aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Thunder Bay, Ontario) – On Thursday, March 7, residents of the Thunder Bay region will add their ideas to a province-wide consultation […]

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Advisory: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Sudbury region on March 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 6, 2013  MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Sudbury region on March 6 Campaign aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Sudbury, Ontario) – On Wednesday, March 6, residents of the Sudbury region will add their ideas to a province-wide consultation on Ontario’s financial […]

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Letter from Sid Ryan to Porter Airlines President Robert Deluce

March 1, 2013 Robert J. Deluce President and Chief Executive Officer Porter Airlines Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Toronto, ON  M5V 1A1 Dear Robert Deluce, I am writing to inform you that the Ontario Federation of Labour fully supports the striking COPE 343 members who work as airplane re-fuelers for your company, Porter Airlines. As […]

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Advisory: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Ottawa region on February 26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2013  MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Ottawa region on February 26 Campaign aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Sudbury, Ontario) – On Tuesday, February 26, residents of the National Capital Region will add their ideas to a province-wide consultation on Ontario’s […]

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RELEASE: New OFL discussion paper rejects the myths of austerity and urges new public policy focus on jobs, growth, and public services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2013 MEDIA RELEASE New OFL discussion paper rejects the myths of austerity and urges new public policy focus on jobs, growth, and public services Ontarians invited to participate in province-wide consultation that begins tonight in Brampton (Toronto, Ontario) –The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) released a discussion paper today calling […]

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Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed: Time to change the conversation on austerity (Sid Ryan & Alex Himelfarb)

Time to change the conversation on austerity By Sid Ryan and Alex Himelfarb, Ottawa Citizen Opinion Editorial February 24, 2013 7:04 PM There is an absence of confidence in politics these days. Each new government budget offers a new austerity menu of what we cannot do, what we must cut and who must tighten their […]

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ADVISORY: OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Peel region on February 25th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2013 MEDIA ADVISORY OFL People’s Budget Campaign to hold community consultation in Peel region on February 25th Brampton Campaign Launch aims to change the public policy conversation on austerity (Brampton, Ontario) – On February 25, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will release a discussion paper calling for a changing […]

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RELEASE: OFL Considers Nominating Fraser Institute for “Union Organizer of the Year” Award for Championing Union Benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 20, 2013 Media Release OFL Considers Nominating Fraser Institute for “Union Organizer of the Year” Award for Championing Union Benefits (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan thanked the Fraser Institute – a right-wing think tank – for its release of today’s report highlighting the benefits of joining […]

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RELEASE: OFL Welcomes Throne Speech Overtures to Labour but is Eager for Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 19, 2013 Media Release OFL Welcomes Throne Speech Overtures to Labour but is Eager for Action (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan today welcomed a positive and constructive message from the first throne speech of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, but workers are eager for action. “Today’s throne […]

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Statement: Celebrating History Through Action: OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February, 2013

OFL STATEMENT February 1, 2013  Celebrating History Through Action: OFL Statement in Support of Black History Month – February, 2013 As millions celebrate February as Black History Month, they will also be marking an  important milestone in the movement to abolish slavery: the 100 year anniversary of the passing of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Born into […]

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OFL calls on Ontario’s New Premier to Redefine Provincial Priorities Around an Economic Recovery that Includes Everyone

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2013 OFL calls on Ontario’s New Premier to Redefine Provincial Priorities Around an Economic Recovery that Includes Everyone (Toronto, Ontario) – Ontario’s new Premier must meet the challenges left by her predecessor head on, according to the Ontario Federation of Labour. Newly elected Liberal Party Leader Kathleen Wynne must tackle […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: New Premier Faces Record Opposition: 30,000 Rally to Demand Restoration of Public Services and Democratic Rights

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 26, 2013 New Premier Faces Record Opposition: 30,000 Rally to Demand Restoration of Public Services and Democratic Rights (Toronto, Ontario) – Over 30,000 protesters descended on Maple Leaf Gardens this afternoon as Liberal Party delegates prepared to elect the next Premier of Ontario. Coming from every corner of the province and […]

