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The OFL is proud to be joined in partnership by American Income Life (AIL) Canada in calling for applications for the annual OFL/AIL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarships.
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Toronto-area janitors ratify new deal

Janitors packed into a downtown Toronto hotel on Saturday to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. The cleaners are seeing the most significant raises since they started working in the janitorial industry. In addition, workers were able to improve their health and dental benefits plan, improve job security, and for the first time, will be able to bank paid personal days which can now be used for absences due to illness.
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STEWARDS TRAINING 2016 (Central Ontario)

Seating (front row) left to right: Denise Graham, Carl Haley, Bobbi-Jo Huggins, Danny Huggins, Michelle Ethier, Jennifer Franklin, Elizabeth Swithenbank. Standing (back row) left to right: Monica Van Overbeeke, Dale Deming, Yetti Hardman, Penny Chrysler, Monique Skellitter, Olympiu Christian Beian, Matthew De Leon.

Seating (front row) left to right: Denise Graham, Carl Haley, Bobbi-Jo Huggins, Danny Huggins, Michelle Ethier, Jennifer Franklin, Elizabeth Swithenbank.
Standing (back row) left to right: Monica Van Overbeeke, Dale Deming, Yetti Hardman, Penny Chrysler, Monique Skellitter, Olympiu Christian Beian, Matthew De Leon.

On Saturday, April 9th, fourteen Stewards from Hamilton, Toronto, Kitchener, Barrie and Niagara participated in a Local 2 Stewards Training seminar held in Hamilton. It was a full agenda including the history of the Canadian labour movement, how Unions built the middle class in this country and of the important necessity of political action to successfully mobilize Canadian workers in defense of Canada’s shrinking middle class and growing class of working poor.

Stewards were also taught they not only are workplace leaders and internal organizers but that they have a critical role as member educator. Participants unanimously agreed we must necessarily change the current culture regarding many members’ misconception that somehow the Union is someone else (i.e. Steward, Business Agent etc.) or something else (i.e. an “insurance company”) and not themselves. There was vigorous discussion and agreement that it is the member who owns his/her workplace problem but also, that they’re never alone in addressing it. The Steward is there to help members help themselves. To merely pay dues and expect someone or something else to solve your problem will never work because it is the members that are “the Union”.

Participants gained enhanced knowledge of their Collective Agreements and developed practical skills regarding contract administration and grievance processing. It was a busy day with great conversation, shared experiences and a wealth of valuable information. Our newest Stewards took in a lot, discussed a lot and learned a lot!

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