Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

November 22, 2007 14:31 ET

Ontario Federation of Labour Convention - November 26-30, 2007

OFL 50th Anniversary Convention, Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street W, Toronto

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2007) - Over a 1,000 delegates from thousands of workplaces across the province will gather in Toronto for the Ontario Federation of Labour's 50th Anniversary Convention.

Priority issues for the Convention are manufacturing jobs, the right to strike and democracy in unions. In his keynote address to delegates at 10:00 a.m. Monday, President Wayne Samuelson will announce specific actions, based on legal advice, that are being taken by the OFL regarding Non-Compliance of Incontinence Care Policies and Practices in Ontario Long Term Care Homes.

In attendance for the media will be legal counsel Mary Cornish and union leaders.

Convention proceedings are open to the media. A Media Badge and Media Kit will be issued to representatives of the media upon registration. Media tables will be located beside the Convention stage. Reporters are asked to wear their media badges while on the Convention floor. A TV platform will be located near the stage and audio feeds will be available in the Convention Hall at the media tables.

Executive officers of the OFL will be available for interviews both on and off the Convention floor upon request.


Monday, November 26

9:00 a.m.
Aboriginal Opening

9:30 a.m.
Convention Convenes

John Cartwright, President, Toronto & York Region Labour Council

David Miller, Mayor, City of Toronto

Keynote Address:
OFL President Wayne Samuelson
Samuelson addresses the OFL 50th Anniversary Convention to position the Federation's policies and labour's future actions in the debate about massive job losses in the manufacturing and resource sectors and open the debate for the labour movement on the recent Magna deal demanding no strike guarantees from workers as, according to Frank Stronach, "the way forward" for workers.

The policy document, 'The Fight for Jobs' will be debated in the afternoon.

Samuelson will also outline the actions, based on legal advice, that are being taken by the OFL regarding non-compliance care policies and practices in Ontario Long-Term Care Homes.

2:45 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik, The Masai Centre for Local, Regional and Global Health addresses Convention

3:15 p.m.
Policy Debate

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Women's Forum (Civic Ballroom)

Tuesday, November 27

9:30 a.m.
Convention Convenes

9:35 a.m.
Leo Gerard, International President,
United Steelworkers (USW) addresses Convention

10:15 a.m.
Nomination and Election of Officers

2:15 p.m.
Ken Georgetti, President, Canadian Labour Congress addresses Convention

3:00 p.m.
Policy Debate

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Human Rights Forum (Civic Ballroom)

Wednesday, November 28

9:30 a.m.
Convention Convenes

10:00 a.m.
Howard Hampton, Leader, Ontario New Democratic Party addresses Convention

10:45 a.m.
Policy Debate

2:15 p.m.
Speaker: Kiké Roach, Roach Schwartz & Associates
Activist, civil rights lawyer

3:00 p.m.
The Bob Borsch Human Rights Award

3:45 p.m.
Policy Debate
RIGHTS (continued)

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Youth Forum (City Hall Room)

Thursday, November 29

9:30 a.m.
Convention Convenes

10:00 a.m.
Jack Layton, Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada addresses Convention

10:30 a.m.
Policy Debate

12:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Aboriginal Circle and Forum (City Hall Room)

6:00 p.m. onwards
Gala 50th Anniversary Evening
50 Years of Solidarity
Honouring Our Past - Organizing for the Future
Reception, Dinner, Entertainment (Grand Ballroom)

Friday, November 30

9:30 a.m.
Convention Convenes

10:00 a.m.
Nycole Turmel, Past President, Public Service Alliance of Canada addresses Convention

Awards Ceremony OFL Cultural Award, Banner Award, Youth Award

12:00 Noon
Convention adjourns.

Throughout the week of Convention the OFL will be running a cultural program that includes: Jazz interpretations by Kevin Barret and Julie Michels; George Hewison: Singing Five Decades of Struggle; Greg Frankson AKA Ritallin: Creative Rapportage; TC3 Youth Drummers and Dancers; singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark; A Century of Women & Work art exhibit and history; Easy Money, a taste of the play created by Kate Lushington with the Injured Worker Theatre Collective; Less CUT, More ACTION a selection of short films by ACTRA Toronto members; Peter Keleghan, known for his roles on The Newsroom, Made in Canada and the Red Green Show; 25 Years of Theatre, photo display by the Canadian Artists' Equity Association; and Injured Workers: Portraits of Life and Loss, a photo exhibit by the Industrial Accident Victims Group of Ontario with photographer Judy Kondrat.

cope343 /For further information: Irene Harris
OFL Secretary-Treasurer
416.347.0454 (cellular)

Terry Downey
OFL Executive Vice-President
416.578.3230 (cellular)

Dana Boettger
OFL Communications

Contact Information

  • Wayne Samuelson, OFL President
    Primary Phone: 416-571-7408
    Secondary Phone: 416-433-7678
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138