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Jan
16

Women’s March events across Ontario

Please note: this list was last updated on January 16, 2019. Women’s marches are happening across Ontario on January 19, 2019. To find a women’s march in your area see below: Brantford Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 12pm-2pm Harmony Square Brantford, ON For more information, click here. Haldimand-Norfolk Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 11:30am-2:30pm 320…

Jan
11

Message to Doug Ford: Ontarians want strong public health care, not privatization

Any moves by the Ford government to privatize health care in Ontario would be a disaster for this province. Unless our government improves publicly funded and delivered health care, they are condemning Ontarians to painful choices when they are at their most vulnerable. “Doug Ford has consistently undermined protections for Ontarians including the right to…

Jan
5

OFL to Ford Government: Take immediate action to end the practice of carding

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) urges the Doug Ford government to take immediate action on the clear recommendation of Justice Michael Tulloch to put an end to the practice of arbitrary or “random” carding. Justice Tulloch confirmed what community and labour organizations have stated for years. The impacts of arbitrary police carding are felt…

Dec
17

Ford is trampling workers’ rights again with back-to-work legislation, says OFL

Ontarians should be deeply concerned at the speed and the manner with which the Ford government brushes away Charter rights by using back-to-work legislation, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the rights of all Canadians. “Charter rights must be upheld in all cases, they are fundamental to democracy,”…

Dec
12

2018 – The Year in Review

It’s been a busy year that took Ontario workers from the implementation of Bill 148 which brought improvements in workplace and labour laws and a $14 minimum wage, to a hard-fought election campaign and a new PC government that passed Bill 47, repealing the many gains labour and community had won and cancelling the scheduled…

Dec
6

Ford government proposed changes to regulations put Ontarians in danger, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) –  Many of the regulatory changes proposed today in Bill 66 compromise the health and safety of Ontarians, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. “From reclassifying employers so they can avoid hiring well-trained unionized workers for public infrastructure projects to increasing the number of children allowed in home-based daycare facilities Doug Ford is…

Dec
5

Open Letter to Premier Doug Ford on GM Oshawa

Dear Premier Ford, Premier, I write today amidst growing concern in my community. The recent announcement that General Motors plans to close the Oshawa assembly plant in 2019 has hit my community hard.  GM’s decision will have a devastating impact on GM workers, their families, and the city of Oshawa, but will also affect thousands…

Dec
1

Today’s actions in support of CUPW are a message to governments that quash Charter rights, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) stands with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) as concerned community members hold solidarity actions across the province against back-to-work legislation. “Back-to-work legislation is unconstitutional and an attack on our democratic rights. Canadians are rightfully concerned at the speed and ease with which our government has…

Nov
27

OFL condemns federal government use of back-to-work legislation in CUPW strike

(TORONTO, ON) By passing back-to-work legislation to end the strike by CUPW workers seeking fairer and safer working conditions, the federal government has undermined the constitutional rights of all Canadians. “The right to strike is enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. All Canadians should be concerned by the ease with which the government…

Nov
23

Social assistance cuts continue Ford’s attack on vulnerable Ontarians, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – Yesterday’s announcement on changes to Ontario’s social assistance programs are continuing Ford’s attack on Ontario’s most vulnerable, says Ontario Federation of Labour. “Without a strong social safety net that is designed with compassion and inclusivity at its core, the policies outlined by the Ford government will only push people deeper into poverty,”…

Nov
21

Doug Ford fails Ontario workers with the passage of Bill 47, say leaders in the Fight for $15 and Fairness movement, Ontario Federation of Labour, and Workers’ Action Centre

(TORONTO, ON) – With the unconscionable passing of Bill 47, which takes away basic workplace rights from Ontarians, this government has shown again that it is governing for the few, making decisions without sufficient consultation and research that will drive millions of working Ontarians into poverty, say labour and community advocates. “The Ford government is…

Nov
19

Ally is a verb: Trans* and Two-Spirit Allyship

Allyship with Trans* and Two-Spirit folks is essential to creating an inclusive and healthy world. To that end, the OFL has created info sheets on being an ally. You can download them at the links below: Trans* Allyship: Being an Out and Proud Trans* Ally Trans* Allyship: Talking About Pronouns Two-Spirit: Tips for Allyship November…

Nov
19

Letter to Prime Minister re: CUPW Strike Action

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of Canada House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, On behalf of the Ontario Federation of Labour, Canada’s largest provincial federation, and our 54 affiliates, we are calling on your government to initiate the changes needed at Canada Post that will bring about…