TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - CLAC applauds the decision by Tim Hudak
to walk away from the anti-union agenda that would have taken Ontario
backward. Hudak made the announcement at a speech to the Toronto Board
of Trade this morning, telling the crowd that he would not be including
controversial policies such as right to work and scrapping the Rand
formula in his election platform.
"Right-to-work policies would have lowered wages and benefits for
Ontario workers without a positive economic benefit," says Hank
Beekhuis, CLAC Ontario director. "After working with PC Labour Critic
Monte McNaughton and Hudak for months, we are pleased that they
understand that the anti-union agenda is not the right path for
Since last fall, CLAC has been meeting with members of the PC Party to
convey the weaknesses of the paths proposed in their white paper Paths to Prosperity, Flexible Labour Markets. CLAC has also brought forward an alternative recommendation to modernize
labour relations. The recommendation supported by CLAC would move
Ontario beyond the current pro-employer or pro-union model and shift us
to a new labour relations paradigm that is more cooperative and
"We need to stop swinging the labour relations pendulum back and forth
and modernize labour relations in a manner that will support the
collective choices of workers while creating a more cooperative and
competitive workforce," says Beekhuis.
Instead of the right-to-work model, CLAC supports labour relations
reforms similar to those in Competition and Cooperation: Small Steps Towards Reforming Canadian
Labour Relations, a paper released by Cardus late last December.
CLAC is an independent Canadian labour union representing over 60,000
workers in a wide range of sectors―construction, healthcare, retail,
service, transportation, manufacturing, and others. Based on principles
that promote the values of respect, dignity, fairness, and integrity,
CLAC's approach to labour relations stresses membership advocacy,
cooperation, and the long term interests of the workplace community.
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For further information:
Hank Beekhuis at 1-800-268-5281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.