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Media Advisory: Liberals to Elect New Premier Amid Unprecedented Protest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2013  Media Advisory: Liberals to Elect New Premier Amid Unprecedented Protest (Toronto, Ontario) – Whoever is elected to be the new Premier of Ontario will have to face the largest protest of the party’s eight years in government. “The Liberals have tried to pretend that their only opposition is from […]

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Ontario Liberals to Face Largest Protest Yet at #J26Rally: Over 100 Buses Booked and More are Rolling in Daily

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2013 Ontario Liberals to Face Largest Protest Yet at #J26Rally: Over 100 Buses Booked and More are Rolling in Daily (Toronto, Ontario) – With its Leadership Convention only a week away, the public backlash against the Ontario Liberal Party shows no signs of abating. The protest scheduled for 1:00 pm […]

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Rising Together Against Violence Against Women: OFL Statement in Support of One Billion Rising – February 14, 2013

 OFL STATEMENT January 17, 2013 Rising Together Against Violence Against Women: OFL Statement in Support of One Billion Rising – February 14, 2013 The Ontario Federation of Labour is joining with people around the world in a global movement to demand an end to violence against women and girls. One million workers in Ontario are […]

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Advisory: OFL President to Join Chief Spence and Allies in Rally for Justice

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 10, 2013 OFL President to Join Chief Spence and Allies in Rally for Justice (Ottawa, Ontario) – As First Nations leaders prepare to meet with Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan will show the support of Ontario’s labour movement for Canada’s Aboriginal community by […]

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OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER HARPER: Talk to Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation

OPEN LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER HARPER: Talk to Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation DECEMBER 17, 2012 Dear Prime Minister Harper: On behalf of one million members of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) I am calling on you to meet with Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat First Nation who is engaged […]

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OFL Statement for December 18, 2012 International Migrants Day

OFL STATEMENT December 18, 2012 Canada’s Exploitation of Migrant Workers Lowers the Bar for Every Worker OFL Statement for December 18, 2012 International Migrants Day Only days before the international community celebrates International Migrants Day, Canada’s Conservative government quietly introduced new rules stripping migrant workers of benefits they pay for. On December 10, International Human […]

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OFL President Sid Ryan to Hunker Down with the Homeless in Sidewalk Sleep-Out to Protest Social Assistance Cuts

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2012 OFL President Sid Ryan to Hunker Down with the Homeless in Sidewalk Sleep-Out to Protest Social Assistance Cuts (Toronto, Ontario) – OFL Officers Sid Ryan and Irwin Nanda will join poverty activists and people who are homeless in a sidewalk sleep-out at MPP Glen Murray’s Toronto Centre Constituency Office […]

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OFL Statement for December 10, 2012 International Human Rights Day

OFL STATEMENT December 10, 2012 Canada’s Human Rights Reputation is Fast Becoming a Myth OFL Statement for December 10, 2012 International Human Rights Day This year, as the global community recognizes December 10 as International Human Rights Day, many Canadians struggle with a vanishing sense of pride in Canada’s once renowned reputation as a leader […]

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OFL Statement for December 6, 2012 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

OFL STATEMENT December 5, 2012  Rising Together Against Violence Against Women: OFL Statement for December 6, 2012 National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women As Ontarians gather in cities and towns across the province to remember the women victims of gender-based violence, Ontario’s labour movement is beginning to build for a global […]

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ADVISORY: Cornwall Town Hall Exposes Local Impact of Government Cuts to Services and Democratic Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 2012 ADVISORY: Cornwall Town Hall Exposes Local Impact of Government Cuts to Services and Democratic Rights (Cornwall, Ontario) – Outraged at the McGuinty governments’ deep cuts to social programs and the recent attack on the democratic rights of education workers, Cornwall community members will be gathering on the evening of […]

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OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2012

OFL STATEMENT December 3, 2012 Ontarians with Disabilities Hit the Hardest by Government Cuts: OFL Statement for International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2012 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 a quarter of […]

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Donate to the OFL Jack Layton Memorial Statue: Memorial Progam Available for Download

Help us remember Jack’s contribution to Canada and donate now to a statue in his honour.

