The battle of Tim Hudak vs. the province's unions is heating up at the provincial by-election campaigns in Thornhill and Niagara move forward.
The Progressive Conservative leader blasted union bosses at a town hall in Niagara, claiming they don't have to worry about losing their jobs.
Hudak specifically called out Smoky Thomas of OPSEU, who laughed at the thought of his job being secure. Thomas tells Newstalk 1010 he has a leadership review every couple of years.
His union has started selling t-shirts of Hudak, with a quote from the Tory saying: "I really had no talent in life except running my mouth. That's why I got in politics."
Thomas says they're flying off the shelves.
Meantime, at the town hall, the Tory leader also claimed union brass strong-arm members into voting NDP or Liberal but Thomas didn't like the sweeping generalization. He says his union doesn't align itself with a party.
Hudak has been vocal about "right-to-work" legislation, which wouldn't force workers to joining a union. He recently fired a Windsor-area PC candidate for his opposition to it.