February 24, 2014
ONTARIO Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak backed down from his own economic vision Friday, abandoning the so-called right-to-work idea which would make union membership and payment of dues optional. Hudak thought he was on to something when a Forum Research poll last November showed voters evenly split on right-to-work in the public sector. But he didn’t factor in skittishness in the much larger private sector where any protection of employees against severe corporate cuts is welcome. Unions might not be the force they once were but with factories closing, people losing jobs and families nervous about keeping their homes, Ontarians are in no mood to trample the working rights of anyone not part of the pampered public service — or at least, those parts of it that continue to enjoy gold-plated status that even now is being dismantled by government.