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ADVISORY: Windsor Town Hall Exposes Local Impact of Government Cuts to Services and Democratic Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 26, 2012 (Windsor, Ontario) – Outraged at the McGuinty governments’ deep cuts to social programs and the recent attack on the democratic rights of education workers, community members from across Windsor will be gathering this evening for a public town hall meeting. The forum will provide an opportunity for local residents […]

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In Memoriam: Cliff Pilkey (July 27, 1922 – November 17, 2012)

A Man of the People Cliff Pilkey (July 27, 1922 – November 17, 2012) Download the OFL’s Cliff Pilkey Memorial Download archival photos of Cliff The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the Oshawa Funeral Home on Friday, November 23 at 11:00 amwith the interment at Thornton Cemetery. A reception to follow […]

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Honouring Lost Lives, Seeking Justice for the Living: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2012

OFL STATEMENT November 20,2012 Honouring Lost Lives, Seeking Justice for the Living: OFL Statement on the Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2012 Since 1999, November 20 has been recognized as the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. It is a day to reflect on the lives of transgendered people who have been killed due to […]

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OPEN LETTER TO PREMIER: Labour Ends Talks with Government; Refuses to be Political Pawn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 24, 2012 Dear Premier McGuinty, Two weeks ago, Ontario’s labour leaders approached your government, in a gesture of good will, with the end goal of supporting local settlements while circumventing draconian legislation like Bill 115. Unfortunately, your government undermined these discussions before they could get started. First, your crass political decision […]

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Labour Calls Prorogation an Affront to Democratic Rights

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2012 (Toronto, ON) — Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan today debunked media speculation that the labour movement was privy to Premier Dalton McGuinty’s decision to prorogue the Ontario Legislature. “Let me set the record straight once and for all: the labour movement played no part in the […]

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Labour Movement Releases Mental Injury Tool Kit on World Mental Health Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 9, 2012 (Toronto, ON) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) has banded together with several provincial labour unions and the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) to launch a Mental Injury Tool Kit on October 10, 2012, in recognition of World Mental Health Day. This tool kit is part […]

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In Memoriam: Charles Roach (Activist+Artist+Musician+Lawyer+Revolutionary)

Charles Roach September 18, 1933 − October 2, 2012 Equality and civil rights advocates across Canada lost an incredible community activist and friend with the passing of renowned lawyer Charles Roach. Charlie never shied away from a cause. For more than 50 years, he led the fight against systemic racism and defended the most vulnerable in […]

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Bad Gas Rip-Off Hotline: Report Wage Theft from Gas Companies 1-800-668-9138

On Saturday, September 15, Toronto gas station attendant Jayesh Prajapati was run over and killed during pursuit of an SUV driver who stole $112 worth of gas. In response, the OFL sent a letter to the Toronto Police Service calling for a criminal investigation into the policies of Shell Canada and the possible role they played […]

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OFL Launches Hotline to Report Gas Company Theft of Worker Wages in Wake of Gas-and-Dash Tragedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2012 (Toronto, ON) — Despite denial from the petroleum industry, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) believes that the illegal practice of docking worker wages for gas theft may have played a role in Saturday night’s gas-and-dash killing of a Toronto gas station attendant. Today the OFL set out to […]

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OFL Calls for Criminal Investigation into Role of Shell Canada Policies in Gas-and-Dash Killing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2012 (Toronto, ON) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) today wrote to the Toronto Police Service to call for a criminal investigation into the policies of Shell Canada and the possible role they played in Saturday night’s death of a Toronto gas station attendant. Amid public outcry over the […]

