OFL Best of 2016

2016 was a banner year for the Ontario Federation of Labour ! With a new leadership team, new and senior staff, increased engagement of labour councils, unions and activists across Ontario, we’ve been able to do a lot.   Continue reading

Full house for Brampton and Mississauga Assembly for Decent Work

There was a full house at the Gore Meadows Community Centre for the Brampton and Mississauga Assembly for Decent Work, a workshop on lobbying MPPs for fair employment laws. Former federal MP Olivia Chow led over 200 participants, teaching them the skills needed to successfully lobby their MPPs. Workshop participants practiced telling their stories to illustrate the changes that are needed for Ontario’s employment and labour law to support Ontario workers. Continue reading

OFL submission to the Changing Workplaces Review

Letter from OFL Officers to the Changing Workplaces Review:   Dear C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray, On behalf of our 54 affiliates, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) commends both of you for the 2016 Changing Workplaces Review: Special Advisors’ Interim Report.   Continue reading

Saturday: Workers stories to be highlighted as thousands rally for fair employment standards

Sept 30, 2016 (TORONTO, ON) ─ This Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Queen’s Park, there will be a rally mobilized by the Labour movement and its community partners. Precarious workers will share their stories to underscore the need for changes in the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. The Rally for Decent Work coincides with the Changing Workplaces Review, which will make recommendations for updating Ontario’s long-outdated employment laws. The Rally for Decent Work will call on the government to use its Changing Workplaces Review to address the steep rise in precarious work across Ontario, and adapt our laws to protect workers who are trapped in jobs that are low-wage, part-time, contract, or temporary. Continue reading

Urgent Appeal from Ontario’s Labour Leaders – October 1st rally for Decent Work

Greetings! We’re writing to you to make an urgent appeal to attend the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park on October 1st at 1:00 p.m. Thousands of workers and community members will come together to demand decent jobs for all Ontarians, a fairer economy and a better province. You have the opportunity to join the growing movement for decent work for all. Continue reading

Get on the free bus to the rally!

Join the movement for decent work and take part in the mass rally at Queen’s Park on October 1st. If you want to attend the rally, but don’t have a ride into town, get on a free bus leaving from a location near you. There are dozens of buses leaving from across Ontario to bring community and labour activists just like you to Queen’s Park.  Continue reading

Government Must Prioritize Ontario Workers

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is pleased that in today's Throne Speech the Government of Ontario has committed to creating childcare spaces, recommitted to its Indigenous Health Action Plan, offered a hydro rebate for people across Ontario, and promised to create more good jobs for Ontarians. However, any job creation strategy must take on the recent, steep increase in precarious jobs: work that is contract, part-time, or low-waged work. Continue reading

OFL Calls for Justice and Safe Working Conditions for All Temp Agency Workers

The OFL sends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the young woman killed when a conveyor belt caught her clothing on September 2, 2016 at Fiera Foods, in Toronto’s West End. She was sent to work at the Fiera plant by a temp agency and had been on the job less than three weeks when she was killed. It is not the first time a temp agency worker has been killed at a Fiera Foods operation. Continue reading

OFL Rallies with CUPW for Pensions, Pay Equity and Fairness

It is time for Prime Minister Trudeau to get Canada Post to negotiate seriously and the Crown corporation must get onside with the federal government’s objectives to improve pensions, pay equity and the public postal service. Continue reading