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Mar
15

Ford tracker: PC actions to date

This list was last updated on March 15, 2019.  PC actions to date (highlights): March 2019 Recommended that Ontario school boards implement a hiring freeze Accused of interfering with the OPP (i.e., appointing a close friend and firing a veteran officer) Caused the shutdown of Harmony Movement, which provides diversity, equity, and inclusion education Caused…

Mar
8

This International Women’s Day, let’s demand an end to violence against women

Government must take steps to ensure violence against women and girls ends, says OFL Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates in an op-ed at simcoe.com. Every two-and-a-half days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Statistics show that, overwhelmingly, it is men who are responsible for that killing. Ninety-five per cent of spousal homicide victims…

Feb
27

PC Government’s health care overhaul will jeopardize patient care, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labor (OFL) is sounding the alarm after Ontario’s PC government introduced sweeping health care reform legislation, which they call the “People’s Health Care Act, 2019.” “What is perfectly clear is that large for-profit health care corporations, not the people of Ontario will benefit from the changes this new…

Feb
1

New history series launched for African Liberation and Black History Month: Legacies of Labour and Community Activism

Download the poster The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Canada and the Ontario Federation of Labour are celebrating African Liberation and Black History Month by launching a new series: Legacies of Labour and Community Activism. The Legacies series honours the historical achievements of African Canadians and features the ongoing contributions of activists in the Black community. Generations…

Jan
17

Ford’s Reckless Post-Secondary Education Scheme Will Ensure Only the Rich Can Afford an Education, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour condemns the Ford government for rendering post-secondary education less accessible to low-income students and opposes the direct assault on student democracy. “The OFL stands in solidarity with students across the province. This is an affront to democracy and access to post-secondary education. Education is a right, not…

Jan
17

Power of Many: Women march to say “We are not going back,” and demand equality and justice.

(TORONTO, ON) Women across Ontario are joining the global march for equality on Saturday, January 19, demanding change from the Ontario government. Women march to bring awareness to the changes needed to build a safer, more inclusive Ontario. Women are sending a clear message to policymakers that “We will not go back.” There are more…

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…

Jan
2

As the rich celebrate cancelling decent work laws, resolve to fight for workers’ rights and $15

1.7 million workers lost a $1/hr raise on New Year’s Day. For families across Ontario, that means hardship, working several part-time jobs to make ends meet, and hard choices about their day-to-day lives. New Year’s Day was scheduled to be the day minimum-wage workers in Ontario got a $1/hr raise to $15/hr, until the Ford…

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

March 8 project for 2019. Order the new pins and posters for International Women’s Day!

Greetings: I am writing to invite your union to participate in the ninth year of our exciting March 8th Project developed by the OFL Women’s Committee celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD). This year’s theme is “POWER OF MANY.” Both the pewter pin and poster are a work of art that our members and community partners…

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
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…