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ADVISORY: Ontario Federation of Labour to Join the Occupy Rally on Parliament Hill, Sept. 17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2012 (Toronto) — On Monday, September 17, Ontario’s labour movement will be joining Canada’s Occupy movement on Parliament Hill to demand a stop to Prime Minister Harper’s cuts to jobs and services. Planned for the date that Parliament resumes after the summer recess and the one year anniversary of Occupy […]

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WSIB Death and Injury Stats (Jan-July, 2012)

Twenty-seven workers reportedly died in workplace related accidents or from occupational disease in only one month, according to new Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) statistics. That brings the total WSIB fatality claims to 236, while over 140,000 injury claims had been made. When compared to the 435 workplace fatalities and over 240,000 injury claims made in […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: McGuinty’s Anti-Union Posturing is Simply a Crass Game of Politics that Will Cost Him a Majority

For Immediate Release September 6, 2012 (Toronto, ON) — Stealing a page out of Tim Hudak’s failed “Change Book,” Premier Dalton McGuinty made a cynical electoral play when he decided to try to vilify school teachers and educational workers. In a deposition delivered last night on the McGuinty government’s controversial anti-worker bill, OFL President Sid […]

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Media Advisory: McGuinty’s Anti-Worker Gamble will Cost Him a Majority Government

For Immediate Release September 5, 2012 (Toronto, ON) — Stealing a page out of Tim Hudak’s failed “Change Book,” Premier Dalton McGuinty made a cynical electoral play when he decided to try to vilify school teachers and educational workers. In tonight’s deposition on the McGuinty government’s controversial anti-worker bill, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will […]

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Labour-Community Alliance is the Only Way to Challenge Inequality: OFL Statement on Labour Day, 2012

OFL STATEMENT Labour-Community Alliance is the Only Way to Challenge Inequality OFL Statement on Labour Day, 2012  Just days before the Canadian workers celebrated their proud labour history, Ontario’s labour movement and more than 90 community groups and non-profit organizations released an unprecedented report that reverberated through the media from one end of the country […]

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Sid Ryan: Depressed wages are a drag on Canada’s economy (Labour Day Op-Ed in the Toronto Star)

Originally appeared online on Sept. 1 and in the print edition of the Toronto Star on Sept. 3, 2012. Click here to see the original op-ed piece in the Toronto Star.   Just in time to celebrate Labour Day, the American retail giant Target rolled into Canada, swallowed up 150 Zellers stores from the Hudson’s Bay […]

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Ontario Common Front report puts inequality in the news

Yesterday the Ontario Common Front hit the provincial scene in a big way with the launch of a report on Ontario’s growing inequality that dominated the media and put a spotlight on the harsh impact of cuts to jobs and services. Download a full copy of “Falling Behind” Download quick reference fact sheets The report […]

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Letter to South African President Jacob Zuma: Justice for Striking Workers

August 24, 2012 President Jacob Zuma President of South Africa Union Buildings Private Bag X1000, Pretoria 0001 South Africa Sent by letter mail and emailed to president@po.gov.za. A .PDF version of this letter can be downloaded from this link.   Dear President Zuma: Subject: Call for a Full and Independent Investigation into Police Shootings of […]

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Target Fairness: Mass demonstration in Mississauga at 11 am on Aug 22

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Over 10,000 Zellers workers need your support in demanding fairness from the American retail giant, Target. Since Target bought up Canadian Zellers stores, every employee (some with over 30 years of loyal service) learned they were being terminated and forced to reapply for their jobs. Bring friends, members and community allies […]

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OFL Applauds Crown’s Appeal of “Manifestly Unfit” Sentence in Metron Scaffolding Tragedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 21, 2012 (Toronto) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan today applauded Ontario’s Attorney General for appealing the $200,000 fine leveled against Metron Construction for criminal negligence claiming the lives of four workers and seriously injuring another on Christmas Eve 2009. Calling the sentence “manifestly unfit,” the Crown’s […]

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WSIB Death and Injury Stats for the first 6 months of 2012

The latest death and injury stats from the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) report over 200 fatality claims and over 120,000 injuries. The tally for 2011 reached 436 workplace fatalities and 240,342 injury claims. It appears that the alarming trend in workplace tragedies remains unabated. 2012 WSIB Stats (to the end of June 2012) 209 […]

