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OFL Statement on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17, 2015

May 15, 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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2015 Ontario LGBTQ Pride Event Listings

May 8, 2015

LGBTQ Pride 2015 Dear Sisters and Brothers: Visible signs of union pride are extremely important for smaller towns and communities across Ontario. Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) identified workers and their families are very often invisible or, if out, at serious risk of harassment in their workplaces and their communities. Over the past…

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OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2015

May 1, 2015

OFL STATEMENT May 1, 2015 South Asians Helped to Build Ontario, as Workers and as Citizens OFL Statement for South Asian Heritage Month – May 2015 Across Ontario, workers are joining the South Asian community in recognizing May as South Asian Heritage Month. However, this year’s celebrations are dampened by news last month that 70,000…

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OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 8, 2015

April 7, 2015

OFL STATEMENT April 8, 2015 None Can Stay Silent in the Face of Bullying OFL Statement on the Day of Pink, Anti-Bullying Day – April 8, 2015 Today the Ontario Federation of Labour calls upon workers across the province to celebrate diversity by wearing a pink shirt and by organizing activities in your workplace, or…

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OFL Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2015

March 20, 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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A Tribute to Activism: OFL Human Rights Director Janice Gairey Retires

February 2, 2015

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

January 30, 2015

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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Statement: Time for Canadians to Move Human Rights Barriers Aside

December 9, 2014

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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Bullying Only Thrives When We are Silent: Anti-Bullying Day – April 9, 2014

April 8, 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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Young Workers Offer Solutions to Ontario’s Youth Unemployment Crisis

February 26, 2014

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

January 31, 2014

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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RELEASE: Drastic cuts to Canada Post demonstrate lack of imagination

December 12, 2013

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

December 10, 2013

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

December 4, 2013

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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OFL Workers of Colour Assembly ─ ‘The Rising of US All’ (Nov. 23, 2013)

October 4, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be holding its second Workers of Colour one day Assembly organized by the OFL Workers of Colour Committee and cosponsored by the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF), Latin American Trade Unionists Coalition (LATUC) and the…

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OFL Young Workers’ Assembly ─ ‘Young Workers Rising’ (Nov. 23-24, 2013)

October 4, 2013

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, Nov. 22 The OFL Workers Under 30 Committee will be hosting the first Young Workers’ Assembly on November 23 and 24, 2013, immediately preceding the 12th Biennial OFL Convention. This informative and instructive session is open to all young workers and will include a full day of educational sessions and discussion…

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

August 19, 2013

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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OFL President to join Toronto Plaza Hotel workers in boycott rally

August 14, 2013

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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Media Conference with families of police shooting victims to call for action to stop bodies from piling up

August 12, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2013 ADVISORY: Media Conference with families of police shooting victims to call for action to stop bodies from piling up (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will co-host a media conference of family members of victims of police violence at the office of the Urban Alliance on Race…

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OFL applauds Ombudsman probe into police response to violent situations

August 9, 2013

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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