Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 14, 2016 17:49 ET

OFL to Join Toronto Rally to Make Ontario's Labour Laws Fair

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 14, 2016) - Unionized workers and non-unionized workers will be standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a united campaign for "$15 and Fairness." It is part of a province-wide day of action for labour law reform that is timed to rally public opinion for fairer labour laws in advance of the first report of the Changing Workplaces Review.

In Toronto, OFL Officers Chris Buckley and Ahmad Gaied will be joining hundreds of workers converging at the Ontario Ministry of Labour for a guerilla ribbon-cutting celebration to rename the "Ministry of Labour" and the "Ministry of Decent Work."

"For over 20 years, Ontario workers and our families have been losing ground because our labour laws are stuck in another era while employers in every sector are making precarious work the new normal in the Ontario workforce," said OFL President Chris Buckley. "We need to fix the law to MAKE IT FAIR for every worker. Today we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make sweeping changes to labour law to raise the minimum wage to $15, lift the standards for every worker and make it easier to join a union."

Who: OFL Officers Chris Buckley and Ahmad Gaied with hundreds of workers

When: Friday, April 15, 2016, from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Where: 400 University Avenue, Toronto

What: Photo and audio opportunity at boisterous outdoor event, featuring live music.

Other events and actions will be taking place the same day in: Barrie, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Mississauga, North Bay, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, Sudbury, Windsor, and even Pearson Airport.

The OFL has joined non-unionized workers, students and community groups to form the "Fight for $15 and Fairness" campaign, in solidarity with a movement for better labour laws that is sweeping North America. For more information on the campaign, visit www.15andFairness.org.

The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Information

  • Joel Duff
    Communications Director
    416-707-0349 (cell)
    jduff@ofl.ca ENG/FRENCH