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The 15th Biennial Convention of the Ontario Federation of Labour will be held from Monday, November 25 to Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario. 

CREDENTIALS: This year, registration for convention is available online for all delegates.

Latest from Convention

Nov
29

Power of Many: Resolutions, November 29

The following resolutions were carried on November 29, 2019 by the Ontario Federation of Labour: 133. To make (PPE) Equipment That Meets The Health and Safety Needs of All Women in the Workplace.79. Restore Funding for Legal Aid Services and Access to Justice for Low-Income Ontarians38. Benefit Program for Precarious Workers, Contract Workers, Employees and…

Nov
29

Legal Aid cuts undermine justice for all Ontarians

Ontario’s already cash-strapped legal aid community is facing major cuts and providers are concerned they will not be able to support low-income Ontarians who need the protections they can provide, a panel told the delegates at the OFL’s Power of Many conference Wednesday. Megan Stephens, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Women’s Legal Education…

Nov
29

Kathy Le receives 2019 Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award

Kathy Le, CUPE Local 2484 most active retiree, is the recipient of the 2019 Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award. If you have been out to Toronto rallies about childcare, in support of the minimum wage or to end cuts to health care, you have probably seen Kathy with her flower bedecked bicycle, standing in…

Nov
29

2019 Bob Borch Human Rights Award goes to Abdi Hagi Yusuf

Abdi Hagi Yusuf, with CUPW, is the 2019 recipient of the Bob Borch Human Rights Award, which was established in 2002 to recognize the OFL Executive Board member, trade union activist and champion of human rights. “I am humbled to receive this award, which I accept on behalf of everyone in the labour movement who…

Nov
28

OFL adopts Power of Many vision and action plan for an Ontario for all

The OFL’s Director of Research, Thevaki Thevaratnam presented the organization’s Power of Many vision document and action plan on Monday. Friday, the document was passed, providing a clear direction for the OFL in coming years. The OFL will spur a people-led movement for social, economic and environmental justice for all and make Ontario a better…

Nov
28

Power of Many: Resolutions, November 28

The following resolutions were carried on November 28, 2019 by the Ontario Federation of Labour: 140. Compensating All Mesothelioma Cases136. Prevention Link Resources58. Improve Public Education By Reducing Violence In The Classroom127. Vicarious Trauma130. Calling for Mandatory Health and Safety Training Standards125. Pressure Canadian Retailers To Stop Using Toxic Cash Receipts

Nov
28

The burden of occupational disease remains a handicap for individuals, families and many Ontario communities

According to Sylvia Boyce, Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator with USW District 6, “Occupational diseases are the leading cause of death in Ontario. Most occupational diseases go unrecognized and undetected.” Boyce shared this stark reality with delegates attending Thursday’s session of the OFL 2019 Power of Many Convention. The panel also included Natasha Luckhardt, the…

Nov
28

Economic inequality key to the rise of the Alt-Right and unions can stop the rise of hate

As working-class anger over economic inequality and the precarity of work grows, the Alt-Right has taken up populist tactics, rallying voices of hate and division, and it’s working. In today’s workshop titled The Alt-Right’s Authoritarian Populism and What We Can Do to Counter It OFL delegates learned what the Alt-Right is, what it believes, how…

Nov
28

The labour movement has a responsibility to respond to refugee crises

The labour movement has always stepped up to challenges, and accepting refugees into our community is no different, according to Sharon Simpson, the Special Projects Coordinator for Labour Community Services. Simpson and David Rapaport, CUPE Local 3908, presented a short video from the United Nations Refugee Agency to delegates at the OFL’s Power of Many…

Nov
28

OFL’s Solidarity and Pride Activist Award presented to Michelle Blais

Michelle Blais is the recipient of the Ontario Federation of Labour 2019 Solidarity and Pride Activist Award. A secondary school teacher with the OECTA Toronto Secondary Unit, Michelle has been a trailblazer for 2SLGBTQI+ issues and rights, both within her organization and the broader community. “I stand before you as an out and proud catholic…

Nov
28

Power of Many panel highlights women supporting women in the labour movement

On the day that the OFL elected its first ever female president, a panel was held at the Power of Many convention to highlight the work women have done across the labour movement. The panel, moderated by Carolyn Ferns, the Public Policy and Government Relations Coordinator for the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, featured…

Nov
27

Matthew Green Inspires Power of Many Convention Delegates

Newly elected Member of Parliament for Hamilton Centre, Matthew Green, delivered a rousing address to the almost-1000 delegates at the Ontario Federation of Labour Power of Many Convention on Wednesday morning. “The monster in Doug Ford is real,” said Green. “But the ghosts of 15 years of liberalism continue to haunt us.” Green, who was…

Nov
27

Power of Many: Passed Resolutions November 27, 2019

The following resolutions were carried on November 27, 2019 by the Ontario Federation of Labour: 97. Union Solidarity Against FascismER1: Coup d’état in Bolivia100. Standing Against Hate and Islamophobia88. Environmental Justice For Racialized Low-Income And Indigenous Ontarians84. Reproductive Rights93. Support UNDRIP114. Support For People With Chronic Long-Term Disabilities

