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CORRECTION - OFL to welcome Jagmeet Singh at Biennial Convention

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/20/17 -- The press release that follows is re-issued to correct the title of New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh. Complete corrected text as follows:Newly elected federal New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh will address delegates at the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) 14th Biennial Convention, November 20-24."We are excited to have the leader of the NDP, on the heels of his monumental first-ballot election victory, join us at the convention," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "OFL delegates know that our political engagemen ...

20.11.2017

President of Canadian Labour Congress to address Ontario Federation of Labour Delegates

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/20/17 -- Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress will address the delegates of the Ontario Federation of Labour at the 60th anniversary convention in Toronto. Delegates at the 14th Biennial convention are gathering under the banner "Power ON.""The Canadian Labour Congress and the Ontario Federation of Labour are steadfast in their goal of improving the lives of workers in Ontario and beyond," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "The OFL is proud to celebrate this milestone year when workers have pushed so hard to ...

20.11.2017

OFL to welcome Stephen Lewis at Biennial Convention

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/20/17 -- Companion of the Order of Canada, long-time labour mediator, and celebrated humanitarian Stephen Lewis will speak at the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) 14th Biennial Convention, November 20-24. The OFL is celebrating 60 years under the banner "Power ON.""We are delighted to have Mr. Lewis, one of Canada''s most influential commentators on social affairs, international development and human rights, share his knowledge with our convention delegates," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "I am always inspired by ...

20.11.2017

Media Advisory: OFL to welcome Farrah Khan at Biennial Convention

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/20/17 -- The OFL Convention will hear from nationally recognized advocate and educator on violence against women, Farrah Khan on November 21 at 2:30 p.m., when she addresses delegates at the Ontario Federation of Labour''s (OFL) "Power ON" 14th Biennial Convention, November 20-24."Through social activism, art and education, Ms. Khan continues to be a steadfast voice in the ongoing effort to end gender-based violence," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "We can all learn from her persistent advocacy, as we work together ...

20.11.2017

OFL to hold rally for fairness, unity and justice for all workers

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/20/17 -- The Ontario Federation of Labour will lead a rally to stop hate, build unity and fight for decent work, on November 22, in Toronto.The rally for fairness, unity, and justice is part of the OFL 14th Biennial Convention. Community members are invited to join the rally and march, which will start in front of the Sheraton Centre Hotel in downtown Toronto."You can''t have truly decent work without fairness and equity, and decent work is the foundation of strong, healthy and sustainable Ontario communities", said OFL President Chr ...

20.11.2017

Back-to-work legislation is a violation of constitutional rights, says OFL

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/17/17 -- The Premier''s decision to table back-to-work legislation for striking OPSEU contract faculty undermines the constitutional right of all Ontarians. The right to strike is protected under the Charter."Today''s decision to table back-to-work legislation by the government is wrongheaded," said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. "The government''s action sends a message that employers are more important than working Ontarians and that leaves workers across this province unsure of wheth ...

17.11.2017

Students, staff, faculty call on publicly-funded colleges and universities to distance themselves from Ontario Chamber of Commerce

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/15/17 -- Today, students, staff and faculty on campuses across Ontario will be kicking off a campaign to demand that university and college presidents distance their institutions from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Colleges Ontario and the Council of Ontario Universities are both members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and many institutions are part of locally-based Chambers. The full text of the letter is available here: ."I was surprised to learn that York University is implicated in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce campaign against the $15 m ...

15.11.2017

Ontario government must make workers its priority, says Ontario Federation of Labour

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/14/17 -- The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) encourages the government to further prioritize workers in its 2017 Ontario Fall Economic Statement. Today, it was announced that the corporate income tax rates for small business owners will drop to 3.5 per cent from 4.5 per cent on January 1, 2018 - the same day that the general minimum wage will become $14 per hour before increasing to $15 per hour in 2019."This is not a progressive policy. A reduction in the tax rate will only serve to further entrench income inequality in this province," sai ...

14.11.2017

Media Advisory: With Bill 148 poised to go to third reading, now is the time to make needed amendments, says OFL

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/02/17 -- With Bill 148 poised to go to third reading, Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley will outline needed amendments to Bill 148 at Committee hearings today. He will also speak at a Queen''s Park OPSEU rally for contract faculty who have been on strike for decent work since October 15.Bill 148 will amend the Labour Relations Act and the Employment Standards Act. This is the first review of those laws in over two decades and will set workplace standards in Ontario for all future workers in the province whether they are part ...

02.11.2017

Decent Work and Health Network supports contract faculty during Fair Employment Week

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/26/17 -- October 23 to 27 is the Canadian Association of University Teachers'' (CAUT) Fair Employment Week, held annually to promote public awareness and action on universities'' increasing reliance on non-tenure-track contract faculty. Contract faculty are employed on discontinuous contracts from semester to semester with little to no job stability even after years-sometimes even decades-of employment.The Decent Work and Health Network (DWHN) is an advocacy group of health providers in Ontario. Members of the network are concerned a ...

