Now that the government is sworn in, it's time for Premier Ford to listen to Ontario
workers, says OFL
Toronto, June 29, 2018 - With the swearing-in of Ontario's 42nd government and Premier
Doug Ford's appointment of his cabinet, the need for the advocacy provided by the
Labour movement, on behalf of workers in our province, is clearer than ever.
The OFL represents 54 unions and one million workers and champions the rights of
all working people in Ontario, whether they belong to a union or not. The Federation
advocates for laws and policies that ensure that everyone in Ontario has full access
to their rights in the workplace – including protection of their constitutional
right to join and keep a union, as well as to bargain collectively.
We will continue this advocacy in the coming years and are eager to begin discussions
with the government on how to best safeguard the rights of workers in the province
OFL President Chris Buckley has requested a meeting with Premier Ford in order to
discuss the urgent issues facing workers in this province. In addition, the OFL
is reaching out to newly appointed ministers to request meetings and to ensure they
are aware of workers' priorities and how they intersect with their file.
The OFL calls on this government to ensure the improvements to Ontario's labour
and employment laws, which were intended to create fairer working conditions and
decent wages for the people of Ontario – including the $15 minimum wage – will be
The OFL is also concerned about the proposed amalgamation of many ministries and
government departments. Ontario's public sector must be well funded to deliver the
services Ontarians need. We call on the government to fulfill the promise that no
jobs would be lost during this transition and that the important mandates of all
ministries continue to be fulfilled.
The OFL further calls on the Ontario government to end the public sector hiring
freeze it implemented and to commit to strengthening our public services.
At this time, it is critical that we work together to create conditions that allow
for a caring, inclusive and prosperous society for all Ontarians.