Now , in an organization of this size , representing thousands of workers across Ontario , one can hardly put all the blame on a single individual . Yes , he is the president , but we are living in different times , these are not the glory days of the 70's ....these are tough times . Some large Unions have departed ways with the Federation ( OPSEU , ONA , SIEU ) which has resulted in a reduction of revenue . The labour movement is facing more issues than ever , so it only stands to reason that eventually finances will be exhausted . To me this is a clear case of expenditures outweighing revenue .
Sure there may have been some frivolous spending or money that could have been used better elsewhere , we'll never know . What you can be assured of is , the new board to be elected will certainly be under the scrutiny of many . For a ship to sail , you must have someone that has the ability to steer one .
Here is a summary of day one at the OFL.
The 2015 OFL Convention kicked off this morning with an inspiring music video, featuring original music written and performed by Toronto’s Mohammad Ali, aka Socialist Hip Hop. The title track was written around the convention theme and calls on labour and community activists to demand the change we need and fight for the Ontario We Want. The full convention video clocked in at 20 minutes and provided a powerful account of Ontario’s reinvigorated labour movement. Stay tuned to Facebook and YouTube for daily releases of the full video … in 5 parts.
Sid Ryan delivers a heartfelt final convention address
Out-going OFL President Sid Ryan marked his final convention address with a bold call for “labour to get its mojo back” that was characteristic of his firebrand leadership in Ontario’s labour movement. However, Sid proved that he is still capable of a few surprises, when his address took a heartfelt turn, reflecting on emotional touchstones as he acknowledged that “Ontario’s labour movement has some healing to do.” The speech reminded delegates of the historic opportunity to redraft Ontario’s labour laws so that every job is a pathway out of poverty.
For a fulsome account of Sid’s remarks, check out the Monday Report that will be delivered to delegates in the Grand Ballroom first thing tomorrow morning.
OFL Officer Candidates to Address Convention on Tuesday
As the first order of business, Convention delegates resolved to make room on the busy convention agenda for candidate speeches immediately before tomorrow’s vote on the new OFL officers. Nominations open at 10:15 am, Nov. 24. Delegates should arrive early because it will be a packed hall.
Priorities for Monday, November 23, 2015
Workers Rights Campaign, Fight Back Against Austerity, Minimum Wage/Living Wage
Human Rights Resolutions
Equity Focused Action Plan Solidarity and Pride, Racial Profiling, Motivated by Homophobia and Transphobia, Black Lives Matter, Workers of Colour, Protect Minority Rights, Protection from Normalizing Surgery to a Child's Reproductive Organs
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One side note , I was nominated and elected ( uncontested ) to hold the seat of VP of smaller affiliates for the Ontario Federation of Labour. More on this at another time .
Visit my blog tomorrow for more updates .