OFL Leadership

December 3, 1997


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OFL Leadership
OFL Leadership
dated December 3, 1997

OFL Leadership
The Ontario Federation of Labor Convention was the scene of intense debate. Leadership candidate Paul Forder, of the CAW, stressed the need for fight back action by all workers to protect workers' rights.

Paul Forder
OFL Leadership Candidate




"We have seen the determination among teachers and educational workers and we are right now, today, seeing that same determination among the Maple Leaf food workers and the Postal workers.
Lets be clear, nothing short of this kind of mobilization in action will work against hostile governments and hostile employers. This mobilization must include people of colour, youth, the First Nations people, women, people with disabilities and the gay and lesbian community and smaller local unions."


While Forder fought a good campaign, he fell just short of victory.. He was magnanimous in his recommendation for support of the new OFL president.

Paul Forder
OFL Leadership Candidate




"I want to make the election of Wayne Samuelson as our new OFL President Unanimous.."
"I think the delegates to this convention have a real challenge as we move with a new leadership and into the next millenium. That millenium has to have, in my view, without any degree of uncertainty, a fight back program that will make sure we put Harris and his crew into an early political grave."

Wayne Samuelson, in his acceptance speech, echoed those sentiments.

Wayne Samuelson
New OFL President

I want to say to Mike Harris, we will have a fighting agenda. This labor movement is strong, we are proud, and we will fight. And you know something; Mike Harris might want to take a look in this room. He might learn a little bit about democracy, and he's going to learn about how we need to work together, He is going to see us working together. And maybe he'd going to learn that he just can't walk over us.

Following the election, the OFL delegates turned their attention to the assault on workers rights. The convention endorsed plans to hold a province wide strike in 1998.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference


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