Paid Sick Days



The Ontario Government adjourned early this week without debating the implementation of paid sick days, while Ontarians are still hard at work trying to keep our communities healthy and safe.

Join your local rapid response network to take action. Sign up here.

In this eblast:

  • Ontario Federation of Labour urges all-party support for MPP Sattler’s “Stay Home If You Are Sick Act” Private Members Bill
  • Order pins and posters for International Women’s Day: March 8, 2021
  • Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy
  • #GetConsent booklet in recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
  • Nominations are open for the 2020 OFL Labour Honour Roll
  • Petition for CP investigation (Train 301) to the Government of Canada
  • Be part of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan
  • Pandemic Resources From Prevention Link
  • Labour Disputes


Ontario Federation of Labour urges all-party support for MPP Sattler’s “Stay Home If You Are Sick Act”

Paid sick days are essential for protecting workers and our communities. Before the legislature adjourned this week, the Ontario Federation of Labor released a statement in support of Peggy Sattler’s “Stay Home If You Are Sick Act.”

Read the full statement here.

Order pins and posters for International Women’s Day: March 8, 2021

The OFL’s March 8 Project supports women’s organizations across Ontario in their work to rise, resist, and organize for equality.

In it’s 11th year, this year’s theme is “Sheros Persist,” in honour of the many women on the frontlines. Support this project by ordering pins and posters. Learn more and order your pins and posters here.

Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy

COVID-19 has forced millions of Ontarians across the province to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. As such, there has also been an alarming uptick in domestic violence incidents across Ontario. We must eradicate domestic violence. Learn how and sign the petition urging the Government of Ontario to develop a Provincial Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy.

Sign the petition urging the Government of Ontario to adopt MPP Andrew’s Motion 89.

#GetConsent booklet in recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

The OFL is pleased to launch its #GetConsent booklet in recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The 16 Days are an opportunity to unite with partners around the world and reflect on what we can each do in our own communities and in our own lives to eliminate the disproportionate violence faced by women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals. The #GetConsent booklet aims to educate and remind us about our role in creating a culture of consent, in sexual and non-sexual situations.

The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign that runs annually from November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10 (World Human Rights Day).

Download #GetConsent materials here.

Nominations are open for the 2020 OFL Labour Honour Roll

We are calling on OFL affiliates to submit nominations for this year’s OFL Labour Honour Roll. To be considered eligible, nominees must be former OFL members and trade union activists who are now retired or deceased. We welcome all nominations, but affiliates are encouraged to consider nominating individuals who reflect, promote and defend the diversity of our movement and who will be inspiring role models for generations to come.
All nominations must be submitted by an affiliate of the OFL. They must include a name and short biography for each nominee, as well as a letter explaining the significance of the nominee’s contributions to the broader labour movement. Nominees who were not selected in previous years may be resubmitted for consideration in subsequent years.

Please submit nominations to Judy Chow at [email protected], or by mail, 202-15 Gervais Drive, Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, December 18, 2020, no later than 4 p.m.

Petition for CP investigation (Train 301) to the Government of Canada

Don Ashley, National Legislative Director, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), is requesting your assistance on an initiative he has been working on with the help and support of Niki Ashton, NDP MP for Churchill—Keewatinook Aski, Manitoba.

You may recall on February 4, 2019, a CP train ran away down the side of mountain near Field B.C. Three TCRC members perished in this tragic accident and we, including their families, still have no answers. The incident was investigated by CP’s private police force. Regardless whether there is negligence or not this is wrong on so many levels. We have been actively trying to get an independent RCMP investigation into this incident to get answers and closure for the families.

For more information and to sign the petition, please go here.

Be part of the LGBTQ2 Action Plan

The Government of Canada recently announced the launch of an LGBTQ2 survey, as a first step towards a federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan. This survey aims to better understand the daily realities and experiences of LGBTQ2 people in Canada in areas such as employment, health care, housing and homelessness, and safety.

To learn more about how you can participate in the anonymous survey by February 28, 2021, go here

Pandemic Resources From Prevention Link

Prevention Link has developed a batch of videos made for worker’s and representatives facing the COVID-19 pandemic. For those needing more information on filing a WSIB claim for COVID-19, attending a WSIAT video or audio hearing from home, knowing your rights at the workplace, and most importantly knowing your rights under Human Rights as it relates to COVID, take a look at our video library!

We have also developed handy factsheets on COVID-19, find them here!

Labour Disputes

Visit the OFL’s Labour Dispute Registry to stay updated and take action to support striking workers.

Right now, learn why workers at SEIU Local 2 are on strike and click here to help.


