New labour minister is working on his relationship with unions - 2019-09-02
Once a proponent of right-to-work laws who blamed unions for holding back job creation, Ontario's new labour minister is promising "no surprises" for union members during his tenure in Premier Doug Ford's government.
Monte McNaughton spent the summer meeting with more than 100 union leaders across the province. He even took Warren (Smokey) Thomas, the outspoken leader of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, to one of his favourite haunts for lunch.
"The number one thing labour leaders have told me in the first few weeks on the job is they don't want any surprises," McNaughton said in an interview to coincide with Labour Day.