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Commission’s reported deficit results must not lead to cuts in public services, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontarians will only suffer if Campbell’s commission of inquiry leads to cuts in – and the privatization of – public services including in health, education, and child care. Although the commission’s report does not recommend cuts to services, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli said today that Ontario is facing a $15-billion deficit that…


Labour Day Events 2018

Labour Day is coming up. This year, we’re sending a message to Doug Ford – hands off workers’ rights! Find your local events and get your placards and download your placards and materials to be ready for the big day! To download materials: Posters, placards, and workers’ rights quiz cards click here. To find your…


Download Labour Day 2018 materials here!

Together, we made significant strides to raise the standard of work across the province. After 20 years of woefully outdated labour and employment laws, the Government of Ontario introduced the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act in 2017. This was a result of many hard-fought struggles and the collective voice of millions demanding immediate action to modernize the Employment Standards Act and…


Push toward privatization of cannabis sales will hurt the people of Ontario, says OFL

(Toronto, ON) – The Ford government’s reported move to privatizing the sale of cannabis can only hurt Ontarians. “Time and time again we have seen profitable publicly-owned businesses put into private hands with negative results. The private sale of cannabis will only reduce the potential revenue government can use to provide services to Ontarians. It…


Resources for incorporating First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming

On National Indigenous Peoples’ Day the Ontario Federation of Labour Aboriginal Circle launched resources for understanding to better enable unions and labour activists to integrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives into planning and programming. You can now access the following tools: ·     An Indigenous Solidarity Guideline; ·     Guidelines for Working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis…


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…


OFL Statement for World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day the Ontario Federation of Labour calls on the governments of Ontario and Canada to speak out to stop the shameful separation of migrant families arriving at U.S borders and re-examine immigration detention policies in Canada, and the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement. “As families are being torn apart at the U.S.…


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…


People of Ontario to rally on June 16 in support of a $15 minimum wage

Download the poster here. (TORONTO, ON) – Thousands of Ontarians are expected to gather for the Decent Work Rally on June 16 to let the incoming government know about the widespread support for a $15 minimum wage and strong labour laws. Co-organized by the Fight for $15 & Fairness campaign and the Ontario Federation of…


We gave voice to millions and will celebrate NDP gains in the 2018 election

The election of a Progressive Conservative majority government has set the path for Ontario’s next four years. As a labour movement, we have our work cut out for us. The Ontario Federation of Labour will continue the fight for fairness and equality, a fight that builds on the gains workers have made in this province.…


Open Letter: Doug Ford must be defeated

If you care for Ontario, your families, and your friends, you must vote for the NDP in the upcoming election. The Labour movement has long fought for the rights of workers, whether they are in a union or not. While Doug Ford says that he stands up for ‘the little guy,’ the experience of workers…


Letter: Ross Romano’s dismissal of workplace injury shows disrespect to all workers

During an all-candidates’ debate last week in Sault Ste.Marie, PC candidate Ross Romano suggested that a workplace injury sustained by NDP candidate Michele McCleave-Kennedy, was not significant because she was injured on the job “by children”. By dismissing Ms. McCleave-Kennedy’s occupational injury, Mr. Romano not only showed his lack of respect for the work of…


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…