26.10.2017

Wynne Government''s Hospital Bed Announcement a Temporary Band-Aid But Health Coalition Slams Expanding Health Care Privatization

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/23/17 -- The Ontario Health Coalition congratulated the Health Minister for recognizing the crisis in Ontario''s hospitals and announcing 1,200 new hospital beds today. However, the coalition cautioned that this is only temporary band-aid that will partially alleviate the crisis but not solve it. One-fourth of the hospital money announced today was already announced in the budget and the announced beds are both temporary and too few to meet need. The coalition is disturbed by the government''s plans to continue the crisis in public h ...

23.10.2017

Public Invited to Share Their Stories, Give Input on How to Improve Our Public Hospitals

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/23/17 -- Attn: Assignment EditorThe Ontario Health Coalition wants to collect stories from patients, families, and hospital staff, and organize them to generate a democratic public debate about the changes we need to protect and improve our local public hospital services. The Coalition has spent the last decade fighting hospital cuts and privatization of services, and working with local groups to save local hospitals from closure. These changes to our hospitals have been foisted upon Ontarians without any democratic input. They do not reflect the values ...

23.10.2017

Public Invited to Share Their Stories, Give Input on How to Improve Our Public Hospitals

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/16/17 -- Attn: Assignment EditorThe Ontario Health Coalition wants to collect stories from patients, families, and hospital staff, and organize them to generate a democratic public debate about the changes we need to protect and improve our local public hospital services. The Coalition has spent the last decade fighting hospital cuts and privatization of services, and working with local groups to save local hospitals from closure. These changes to our hospitals have been foisted upon Ontarians without any democratic input. They do not reflect the values ...

16.10.2017

Public Invited to Share Their Stories, Give Input on How to Improve Our Public Hospitals

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/10/17 -- Attn: Assignment EditorThe Ontario Health Coalition wants to collect stories from patients, families, and hospital staff, and organize them to generate a democratic public debate about the changes we need to protect and improve our local public hospital services. The Coalition has spent the last decade fighting hospital cuts and privatization of services, and working with local groups to save local hospitals from closure. These changes to our hospitals have been foisted upon Ontarians without any democratic input. They do not reflect the values ...

10.10.2017

EnerCom to Host 2018 EnerCom Dallas Oil & Gas Investment Conference, Feb. 21-23, 2018

DENVER, CO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/10/17 -- will host its EnerCom Dallas investment conference Feb. 21-23, at the Tower Club Dallas. Investment and oil and gas professionals may register for the event through .Modeled after EnerCom''s The Oil & Gas Conference® in Denver, EnerCom Dallas offers investment professionals a unique opportunity to listen to oil and gas company senior management teams update investors on their operational and financial strategies and learn how the leading energy companies are building value in 2018.The event also provides energy industry professionals a ...

10.10.2017

It''s time for the WSIB to treat workers suffering from mental stress fairly, says OFL

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/06/17 -- As Canadians continue to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is deeply disappointed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board''s (WSIB) policy decision to use "predominate cause" for mental stress claims rather than the "significant contribution" test."This decision appears to be in direct contravention of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and it is time that the Board stops using policy to deny rightful compensation to injured workers suffering from chro ...

06.10.2017

Public Invited to Share Their Stories, Give Input on How to Improve Our Public Hospitals

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/06/17 -- Attn: Assignment EditorThe Ontario Health Coalition wants to collect stories from patients, families, and hospital staff, and organize them to generate a democratic public debate about the changes we need to protect and improve our local public hospital services. The Coalition has spent the last decade fighting hospital cuts and privatization of services, and working with local groups to save local hospitals from closure. These changes to our hospitals have been foisted upon Ontarians without any democratic input. They do not reflect the values ...

06.10.2017

OFL congratulates Jagmeet Singh on his election as leader of the federal NDP

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 10/02/17 -- The Ontario Federation of Labour congratulates Jagmeet Singh on winning the leadership of the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the leadership vote on October 1. As the first person of colour to lead a federal political party, Singh has made history."The first-ballot election of Jagmeet Singh shows he has the party behind him, and the momentum needed to move forward into the next election with a strong progressive vision," said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley.With precarious work on the rise across Canada our country, ...

02.10.2017

Ontario justice system failed the victims of the deadly Radiohead stage collapse, says OFL

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/06/17 -- The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is raising serious concerns over the staying of charges in the deadly stage collapse at the Downsview Radiohead concert."We are shocked and saddened with the decision to stay the charges," said Chris Buckley, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour."Our judicial system failed the family of Scott Johnson, the worker who was killed and the three workers who were injured," added Buckley.A total of 13 charges were laid in 2013 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act following the ...

06.09.2017

Media Advisory: OFL Officers to speak in Toronto, Kingston, and Thunder Bay this Labour Day

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/04/17 -- This Labour Day Ontario Federation of Labour officers will be speaking to workers across the province."Our fight for decent work is province-wide. Workers across Ontario have worked hard for the gains we have made on decent work and we want to take this day to celebrate and to push forward on the amendments that are needed in Bill 148 if workers are to secure the conditions for decent work across Ontario," said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley.OFL officers will be speaking in Toronto, Kingston, and Thunder Bay.Plea ...

04.09.2017


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