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Fixing Long Term Care

It’s the final week to push for health care changes



MPs are going to be heading back to their ridings this week but we need them to act before then. We can’t rest yet.  


I’m motivated because this is the final week to make ourselves heard before the house rises.


Across Canada, long-term care facilities are reaching their breaking points.


Grey Bruce is no exception. It isn’t right. The government needs to fix this now. Help put pressure on decision-makers so workers keeping seniors safe get more support.


Parliament rises at the end of this week. Email your MP today and demand action now before they head back home for the break.


Thanks for all you do,

Standing up for workers and their families

$15 Minimum Wage

Subject: I’ve got a favour to ask, We’re halfway there, can you help us out? It’s time for a $15 minimum wage



Yesterday’s economic update failed to include a $15 minimum wage. The government may be taking action before the holiday break. That means we only have a small window to act.


The goal is to flood MPs and the Prime Minister with 2,500 emails demanding a $15 minimum wage. We’re already more than halfway there!


Can I count on you today?


We’re coming close to almost a year with COVID-19 changing how we do things. It’s been a tough one. But now we need to focus on the folks who have been getting us through this – many of whom make less than $15 an hour.


These are workers who are covering shifts when coworkers need to stay home. They are workers who had to do more with less because of public health restrictions. They are workers who show up to work with a smile behind their mask, ready to support you and your family.


Let’s show up for them and demand the implementation of a $15 minimum wage today.


Thanks for all you do,


Standing up for workers and their families




Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls

Subject: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, November 25

With November 25th being the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, followed by 16 Day of Action, we know that Canada needs an Action Plan to systemically address the multifaceted ways women experience violence in Canada.

 The CLC is hosting a webinar today on just that – join us for the conversation and then to take action.

 Topic: Calling for a National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence

Time: Wednesday, November 25, from 4:00 p.m.- 5:00p.m. EST

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 We know that one major way that we can help women in having the means to access choice and autonomy is through increasing her wage. Women workers from across the country need your help. Join with the thousands from coast to coast who have already sent a message to the government demanding a $15 minimum wage.

We need to ensure our Member of Parliament and the Prime Minister to hear from people here in [REGION]. Let’s make workers’ priorities impossible to ignore in Ottawa.

 Join the call right now, and demand that the federal government:

  • Immediately implements their promised $15 an hour minimum wage; and
  • Coordinates with provinces and territories to ensure workers in all jurisdictions earn a living wage.


We can get this done.


Healthcare Survey

Grey-Bruce health-care groups seek public input on health-care system

By: Liz DadsonNovember 8, Nov, 2020

Health-care organizations across Grey and Bruce counties are reaching out to patients, residents, clients and caregivers to solicit feedback on the local health-care system.

As part of the development process to create an Ontario Health Team (OHT) in Grey-Bruce, a survey has been released to hear from the people who are using the health system, states a press release from the Kincardine Family Health Team and the Hanover and District Hospital, issued Friday.

The structure of the Ontario health system is changing, following the government introduction of new legislation in 2019 that will see the creation of OHTs. These would replace the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to streamline and integrate services of health-care providers in a defined geographic region, and ensure these providers work together to better support patients, clients, residents and caregivers where and when they need it.

This change is intended to ensure all care, including primary care, hospital services, mental health and addiction services, long-term care and home and community care, will be easily accessible with seamless transitions between health-care providers.

In Grey-Bruce, a planning committee has been established to guide the development of an OHT in the region. The committee is now engaging key stakeholders to solicit feedback on the local health-care system.

A key part of this engagement is to better understand the experiences of patients, clients, residents and caregivers when accessing health-care services in Grey-Bruce. This information will be used to help inform the design and implementation of a local health-care system that will meet the needs of our communities.

The Grey-Bruce OHT planning committee is encouraging all patients, clients, residents and caregivers to participate in this survey which can be accessed by connecting to the following link

The committee is also looking for patients, clients, residents and caregivers to participate in future work of the Grey Bruce OHT. More information can be found at

Join Our Action Week

Join Our Action Week

In Canada, we’ve weathered the pandemic by sticking together and supporting each other. Let’s take what we learned from the pandemic and prepare for Canada’s future. We need to make sure decision makers will invest in a recovery that benefits everyone.

Set up a meeting with your MP on the week of November 2 to 6, to push for a recovery plan that puts people first.

Grab a virtual cup of coffee with your MP. Tell them we need to replace lost jobs with better ones, strengthen public health care and improve our social safety net. 

We need to be heard, now more than ever. Meeting with our MPs ensures that we are part of the conversation to influence government plans to rebuild the economy.

CLC National Survey on Workplace Violence and Harassment



Members of CLC Canadian Council 


Labour Council Presidents 

The CLC is excited to announce a new national survey on workplace violence and harassment.

