Join us in welcoming NDP MPP and Labour Critic Cindy Forster to the convention hall this morning. Cindy and her colleagues in caucus have joined the OFL's convention rallies this week on the Fight for $15 and Fairness and Justice for Injured Workers. She has made time in her schedule today to address delegates on behalf of her party.
Watch and Share the Final Part of the OFL Convention Video; the Full Video is Also Online
Over the past 6 years, the OFL has put tens of thousands of workers on the streets in defence of workers’ rights and social programs. Now it is time to move from defending what we have to demanding the Ontario We Want. Watch Part 5 of the OFL Convention Video to see features on the “Mobilizing the Grass Roots” and “Fighting for the Ontario We Want.”
Watch the full 20 minute version of the Convention video for a powerful account of Ontario’s reinvigorated labour movement.
Young Worker Panel Called for End to Precarious Work
The OFL Young Workers’ Committee dedicated their forum time to what, in many ways, was the defining panel of the Convention. With Ontario’s first labour law review in 20 years currently underway, the top priority of the labour movement must be to demand radical change to the basic rights of workers and their ability to join a union.
Deena Ladd from the Workers’ Action Centre called on union members to champion the rights of every worker by fighting, not just for changes to the Labour Relations Actbut, to improve the province’s Employment Standards Act.
“With union density at less than 30 percent, unionized workers are surrounded by workers who have almost zero benefits,” Sister Ladd told delegates. “That means that the downward pressure on wages exerted by low-wage workers is stronger than the pressure from unions members to pull them up. The only way to fix the system is by lifting the floor for every worker.”
Thursday’s Daily Convention Report is Online
Read a full report on Day 4 of the 2015 OFL Convention. It is posted online at:
Delegates Descend on WSIB to Demand Justice for Injured Workers
Hundreds of delegates marched on the office of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) in solidarity with the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG) to demand an end to “experience rating” in all its forms, an end to “deeming” and a compensation system that lifts every injured worker out of poverty.
Incoming OFL President Chris Buckley “We are here to tell the WSIB that there isn’t a crisis in WSIB funding, the only crisis is a system that isn’t charging employers enough to ensure the dignity of injured workers.”
Safety and Solidarity! Prevention and Compensation Top the Agenda for Thursday
The morning agenda was packed with moving real-life stories about workers facing death and injury on the job. However, the theme that ran through the panel and the resolutions discussion that followed was that employers must be forced to make accident prevention and the protection of workers’ lives a top priority. And the WSIB must be transformed into a system that, once again, works for workers ... not employers.
Priorities for Friday, November 27, 2015
Action Plan 2015
The Resolution Committee moves a motion to adopt the Action plan as amended.
As noted, the Action Plan also covers resolutions: #25, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 44, 46, 47, 69,
ER#4 - New Ellis Don Bill, #93 - Support for Child Care Workers, #95 - Stop the Energy East Pipeline (Referred from EB, Requires 2/3), #81 - Revenue Tools
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