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

November 19, 2015

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

November 2, 2015

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)

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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Sid Ryan’s President’s Report – Fall 2015

September 28, 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

September 23, 2015

 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

September 18, 2015

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

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

September 4, 2015

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

August 21, 2015

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

July 3, 2015

 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’

June 25, 2015

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

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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ADVISORY: OFL President Sid Ryan to Join Sudbury Teachers on the Picket Line

May 8, 2015

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

May 7, 2015

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

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

April 28, 2015

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)

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

April 23, 2015

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

April 15, 2015

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

April 14, 2015

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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