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Media Advisory: Press Conference on the $15 minimum wage

(TORONTO, ON) – Leaders of the $15 and Fairness movement, including the Fight for $15 and Fairness and the Ontario Federation of Labour, will be speaking at a press conference on Friday September 28, 2018 at 9:30 am in the Queen’s Park media studio. With mere weeks to go before 1.7 million Ontario workers get…


Labour movement will fight for strong, accessible, well-funded public services, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON)– Today’s line-by-line audit points to austerity measures on the way, including service cuts and privatization, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. In his address, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy spoke about increased digitization and job change across the public service, the sale of public assets, and means testing for Ontarians accessing services and…


Ford invoking the notwithstanding clause is shameful abuse of power

(TORONTO, ON) ─ By calling back the legislature in order to use the notwithstanding clause to force through the reduction of Toronto City Council, Doug Ford is undermining the courts and democracy for Toronto’s municipalities, and showing his disrespect for Ontario’s laws and Ontarians themselves. The court decision quashing Doug Ford’s plan to cut the…


OFL Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates to speak in Thunder Bay on Labour Day

This Labour Day, Ontario Federation of Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates will be speaking in Thunder Bay. Ontario workers fought for and won long overdue improvements to Ontario’s labour and employment laws including paid sick days, fairer scheduling and equal pay for equal work provisions. Other victories included protections for workers engaged in a labour dispute, making…


Media advisory – Chris Buckley to speak a media event on Labour Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     August 31, 2018 OFL President Chris Buckley to speak on Labour Day (TORONTO, ON) – This Labour Day, Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley will be speaking at a media event at the statue of Adam Beck at 8:45 a.m. “This Labour Day, we are sending a clear message to Doug…


Canada’s Labour Leaders Urge Premiers to Collaborate on a National Universal Pharmacare Plan

National, Provincial and Territorial Labour Leaders encourage Canada’s Premiers to unite behind a universal, single-payer, public prescription drug coverage program. In addition to giving every Canadian access to life-saving prescriptions, a universal Pharmacare plan will free up money for much needed investment in healthcare.   (SAINT ANDREWS, N.B.) During the Council of the Federation meeting in…


Ontario Federation of Labour disappointed by government push toward privatization

(TORONTO, ON) – In the face of looming back-to-work legislation and cuts that will erode public services and quality of life for Ontarians, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) vows to stand up for the hard-won rights of workers in this province. “Today’s Throne Speech delivered disappointing news for public services in Ontario. The question…


Call for nominations: 2018 OFL Labour Honour Roll

Every year since 1984, the OFL has inducted five new names of 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. It is also intended to inspire…


OFL recognizes National Indigenous Peoples Day with permanent land acknowledgement and the launch of new resources for understanding

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is marking National Indigenous Peoples’ Day with the launch of new resources for understanding and action, and the permanent installation of a land acknowledgement plaque at the OFL building in Toronto. National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, June 21, recognizes and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures and…


Ford’s hiring freeze will put further strain on already underfunded public services, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) ­– Premier-designate Doug Ford’s announcement of a public sector hiring freeze, except for “essential front-line services” in jails, fire, and policing, spells trouble for Ontario’s already overburdened and underfunded public services. “Ontario hospitals and long-term care facilities, for example, are already in a state of crisis,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris…


Thousands rally in support of a $15 minimum wage

(TORONTO, ON) – Just nine days after the Ontario election, thousands flooded the streets outside the Ministry of Labour and marched to Queen’s Park today in support of the $15 minimum wage and fairer labour laws. People came in from Niagara to Ottawa, Brampton to Oshawa, and joined the rally carrying signs that read “WE…


Day of Action for CUPE 3903 at York to close university gates Friday May 4

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will hold a Day of Action for CUPE 3903 at York University this Friday, May 4, 2018. Strikers and their supporters will be blocking entrances to York University. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. Friday, OFL affiliates, Labour Councils, as well as community and campus supporters will join…


Pre-election budget should present a better plan for workers

(TORONTO, ON) – On the heels of the release of the  2018 Ontario Budget: A Plan for Care and Opportunity, Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley is calling on the Liberal government to do more in its budget for Ontario workers and their families. “With an election on the horizon, this government has…