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Apr
27

On the Day of Mourning during COVID-19, demand protections for all workers

On the National Day of Mourning we remember workers killed on the job, or who have suffered occupational injury, illness or disease. This year, the Day of Mourning has a particular resonance as we remember the workers who have recently died of COVID-19, and in the line of duty protecting communities in Nova Scotia.  In…

Apr
27

OFL to Ford Government: For Ontario’s economy to recover safely and prosper, post-COVID-19 plans must include workers and the unions that represent them

During all three phases of reopening Ontario’s economy, the government’s Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee must include the Official Opposition, and consult with workers and the unions that represent them, says the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL).  “Decisions related to economic recovery and a safe return to work in Ontario need to be made in…

Apr
24

OFL welcomes federal government action on retooling GM plant to produce facemasks, and urges the Ontario government to make similar directives to Ontario manufacturers

The OFL is pleased to hear Prime Minister Trudeau’s announcement that the government of Canada has reached an agreement with GM where the company will retool its unused plant in Oshawa for the production of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for Canadian workers. “The GM plant in Oshawa can be a made-in-Oshawa, Ontario, Canada solution…

Apr
1

Posters: Protect all workers now!

Download a poster for your window to let front-line workers know that you thank them, stand in solidarity with them, and are demanding protections that will keep them safe and healthy, as they work to keep us and our communities healthy and safe.

Mar
23

COVID-19 INFORMATION

This page was last updated March 25, 2020 Below is a list of resources on COVID-19. This list includes the OFL response to Ford’s emergency legislation, demands for workers during the pandemic, a fact sheet outlining short-term and long-term actions to avoid the harm that the virus can bring to your health, and an important timeline…

Mar
16

Open letter to Premier Ford: Provide emergency support for all workers and vulnerable Ontarians during COVID-19

SENT VIA EMAIL Hon. Premier Doug Ford Hon. Christine Elliott Hon. Rod Phillips Hon. Monte McNaughton Dr. David Williams Dear Premier, Ministers and Chief Medical Officer of Health: Further to your announcement this morning regarding forthcoming emergency legislation to assist workers and those impacted by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we respectfully request that the Government…

Mar
7

Op-ed: This International Women’s Day, we are mobilizing to defeat Ford

Ontario Conservatives launched their war on women the moment they took office.  March 8 is International Women’s Day. What better time to take a look at the PCs abysmal record on women’s issues? The most recent misogynist attack came Thursday, when the government withdrew $1 million in extra funding for rape crisis centres, money that…

Mar
4

Coalition of Ontario unions files charter challenge to protect free and fair collective bargaining

(le français suit) A coalition of Ontario unions, coordinated by the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), and representing approximately 270,000 employees and over forty different unions, announced today that they have filed a constitutional challenge to Bill 124, the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act.  Bill 124 violates the collective bargaining rights enshrined…

Feb
25

OFL celebrates Foodora couriers’ historic victory

The Ontario Federation of Labour celebrates the ruling of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB), which found that Foodora couriers must be classified as dependent contractors, allowing the couriers to move forward in their bid to unionize, and commends Foodora couriers on their steadfast commitment to winning decent work in the gig economy. “This is…

Feb
13

More than 150 organizations call for Pharmacare Now

We are a diverse coalition of 150 national and provincial organizations representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, business, seniors and patients from coast to coast to coast. In November 2019, over 150 of our organizations signed a joint Pharmacare Now Statement calling on all parties to work together to implement universal, public pharmacare within this government’s mandate. We are now calling on your government to make the financial commitments that are needed in this year’s budget to make this program a reality.

Feb
13

The OFL stands with the Wet’suwet’en Nation and solidarity protests across Canada

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) affirms its solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation, as they steadfastly defend their territories, and with those who are actively supporting Indigenous sovereignty through protests and blockades across Ontario and Canada. The recent arrests of land defenders is yet another shameful example of Canada’s failure to implement…

Jan
24

Ryerson University decision an assault on democracy, says OFL

The Ontario Federation of Labour condemns the ill-conceived and short-sighted decision of Ryerson University to terminate its operating agreement with the Ryerson Students Union (RSU). The RSU has been instrumental in fighting for student autonomy and student-led change on campus for 72 years. “This is an attack on student union autonomy and the right for…