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OFL Receives Appointment to Ontario’s First Prevention Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2012 (Toronto) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) welcomed yesterday’s Ontario government announcement of the province’s first Prevention Council on Occupational Health and Safety. Included in the announcement was the appointment of OFL Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison and four other worker representatives to advise the government on measures to protect […]

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Info picket at Rogers Cup Tennis Final: Call for fair first contract, Aug. 12 @ 4:00 pm

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Help 300 Rogers workers secure a fair first collective agreement by bringing friends, co-workers and community allies to join an info picket during the Rogers Cup Tennis Final at York University on Sunday, August 12 at 4:00 pm. Please circulate the message from the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada […]

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Labour Federation Presidents: Premiers should fight back against Ottawa’s low-wage schemes (Op-Ed in the Halifax Chronicle Herald)

[Read the original op-ed in the Halifax Chronicle Herald] July 26, 2012 It has become clear that the federal government, supported by a number of employer organizations, has a plan for transforming Canada’s labour market in ways that will profoundly hurt Canadians. It’s a four-prong strategy which includes the dramatic expansion of the Temporary Foreign […]

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Sid Ryan: ‘Flexible’ labour means ‘cheap’ labour (Guest Column in Toronto Sun)

Guest Column in the Toronto Sun, July 23, 2012 http://m.torontosun.com/2012/07/20/flexible-labour-means-cheap-labour Prepare yourselves for lower-wages, fewer benefits and frequent job changes because middle class wages and job security are relics of the past, according to Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak. After all, it is a dog-eat-dog job market out there and only the lean and mean will […]

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Sid Ryan: Stripping labour rights (Op-Ed in the Windsor Star)

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak would have you believe that trade unions have outlived their usefulness and workers are better off without their right to work together. In support of his White Paper, Paths to Prosperity – Flexible Labour Markets, Hudak concedes that “over time, unions have contributed to developing Ontario’s middle class and to […]

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Huffington Post: When Hudak Says “Flexible” Labour, He Really Means “Cheap” (Guest Blog Part 1 of 3 by Sid Ryan)

Guest Blog in the Huffington Post  When Hudak Says “Flexible” Labour, He Really Means “Cheap” Sid Ryan, President, Ontario Federation Labour  http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/../../sid-ryan/tim-hudak-unions_b_1680555.html This is part one of a three-part reply to Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s series of HuffPost blogs about his party’s “Path to Prosperity” white paper. Since when was the middle class the enemy of Ontario’s […]

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Sid Ryan: Hudak pushes poverty over prosperity – Ontario PC leader signs onto Stephen Harper’s anti-labour agenda (Op-Ed in Hamilton Spectator)

It’s official. Reduced public services and cheap labour are the cornerstones of Ontario Conservatives’ latest economic scheme, as outlined in their recent white paper on “flexible labour markets.” For Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak, “prosperity” means turning Ontario into a low-wage, regulation-free haven where corporations rake in profit at the expense of Ontario workers, communities […]

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OFL’s Sid Ryan live interviewed on CP24 about Metron Construction Fines

Watch this CP24 video clip of a live interview with Sid Ryan after Metron Construction was slapped with a $200,000 fine for the deaths of 4 workers and the critical injury of a third. Sid Interviewed Live by CP24’s George Lagogianes: The OFL has called on the crown to appeal the sentence because justice can’t be […]

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OFL Calls on Crown to Appeal Metron Sentence: A Worker’s Life is Worth More than $50K

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2012 (Toronto) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan is calling on the Crown to appeal the $200,000 fine leveled against Metron Construction today for the deaths of four workers and the critical injury of another. Ryan had harsh criticisms for a judicial system that continues to […]

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OFL Expects Historic Sentencing of Negligent Company: Restitution Sought for Victim and Survivors

