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July 16, 2019

Greetings,

At the November 2015 OFL Convention I was given the privilege to become the President of the Ontario Federation of Labour.

It was no secret that our Federation was on the verge of collapse, for several reasons, and needed to be re-built in order to survive, and to continue its important work.  To say that the last several years have been challenging is an understatement, however, it has been important work, and a rewarding experience.

Our Federation is now back on track and on a solid foundation as it once was and should be. Over this period our labour movement has faced many challenges. Our movement is resilient. We have risen to meet those challenges and will continue to fight for the interests of all working people in Ontario, and indeed across Canada. As a movement, we will continue to face these obstacles head on, in defense of all workers and their families.  With the power of many on our side, we will build an Ontario, where no one is left behind.

After much consideration I have decided that I will not be seeking re-election at the upcoming OFL Convention later this year.

Once again, I want to thank all of you for the support you have given me, and for the confidence you have placed in my leadership during my terms as President. I want to thank all of you for your contribution and the dedication you give to our movement every day.

Finally, and most importantly, I have been faced with many difficult challenges during my 34 years representing workers. I would not have been able to do this important work had it not been for the love, support and understanding of my family. To my wife Colleen, daughter Elyse and son Jonathan, thank you. I love you with all my heart and soul.

All the best.

In solidarity,
CHRIS BUCKLEY
President

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