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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…


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…


Government of Ontario is violating constitutional rights by using back-to-work legislation, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario government decision to pass back-to-work legislation for striking workers at York University undermines the rights of all Ontarians. The right to strike is protected under the Charter. “These educators were forced onto the picket lines because York University would not fulfill its responsibility to its workers,” said Ontario Federation of…


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 statement on the Toronto van attack

The Ontario Federation of Labour joins with our affiliates, the working people of Ontario, and all Canadians in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of those that perished in the Toronto van attack of April 23, 2018. Our hearts go out to the survivors, colleagues, friends, and families and all those who are affected.…


Workplace posters on rights we won in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

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 After 20 years of woefully outdated labour and employment laws, the Government of Ontario introduced the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act in 2017.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…


Valentine deliveries to more than 200 Tim Hortons on Feb 13 to support Tim Hortons workers

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontarians are delivering Valentines to workers at more than 200 Tim Hortons outlets today; valentines that contain messages of support and additional information about workplace rights. This action comes on the heels of a National Day of Action January 19, which saw rallies at over 50 Tim Hortons locations across Canada. “Valentine’s…


January 29: Vigils for remembrance, one year after the Quebec Mosque massacre

On January 29, 2017, six worshippers were killed during the evening prayer at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City:  Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Many others were injured in the attack. The OFL signed on to an open letter calling on the government to declare Jan 29…


Pay Equity Symposium – Time’s Up on Wage Discrimination: Close the Pay Gap and End Gender Wage Theft.

To download the registration forms click here. Pay Equity Symposium Time’s Up on Wage Discrimination: Close the Pay Gap and End Gender Wage Theft! When: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Where: USW Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto We have long fought for establishing legislative measures to ensure economic justice. The Ontario Pay Equity…


Open letter: OFL demands action on behalf of minimum wage workers from CEO of Tim Hortons’ parent company

(Toronto, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour is demanding action from the parent company of Tim Hortons, on behalf of Tim Hortons workers in an open letter to Restaurant Brands International (RBI) Inc. CEO Daniel Schwartz. The text of the open letter follows: RE: Take Immediate Action to Restore Wages and Benefits to all…


OFL issues warning to bully employers and advises workers to join a union to secure their rights in the workplace

(TORONTO, ON) With reports that employees at various Tim Hortons franchises in Ontario have been informed that they will no longer receive paid breaks and health benefits because of the January 1 increase to a $14.00 minimum wage, the Ontario Federation of Labour is sending a message to those owners: an affront to one worker…