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Time for Ontario to Follow Alberta’s Leadership on a $15 Minimum Wage by 2018

June 30, 2016

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) applauds the Government of Alberta’s plan to implement a $15 minimum wage by 2018. The OFL is calling on the Wynne government to follow Alberta’s bold leadership, by making $15 minimum wage its standard for workers across Ontario. “There are 1.7 million workers in Ontario who currently earn wages that…

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

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

September 6, 2015

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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There is a Better Choice: VOTE NDP!

September 1, 2015

During past nine years of a Harper-led government, the Conservatives have proven that they will trample the rights of all who stand in their path. Environmentalists who opposed the tar sands, fracking and oil pipelines got a taste of this when Public Safety Minister Vic Toews listed them as “eco-extremists.” Union members have been reminded of…

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5 Facts About the NDP’s $15 Minimum Wage Strategy

August 8, 2015

“The NDP’s $15 federal minimum wage strategy is exactly what working families in Canada need. Tom Mulcair and the federal New Democratic Party are on the mark with their minimum wage strategy. A rising tide lifts all boats, and one way to reverse the trend of growing income inequality is a livable wage – a…

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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

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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Peter Kormos: Warrior for the Working Class

April 3, 2013

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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Toronto Star Op-Ed: Canada-EU trade deal: No time for NDP to show moderation (Sid Ryan)

March 7, 2013

Canada-EU trade deal: No time for NDP to show moderation NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair’s “wait-and-see” approach to the Canada-European Union trade deal is dangerous, not moderate. By: Sid Ryan Published on Thursday, March 07, 2013 It is always uncomfortable to give public advice to a friend, but when he is about to head down a perilous…

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

November 28, 2012

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

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NDP Candidate Catherine Fife Launches Campaign in K-W Byelection

August 18, 2012

On Thursday, August 16, NDP Candidate Catherine Fife launched her campaign in the Kitchener-Waterloo byelection with outstanding support. Nearly every Ontario NDP MP and MPP attended her campaign kick-off to a cheering crowd of more than 200. OFL Vice-President Irwin Nanda joined the campaign launch to bring labour support. After the launch, hundreds of volunteers…

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

June 13, 2012

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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New Anti-Bullying Law Protects LGBTQ Youth

June 5, 2012

The Ontario government’s anti-bullying legislation is on its way to becoming law, making it clear that sexual assault, gender-based violence, homophobia and transphobia will not be tolerated in the province’s public schools. While the law comes too late to save the lives of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley and 11-year-old Mitchell Wilson, it is hoped to help…

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OFL Celebrates South Asian Heritage Month

May 8, 2012

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

May 3, 2012

(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

April 21, 2012

(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

April 21, 2012

(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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Massive London Day of Action Takes on Corporate Greed

January 22, 2012

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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