Tim Hudak scraps right-to-work proposals

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak holds a press conference on December 10, 2013. (Craig Robertson/QMI...

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak holds a press conference on December 10, 2013. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard and Antonella Artuso, Queen’s Park Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

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.


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