(Toronto) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is bracing itself for a historic verdict this Friday, when the sentence will be announced against Metron Construction. The company’s criminal negligence led to the deaths of four workers and the critical injury of another when scaffolding collapsed at a Toronto high-rise on December 24, 2009. While […]

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Sid Ryan: Conservative Tim Hudak pushes plan for poverty, not prosperity (Op-Ed in Toronto Star)

It’s official. Reduced public services and cheap labour are the cornerstones of Ontario Conservatives’ latest economic scheme, as outlined in their recent white paper on “flexible labour markets.” For Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, “prosperity” means turning Ontario into a low-wage, regulation-free haven where corporations rake in profit at the expense of Ontario workers, communities […]

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Hudak Plan Seeks to Strip Workers of Wages, Benefits and Pensions

(TORONTO)  — Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak’s White Paper on “Flexible Labour Markets” seeks to strip Ontario workers of wages, benefits and pensions, according to the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). “Hudak’s proposed reforms to Ontario labour laws are nothing but sour grapes. He blames labour unions and not his own bad policy for his […]

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Callous Assault by Employers on Cancer Victims and Surviving Widows

OFL Calls on McGuinty to Reinstate Compensation for Victims and Survivors (Toronto) — As a result of an employer-led legal campaign, victims of occupational disease and their survivors have been cut off of “loss of earnings” benefit payments by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB). OFL President Sid Ryan sent an urgent letter to […]

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No Jail Time, No Justice, Says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) expressed frustration that Metron Construction boss Joel Swartz won’t be facing jail time for the deaths of four workers and serious injury to another. While applauding the historic conviction of the company – the first in Ontario to face conviction for criminal negligence – the OFL made it clear that the $1-million fine sought by the prosecution doesn’t deliver sufficient justice to the victims and their families.

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No More Broken Promises! OFL Statement on National Aboriginal Day, June 21, 2012

After years of inaction on critical Aboriginal land and resource matters and its refusal to protect the sacred burial sites of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation on Big Trout Lake, the Government of Ontario finally showed signs of conceding. In March 2012, the McGuinty Government relented to public pressure and issued a temporary stop to all mining activity on KI land, but the moratorium didn’t apply to Toronto-based God’s Lake Resources, which staked its claims early enough to get in under the wire.

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“Toby’s Law” Marks Break-Through for Human Rights

On the opening day of the OFL’s Out@Work Conference, delegates were joined by NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-High Park) who announced the second reading passing of Bill 33, Toby’s Act (Right to be Free from Discrimination and Harassment Because of Gender Identity or Gender Expression). In her fourth attempt to secure Human Rights Code protections […]

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Harassment Forces Some Workers to Choose Between Their Safety or Their Job: OFL Statement on Sexual Harassment Awareness Week, June 1-7, 2012

Studies show that the majority of working women will experience some form of sexual harassment throughout their working lives; however the harassment experienced in the workplace is not solely limited to sexual harassment. Harassment on the basis of race, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity/expression and various other forms of personal harassment, compounded with harassment due to gender can make the workplace, and indeed society, dangerous and even lethal for many vulnerable workers.

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Chief Blair Must Step Down or be Fired: OFL President Says G20 Police Accountability Must Start at the Top

(TORONTO, ON) — Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan today responded to a damning report on the police use of excessive force during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto by calling for the resignation of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

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Fighting for LGBT Rights Wins Gains and Inspires Hope! OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2012

As the global community recognizes May 17 as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the Ontario LGBT community is making gains in human rights and protections, one legislative step at a time. After its fourth introduction before the Ontario Legislature, Bill 33, the Right to be Free from Discrimination and Harassment Because of Gender Identity or Gender Expression Act, 2012, has finally been passed through Second Reading. The bill, commonly known as “Toby’s Act,” was debated and voted on for the first time ever in the Ontario Legislature, and has now been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

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OFL President Sid Ryan calls for social justice for the Sikh community

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan called for social justice for the Sikh community before a hundred thousand at a Baisakhi Day (or Vaisakhi Day) Celebration in Etobicoke, Ontario on Sunday, May 6, 2012. OFL Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison and Executive Vice-President Irwin Nanda also joined the annual event that included a parade from the Mississauga neighbourhood of Malton to a religious centre in Toronto’s west-end. The three officers participated with NDP MPP Jagmeet Singh (Bramalea-Gore-Malton), who is himself an outspoken advocate for social justice, human rights and workers’ rights.

