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Unions continue to make it easy for Rob Ford to win the PR war

Sid Ryan, the president of the Ontario Federation of Labour, is accusing Mayor Rob Ford of seeking potential scab workers in the event of a January work stoppage. Rumours that the city will lock out workers have intensified in recent weeks, and it looks like things might get ugly. According to the Toronto Star, at an OFL convention Ryan offered this: “Are you prepared to come down to city hall and get your arms around it and start that conversation?” We already noted that this kind of sabre rattling plays to Ford’s advantage. The 2009 municipal workers’ strike is still fresh in the city’s collective conscious, and talk of encircling city hall isn’t likely to help labour’s cause in the early stages of the public relations battle. Read the entire story [Toronto Star] »

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