TORONTO — Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak backed away from his controversial right-to-work proposals Friday in a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade.
“This right-to-work issue just doesn’t have the scope or the power to fix the issues that are threatening 100% of the manufacturing jobs in Ontario,” Hudak said. “So if we’re elected, we’re not going to do it — we’re not going to change the so-called Rand Formula.
“Our agenda is a lot bigger, and a lot more ambitious, than that.”
The Ontario PCs released a discussion paper in June 2012 that called for “worker choice reforms” that would have prohibited clauses in provincial legislation, regulations or collective agreements that require an employee to join a union and pay dues as a condition of employment.
Hudak’s proposed labour reforms would have outlawed mandatory union membership and dues, killing the Rand Formula which requires that a worker who benefits from a collective agreement pay dues.