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OFL Celebrates South Asian Heritage Month

The OFL helped recognize May as South Asian Heritage Month by co-hosting a labour celebration at Brampton’s Sagan Banquet Hall on May 8. The event drew over 300 participants to celebrate South Asian cultures and honour labour and community activism. Among the event sponsors were the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Brampton-Mississauga and District Labour […]

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Today’s Legislative vote on labour law reform will be a test of the new relationship between the Liberals and the NDP

(TORONTO, ON) — “McGuinty’s Liberals relied on the support of the NDP to pass the Ontario Budget and they will continue to rely on this partnership in the weeks and months ahead,” said OFL President Sid Ryan. “The vote this afternoon on labour law reform will be a test of the new relationship between the Liberals and the NDP.”

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Over 15,000 Attend Largest Community Protest of McGuinty’s Term

(TORONTO, ON) – Nearly 100 buses rolled in to Toronto to join over 15 thousand Ontarians from all walks of life for the largest protest of McGuinty’s term. Community and labour groups from towns and cities across Ontario, and as far away as Timmins, converged at Queen’s Park only days before the final budget vote to demand fair taxation from banks and corporations.

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Community and Labour Groups to Protest Budget Unfairness

(TORONTO, ON) – Nearly 100 buses are expected to join thousands of Ontarians from all walks of life for the largest protest of McGuinty’s term. Community and labour groups from over 30 towns and cities as far away as Timmins will converge at Queen’s Park today at 3:00 pm to demand fair taxation from banks and corporations.

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Toronto Library Workers Strike for Fairness

Contract talks between Toronto Public Library Board and its 2,300 employees broke down on March 18 and the workers walked out to protest concessions that were the most onerous in the history of the library. The job action is the direct result of the aggressive budgetary cuts that were imposed by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford […]

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Outraged Seniors, Retirees and Workers Expected to Pack Oshawa Townhall Over Harper’s Pension Cuts

(OSHAWA, ON) – Outraged by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s recent threat to cut Old Age Security (OAS) benefits, retirees, pensioners and workers are expected to pack an Oshawa Townhall meeting this Thursday to send a message to local politicians. Area Conservative MPs Jim Flaherty, Bev Oda and Colin Carrie have been invited to listen to the experiences and concerns of constituents who are calling on the government to support public pensions.

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Novotel Workers Speak Out Against Employer Bullying and Reprisals

(TORONTO, ON) ─ At a media conference held at Queen’s Park today, workers from Novotel hotels in Ottawa and Toronto shared their experiences facing discipline, suspension and termination after they were identified as union supporters. Despite the global commitment of Accor, Novotel’s parent company, to “not oppose efforts to unionize its employees,” 14 of 25 union supporters at two hotels have been targeted. A union drive taking place at a third Novotel location in North York has not yet gone to a vote and already one union supporter has been disciplined.

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OFL Accuses Vale of Whitewashing Investigation into Double Fatality, Calls for Criminal Investigation

(TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan accused multinational mining corporation, Vale, of whitewashing an internal investigation into a 2011 double fatality at its Stobie Mine in Sudbury. A separate investigation conducted by the United Steelworkers (USW) that was released today found evidence of company negligence warranting a criminal investigation.

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Massive London Day of Action Takes on Corporate Greed

More than 15,000 trade unionists and supporters descended upon downtown London, Ontario on January 21 in an overwhelming display of solidarity with the members of CAW Local 27. Dubbed a “London Day of Action Against Corporate Greed,” the rally was held in Victoria Park, the site of last year’s Occupy London tent city. The downtown […]

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