The survey, which is being conducted with researchers at Western University and the University of Toronto, is the first ever survey on violence and sexual harassment in the workplace with a national reach in Canada.
It will launch online on October 21.
We need all workers to fill it out—workers of every gender, whether or not they have experienced or witnessed workplace violence or harassment. This is how we will get a clearer picture of workers’ experiences in workplaces across the country.
Like with the groundbreaking Domestic Violence at Work project, the results of this research will inform policy and education initiatives on workplace violence and sexual harassment.
We are counting on all affiliates, federations and labour councils to help spread the word, and encourage your members to participate. Below, you will find links to the following downloadable files:
1) Template emails for locals and members
2) Social media shareables
We will continue to develop promotional tools throughout the 6-month survey period.
The survey is open to workers 18 years of age or older. It takes approximately 10 to 30 minutes to complete. All respondents will remain anonymous.
The survey will be online here. Please share it with your members on all the platforms you use to communicate with them.
For any questions, please contact our Human Rights Department at
[email protected].
In solidarity,

Hassan Yussuff                     

Marie Clarke Walker



CLC Women’s Advisory Committee 


CLC Health and Safety Advisory Committee 

Link: Official Letter

Destinataires :    

Membres du Conseil canadien du CTC 


Présidentes et présidents des conseils du travail 

Le CTC est heureux d’annoncer un nouveau sondage national sur la violence et le harcèlement au travail.
L’enquête, qui est menée par des enquêteuses de l’Université Western et de l’Université de Toronto, est la toute première sur la violence et le harcèlement sexuel au travail à l’échelle nationale au Canada.
Le sondage sera lancé en ligne le 21 octobre.
Nous avons besoin que toutes les travailleuses et tous les travailleurs le remplissent – de tous les sexes, qu’ils aient ou non été victimes de violence ou de harcèlement au travail. Ainsi, nous aurons un meilleur portrait de l’expérience des travailleuses et des travailleurs dans les milieux de travail partout au pays.
À l’instar du projet novateur sur la violence familiale au travail, les résultats de cette enquête permettront d’élaborer des initiatives en matière de politiques et d’éducation sur la violence et le harcèlement sexuel au travail.
Nous comptons sur tous les affiliés, fédérations et conseils du travail pour nous aider à faire passer le mot et encourager vos membres à y participer. Vous trouverez ci-dessous les liens vers les fichiers téléchargeables suivants :
1) modèles de courriels pour les sections locales et les membres;
2) contenu à partager sur les médias sociaux.
Nous continuerons de développer des outils promotionnels tout au long de la période de six mois du sondage.
Les personnes âgées de 18 ans ou plus peuvent participer au sondage. Il faut entre 10 et 30 minutes pour remplir le sondage. Tous les participants et participantes resteront anonymes.
Le sondage sera en ligne ici. Veuillez le partager avec vos membres sur toutes les plates-formes que vous utilisez pour communiquer avec eux.
Pour toute question, veuillez communiquer avec notre Service des droits de la personne à [email protected].
Veuillez accepter l’expression de ma solidarité.

Le président,
Hassan Yussuff                     

La secrétaire-trésorière,
Marie Clarke Walker  


c. c.    

Comité consultatif de la condition féminine du CTC 


Comité consultatif de la santé et de la sécurité du CTC 

Lien: lettre officielle

Lobby Days

Subject: Action Week is coming – make an appointment with your MP today.

We know the second wave of COVID-19 signals more risk to seniors in long-term care. It will put more pressure on our health care system and intensifies our jobs crisis.

Pharmaceutical companies, private healthcare providers and insurance companies hire teams of high paid lobbyist to meet with Members of Parliament to call for low-wage, private sector, profit-driven solutions to the issues the pandemic has exposed.   

We need Members of Parliament to meet with regular working Canadians, like you and I, to understand how the pandemic has impacted our members, our families and our community.  Please join the thousands of people who are setting up a virtual meeting with their Members of Parliament the week of November 2nd to 6th.

Action Week is your chance to make sure Canada moves forward with a plan that’s rooted in our way of doing things -- on health care, on jobs and in how we care for each other.


Thank you for signing up - we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Your voice matters and deserves to be heard. Make Ottawa listen. Call your MP to book a meeting today.

Frontline Workers

Front line Workers


Subject: Let’s recognize front line workers!

During the pandemic, we have all come to realize the importance of frontline workers.  These workers served in healthcare, made sure people could get groceries and kept public transit going.

How have you and your family recognized front line workers?  How has your community celebrated front line workers?  Let us know here.

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Do you know a frontline worker who should be recognized?  Tell us about them here:

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