He is taking a gamble that progressive union leaders within his ranks will be forced to come back to him, after distancing themselves from him in the past few weeks.
But his actions and arrogance are exposing the irrelevance of the OFL. Union members are starting to see that the OFL does not speak for them, and it adds no value to the realm of labour, or the Ontario social and political arenas. Progressive leaders within the labour movement realize that they need to be very careful these days if they want to maintain public support. The old ways of union leaders muscling their way around—the way Sid Ryan still operates— don’t work anymore. Those who insist on operating this way, will become increasingly irrelevant.
But it’s not just me who thinks this way. Click on this link to a recent Toronto Star article on Boss Sid.