Feb 21, 2014
By Michael Kramer
The leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives is backing off on his plan to make Ontario a so-called “right to work” province.
Tim Hudak told the Toronto Board of Trade this morning that he will not campaign on the issue of making union membership and payment of dues optional.
There have been concerns in the PC caucus that Hudak’s anti-labour policy could cost the party the next election.
The right-to-work policy, which U.S. President Barack Obama famously called “the right-to-work for less,” was a key part of a Progressive Conservative policy discussion paper and was approved by party delegates at a convention last fall.
Hudak’s change of heart comes after his party lost the Niagara Falls byelection last week to the New Democrats, who were supported by union activists flooding into the riding – to rally against the policy.