Nov
27

Ontario’s unions rally at Queen’s Park against Ford’s cuts

Ontario’s unions marched on Queen’s Park to demand that the Ford stop his agenda of cuts that are hurting the most vulnerable and get back to building an Ontario for all. In spite of the wind and the rain, workers sent a united message against Ford’s cuts. The Power of Many rally was a key…

Nov
27

OFL Young Worker’s Award presented to Ken Maclam

Ken Maclam, Vice President of OPSEU local 740 and Chair of OPSEU Provincial Young Worker’s Committee, is the recipient of the 2019 Power of Many OFL Young Worker’s Award. The OFL Young Worker’s Award, which is presented at each convention, goes to a young worker or youth activist who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in mobilizing…

Nov
26

Power of Many: Resolutions November 26, 2019

The following resolutions were carried on November 26, 2019 by the Ontario Federation of Labour: 89. Grassy Narrows Support46. The Effect Of Privatization On Women35. Pay Equity Enforcement56. Oppose BIG Box For Profit Child Care59. Full-Day Kindergarten60. Opposing Public Funding Of Private Education In Ontario62. Post-Secondary Funding50. Address Ambulance Services Restructuring53. Invest In Mental Health…

Nov
26

CLC Ontario Region awarded with inaugural OFL Labour Council Builder Award

The Regional Representatives of the Canadian Labour Congress’ (CLC) Ontario Region, including Lisa Bastien, Gogi Bhandal, Mehdi Kouhestaninejad, Kim Kent, Josh Moraes and Heather Erlen, are the recipients of the 2019 inaugural OFL Labour Council Builder Award. The award was established at the 2017 Convention was presented this week for the first time in honour…

Nov
26

Young Workers’ Forum dissects the gig economy

Joseanne Job, OFL Vice-President of Young Workers moderated a forum on Monday afternoon, titled Young Workers’ Powering the Future of Decent Work at the Power of Many Convention. The panel, which examined the gig economy, included Heider Zahid, Member IBEW Local 353 and IBEW NextGen Young Workers Committee and Central Ontario Building Trades Hammer Heads…

Nov
26

Canada’s unions stand behind Ontario’s teachers, says Hassan Yussuff

Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, voiced his support for Ontario’s teachers during his keynote speech at the OFL’s Power of Many Convention. “If the Premier was to dare remember, he graduated from the public school system,” Yussuff said. “We will mobilize this province like we’ve never done before. We did it with…

Nov
26

Patty Coates is the first woman to be elected President of the Ontario Federation of Labour

(TORONTO, ON) – In an historic election, Patty Coates is the first woman to be elected President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL). Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) delegates have elected Coates and her team, Secretary-Treasurer Ahmad Gaied and Executive Vice-President Janice Folk-Dawson to lead the Federation’s fight against the Conservative austerity agenda. “It is a…

Nov
26

Power of Many delegates gripped by Climate Emergency

From flooding in the north to forest fires in the west, climate change is undeniable and became the focus of discussion this morning at the Ontario Federation of Labour 15th Biennial Convention. John Cartwright, President of the Toronto York Region Labour Council, moderated the session and provided valuable insight for delegates on how the climate…

Nov
26

Women’s Caucus honours Carrol Anne Sceviour for 30 years of service

The OFL Women’s Caucus gathered to pay tribute to a woman who has been working in the labour movement for over 30 years. Dozens of women took to two microphones to celebrate Carrol Anne Sceviour, who is now retiring. Sceviour was commended not only for the work she has done on issues such as sexual…

Nov
26

Convention workshop looks ahead to the next Ontario budget

In a lunch-hour workshop, Ontario Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Randy Robinson, delivered an informative session about underfunding of Ontario Services and how that hits families and the most vulnerable.  Randy went over the sequential series of PC and Liberal Finance Ministers that have eroded the Ontario’s revenue position.  “They’ll tell ya…

Nov
25

Power of Many: Resolutions November 25, 2019

The following resolutions were carried on Monday, November 25, 2019 by the Ontario Federation of Labour: 18. Keep Fighting for Decent Work 19. Protect Temp Agency Workers 67.* as amended – Student Choice Initiative 22. Repeal Bill 124 and Restore Free and Fair Collective Bargaining to Ontario’s Public Sector and Broader Public Sector 33. Campaign on Domestic Violence Leave…

Nov
25

OFL announced Honour Roll nominees for 2019

Every year since 1984, the Ontario Federal of Labour (OFL) has inducted five retired or deceased trade unionists into the OFL Labour Honour Roll. This prestigious recognition is intended to acknowledge the significant contributions of individual OFL members to the life and growth of the trade union movement in Ontario. The Labour Honour Roll is…

Sep
9

OFL Convention 2019 Awards – Call for Nominations

Download the call for nominations The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is seeking nominations from affiliates, local unions and labour councils for the upcoming OFL 15thBiennial Convention Awards:  Bob Borch Human Rights Award, Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award, Olivia Chow Child Care Champion Award, OFL Cultural Award, Linda Jolley Lifetime Achievement Award for Health and Safety,…

Aug
27

Online Registration: OFL 15th Biennial Power of Many Convention

Register online now. Greetings,  The 15th Biennial Convention of the Ontario Federation of Labour will be held from Monday, November 25 to Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario.  For the 15th biennial convention of the OFL, we meet under the banner of the Power of Many, as…

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