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Ontario Federation of Labour activating war room to help Olivia Chow

Unclear what resources will be used

Part of the big labour movement that campaigned hard to keep Tim Hudak out of the Premier's office this spring has set its sights on a new political target: Toronto City Hall.

Speaking on Newstalk 1010's Mark Towhey Show Sunday, Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan revealed the group is re-purposing its war room to help elect Olivia Chow mayor.

The OFL, an umbrella group that counts unions like Unifor,  the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) among its affiliates, spent $60, 000 in its anti-Hudak campaign. That does not include any cash spent independently by member unions.

While Ryan has helped run campaigns for 30 odd years, the OFL had never mounted one quite like the push that began even before the June election.

"Before, we didn't have the co-ordination of all of the unions," explains Ryan.  "So this time, we brought them together, hired (research firm) EKOS and were doing daily tracking and polling."

The OFL spent early 2014 preparing literature to fill members in on the threat it believes Hudak represented to workers. A boardroom at the federation's office was set aside as a kind of campaign headquarters, the walls covered with schedules and possible slogans. The OFL eventually settled on "Stop Hudak", a message Ryan took on the road with a 16-stop tour and spread even further with the help of twitter.

After the writ was dropped in the provincial race, OFL had EKOS bringing new stats in every 2-3 days to identify vulnerable areas for the Progressive Conservatives and attack.

Ryan would not say Sunday exactly how the OFL war room will be used to help Olivia Chow or how many dollars would be invested.  But he says on election day they will have "an awful lot" of people helping get out the vote October 27.

After that, the OFL will focus on bringing down the Harper government in next year's federal election set for October 19, 2015.

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  1. Good Conservatives posted on 07/27/2014 10:04 PM
    Good Conservatives with a brains (that excludes Ford Nation followers) should go to the war room to help John Tory get in.
    1. typo posted on 07/27/2014 10:08 PM
      @Good Conservatives typo
      with a brain
  2. Who's best posted on 07/27/2014 10:35 PM
    Who's best for mayor?

    Chow don't know how.
    Ford was horrid.
    John Tory won't make us sorry!

    Vote for moving ahead.
    Vote for John Tory.
  3. Keep Taxes Low posted on 07/27/2014 11:18 PM
    Best outcome: John Tory for Mayor.
    Second-best outcome: Noted crackhead and clown Rob Ford for Mayor.
    Third-best outcome: An inanimate carbon rod for Mayor.
    ...
    ...
    ...
    Second-to-worst outcome: A comic-book villain shrinks the entire city of Toronto and seals it into a glass bottle.
    Worst outcome: Olivia Chow for Mayor.
    1. Ford and Chow posted on 07/28/2014 08:04 AM
      @Keep Taxes Low Ford and Chow are both the worst outcomes but in different ways.
      John Tory is the logical choice of those who think.
  4. john posted on 07/28/2014 11:12 AM
    thay active all the war rooms they want . ford is still going to win this .

    chow chow is NDP thay are day dreamers . and will never get in power .

    David whats hes name ? = hes last name is a sexually position witch is good compared to what he will do the the taxes payer .

    Sara tom son = who came to the party in a horse and confused everybody on who was the horse .

    john tory . who has NEVER won a election .

    Karen stinz = she has no clue what she is doing and never will .
  5. frankie posted on 07/28/2014 11:53 AM
    When is the Federation of Labour going to take up the cause of the part-time worker who deserves the same pay and at least pro-rated benefits if they are doing the same job, have the same responsibilities and the same experience as a full-time workers?

    Part-time workers need to hold these lopsided organizations to account. Where is Olivia Chow on this issue?
  6. Jack posted on 07/28/2014 01:15 PM
    How can an organization actually, literally declare WAR on ordinary people who are just trying to live their lives and not face ANY consequences for it? Surely this is at LEAST grounds for a charge of making threats against the public.

    Then again, this is an organization that already has a license to commit extortion and get away with it whenever the bosses want a pay bump, so I shouldn't be surprised.

    This is why we need groups like Working Canadians: to wipe out behaviour like this, which has no place in an otherwise civilized country.
    1. Working Canadians posted on 07/28/2014 01:27 PM
      @Jack Working Canadians is a business communities tool masked as a grassroots organization of everyday workers.

      Don't you hate all these calculated manufactured lies?
    2. Jack posted on 07/28/2014 01:42 PM
      @Working Canadians What I hate is unions holding their own jobs hostage, screaming "Give us what we want, when we want it, because we want it!"

      What I hate is when we try to teach our kids that bullying and temper tantrums are wrong, only for their teachers to use those exact tactics to extort wage increases the taxpayers can't afford.

      What I hate is that bald-faced extortion is legal as long as the people doing it have the word "union" to hide behind.
    3. Put that up posted on 07/28/2014 02:16 PM
      @Jack Put that up to a mirror and you will see that business does the same thing.
  7. Mike posted on 07/28/2014 02:17 PM
    Mike Duffy will see to Harpers exit all by himself
  8. Frankie posted on 07/28/2014 03:15 PM
    Toronto has a budget of over $ 9 Billion so imagine a mayor in charge that hasn't a clue about running a large organization, hasn't a clue about business, and hasn't a clue about what the private sector is, having been on the public teat most of her life.

    Ford may be embarrassing however they at least have a business. IMO Chow isn't particularly intelligent and would be more of a disaster for Toronto than Ford, and I'm not voting for Ford.

    Chow and some of the other candidates are scraping the bottom of the barrel. So much for Toronto being an world-class city.
  9. JohnLocke posted on 08/21/2014 01:19 PM
    Ontario Federation of Labour - at war with Ontario.

    Union crooks.
  10. JohnLocke posted on 09/04/2014 11:30 AM
    Ontario Federation of FASCISTS activating war room to help Olivia Chow - is more accurate.
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