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Nov
20

The Ontario NDP Women’s Committee Breaking Boundaries Award for Social Justice Leadership

Activists in the New Democratic Party follow in the footsteps of many distinguished political trailblazers. In 1990, the Ontario NDP Women’s Committee established an annual award to honour the significant contributions that women and gender diverse people in the party have made towards the advancement of gender equity and social justice. CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION The…

Oct
29

OFL Statement on Neskantaga First Nation’s Water Crisis

The Ontario Federation of Labour demands action for Neskantaga First Nation peoples, who have been evacuated and left without a safe, clean water supply for the winter. The community has lived under a boil water advisory for more than 25 years. “It is appalling that clean drinking water, a basic human right readily available to…

Oct
23

OFL Statement on 1492 Land Back Lane Injunction

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is outraged at the October 22 provincial court decision to grant a permanent injunction against the 1492 Land Defenders. The Federation further denounces the violence that ensued between the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and peaceful Haudenosaunee Land Defenders protecting their traditional territory. Labour leaders from across Ontario will converge…

Oct
21

Solidarity: Ontario Federation of Labour supports Mi’kmaq treaty rights

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) sends solidarity and supports the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq’s right to harvest and sell fish for a moderate livelihood, as per the Peace and Friendship Treaties of 1760/61. The over 250-year-old agreement was reaffirmed as a constitutional right by the Supreme Court of Canada through the Marshall decisions of 1999.…

Sep
25

Open Letter from the Ontario labour movement to Doug Ford and Christine Elliott: Declare racism, including anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, a public health crisis

Black and Indigenous peoples are more likely to be living in low-income households, have less access to safe housing, have significantly higher rates of child poverty and mortality, earn less for equal work, and die at significantly younger ages.

The intersection of race with inequities in housing, income, and other social determinants of health has placed Black and Indigenous Peoples at greater risk. This is unacceptable. This must change

Sep
16

Solidarity with 1492 Land Back Lane

Land Defenders in the 1492 Land Back Lane action reclaiming land along the Haldimand Tract have the support and solidarity of the Ontario Federation of Labour. Since July 19, Haudenosaunee Land Defenders have been peacefully reclaiming land along the Haldimand Tract, just south of Caledonia. The Haldimand Tract was land given to Six Nations, in…

Sep
8

Solidarity with Scholar Strike Canada on September 9 and 10, 2020

The OFL stands in solidarity with Scholar Strike Canada, which is being held on September 9 and 10 to protest anti-Black murders by the police in the United States and in Canada. “Many scholars are employed in precarious work in our academic institutions, and as such, we recognize that this solidarity action of coming together…

Aug
21

OFL statement in support of the people of Belarus

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), in solidarity with the people and workers of Belarus, condemns the authoritarian violence against peaceful protesters following the presidential election in Belarus. The OFL joins the Canadian Labour Congress in calling for an end to the violence, persecution, and arrests of peaceful protesters and demands the release of all…

Jul
28

Ford tracker: PC actions to date

This list was last updated on July 28 2020Click here to download the Ford Tracker.Cliquez ici pour télécharger le Ford Tracker “Gardons Forda l’oeil”, le 25 juillet 2019.  PC actions to date (highlights): July 2020 Revealed that provincial spending was $3.5 billion lower than planned last year, further starving public services Removed $1 billion in planned funding…

Jul
24

Defund the police resource page

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) supports Black liberation groups and their call for the defunding of police services. Specific demands for change will look different from city to city, depending on the needs of the community. There is, however, an understanding that fundamental and disruptive change is required: defund the police. The OFL and…

Jul
17

Defund the Police FAQ

WHAT IS ANTI-BLACK AND ANTI-INDIGENOUS RACISM? Anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism is an implicit and/or explicit bias, on an individual and institutional level, directed at Black people and members of Canada’s First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.  It has historically and presently resulted in public policies and practices – including policing, educational, health care, labour market,…

Jul
10

OFL/AIL JACK LAYTON LABOUR POST-SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP 2020

Dear OFL Members, The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the annual OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships. To apply:Download the application form Two OFL members, or the children of members, will be selected from a pool of applicants to each receive a scholarship…

Jul
9

Anti-racism resource list

A list of courses, readings, videos, and podcasts on anti-racism, compiled by the OFL Workers of Colour Committee, CBTU, and the OFL. COURSES How to show up in BIPOC-only spaces without white centering Anti-Racism 101 “Crash Course” Digital teach-in bringing together organizers and lawyers from across the country to engage in a discussion around policing Black…

Jun
24

COVID-19 economic recovery plan must put people first if it is to succeed, says the Ontario Federation of Labour

“Ontario workers are seeing COVID-19’s effect on the Ontario economy, their families, and their workplaces every day. They must be meaningfully consulted on any plan for economic recovery,” said OFL President Patty Coates. “The labour movement urges the Ford government to take off its pro-business, anti-worker blinders and boldly consider the robust economic recovery plan that we are presenting. For the good of our province, it’s time to deliver health and safety laws that put workers first, strong public services, decent work laws, and justice for all.”

Jun
19

Statement: Ford government proposal for holiday cuts is a non-starter

(Toronto) – The Ford Conservative’s proposal of a two-year pilot project that would remove nine statutory holidays from retail workers and leave them with only three shows the government’s callous and harmful attitude toward retail workers and their families. Despite recent accounts that this proposal was never meant to be implemented, the government had public…

Jun
19

Statement: National Indigenous Peoples Day

We each must take action in our unions and communities to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.