Issue #6 • April 27, 2009
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OPSEU Convention backs LBED
Liquor Board Employees Division asked for the support of the OPSEU Convention
this weekend, the response was a standing ovation. Delegates from across the
province rose to their feet after a speech by LBED bargaining chair Vanda
Board members are really happy and frequently amazed at how bargaining has
worked under OPSEU,” Klumper told more than 1,500 delegates and other attendees.
a democratically-elected bargaining team.
bargaining demands that were democratically debated and voted on by our members.
direct and open communication between our members and the bargaining team, and
excellent professional staff who are actively supporting us.
are well aware of the support we’ve received from our Executive Board Members.
“Unfortunately we are bargaining with an employer that does not realize just how
much has changed,” Klumper said. “Despite its enormous profits, the LCBO is
determined to destroy good permanent jobs with benefits and replace them with
temporary, casual, throwaway jobs with low wages, no benefits, no job security,
and no way to support a family, purchase a home, or live a decent life.
members are determined to make things better, not just for themselves, not just
for their families, but for their communities and the entire province of
President Warren (Smokey) Thomas was emphatic about the union’s support for LBED
members as bargaining moves ahead.
said many times before that whatever our members in LBED need to make this round
a success, you’ll have it,” Thomas said. “The Executive Board supports you,
Convention supports you, and all 120,000 members of OPSEU support you.”
Conciliator meets bargaining
teams April 28
April 28 will be the first day of bargaining between OPSEU and the LCBO where
the parties are assisted by a conciliator. The Ontario Ministry of Labour
appointed Jackie McVeigh, an experienced senior conciliator, after OPSEU
requested assistance on April 2.
applied for conciliation because we believe that an experienced neutral third
party can help move bargaining in a positive direction,” said OPSEU Senior
Negotiator Rob Field. “We are hopeful that the assistance of Ms. McVeigh will
make a difference as we go forward.”
Convention endorses LBED community campaign
members from every part of Ontario are joining hands with their friends,
neighbours, and family members to support the Liquor Board Employees Division at
the bargaining table.
went home from OPSEU Convention on Saturday with tens of thousands of “Booze
Bucks” to hand out when they get home. The idea is that LCBO customers will hand
in the (very beautiful) Booze Bucks to LCBO staff when making a purchase.
message on the bucks is simple: “I support Liquor Board employees in their fight
for good jobs in our community.”
Work in retail? Here’s what to
do if a customer hands you a Booze Buck
customer hands you a Booze Buck to show their support, be creative. Collect them
in a jar beside the cash register. Pin them up on your OPSEU bulletin
board. Collect them and hand them to your manager at the end of your shift.
and more Booze Bucks begin to come in, make sure your employer knows how much
the community supports our members, the great work we do, and our campaign to
protect our local economies and fight for good local jobs.
Delegates stampede to get LBED campaign buttons
campaign button for this round of LBED bargaining was a smash hit at the OPSEU
Convention April 23-25. Delegates from every sector of OPSEU put them on,
grabbed handfuls to take back to their locals, and asked to have bags full
shipped to them.
Makela, LBED mobilizer for OPSEU Region 7, pinned 150 of the buttons to the back
of her clothes and went on a tour of hospitality suites on Friday night.
successful in being de-pinned in a total of about 15 minutes,” Makela said.
Buttons are available through
your OPSEU mobilizers and are also being shipped to OPSEU regional offices
Meet your mobilizers!
OPSEU mobilizers are your co-workers at the LCBO. They’re the
direct link between you and your bargaining team. The following people are
assigned as mobilizers in the OPSEU locals indicated.
Guy Jeremschuck: Local 162
Dave Holmes: Local 163
Mike Robertson: Local 164
Mike Sullivan: Local 165
Bonnie Jolley: Local 284
Paula Sossi: Local 285
Deb Altoft: Local 286
Shawn Swayze: Local 287
Matt Savelli: Local 287
Frank Gullace: Local 288
Maria Bauer: Locals 375, 376
Doug Parks: Locals 377, 378
Eileen Allen: Local 379
Terri Taylor: Locals 497, 498
Devon Ford: Locals 499, 4100
Kevin Ramsay: Locals 5107, 5110
Roberto Ianni: Locals 5108, 5111
Craig Hadley: Locals 5109, 5110,
Mellisa Jackson: All Locals in
OPSEU Region 6
Anne Makela: All Locals in Region
Your bargaining team
The OPSEU bargaining team for the Liquor
Board Employees Division consists of seven members:
Vanda Klumper, Chair, OPSEU Local
Denise Davis, Vice-Chair, Local
Dora Robinson, Local 376
Tracy Vyfschaft, Local 377
Lori Davis, Local 499 firstname.lastname@example.org
Colleen MacLeod, Local 5107
Laurie Miller, Local 682
The bargaining team is assisted by
OPSEU Senior Negotiator Rob Field, Senior Researcher Joyce Hansen, and other
As negotiations pick up speed, make
it your priority to stay on top of bargaining news.
1. Attend upcoming bargaining
information meetings (see listing on the OPSEU web site at
2. Receive this bargaining bulletin
(and our regular newsletter, the Echo) directly by e-mail. Just call OPSEUdirect
at 1-800-268-7376 or (416) 443-8888 and give the operator your name and e-mail
3. Bookmark the address at
www.opseu.org/lbed/collective.htm on the OPSEU website to learn more
about what’s happening inside the Liquor Board Employees Division.
EAP Hotline: 1-800-263-1401
The LCBO Employee Assistance Program
is a confidential, hassle-free counseling service for eligible LCBO employees
and their immediate families. For assistance, call 1-800-263-1401. To find out
more about the program, visit:
Your 2009 Bargaining Bulletin is
authorized for distribution by:
Vanda Klumper, Chair,
Liquor Board Employees Division
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President,
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
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