Issue #1 • March 10, 2009
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Bargaining gets under way
Good jobs are what it’s all
After months of preparation,
bargaining is under way between the LCBO and your OPSEU bargaining team.
The first exchange of proposals
between the employer and the union takes place March 9 and 10. A further 13 days
of meetings are scheduled up to May 1. Additional dates may be added if
“This is a big moment for all OPSEU
members at the LCBO, and the team is very excited about the opportunity before
us,” says Vanda Klumper, chair of the OPSEU bargaining team.
“At a time when the economy is in
good jobs are more important than
ever to our families, our communities, and our province. Employers like the LCBO
who have ample resources to provide good jobs need to step up.
“We have a clear mandate from our
members to make serious gains in the next collective agreement,” Klumper says.
“With the support of the members, I know we will succeed.”
While the bargaining team is at the
table, OPSEU mobilizers will be connecting with front-line members to provide
details about the bargaining process and work with members on activities to
support the team. Right now, 20 OPSEU members are working to organize
information sessions to reach every member at the LCBO.
“It is very important that members
understand the nuts and bolts of the bargaining process,” says Klumper. “There
are certain steps to follow and certain things we must do to get where we’re
“The bargaining team is asking all
members to attend these information sessions and pay close attention in the
weeks ahead. Watch the OPSEU web site at
www.opseu.org/lbed.collective.htm , and
if you are not signed up to get our bargaining bulletin, please do so.
“To succeed, we need to have every
member at the bargaining table with us.”
Bargaining between the LCBO and the
OPSEU bargaining team for the Liquor Board Employees Division is scheduled for
the following dates:
• March 9-10
• March 23-26
• April 6-9
• April 27 - May 1
More dates will be scheduled if
This bargaining campaign is coming right to you
Your collective agreement is about
to expire. Your bargaining team is at the table. It might sound like just
another round of negotiations, but it’s not.
It’s 2009, and this is the first
contract LCBO employees will negotiate with OPSEU as our union from start to
finish. Bargaining now is different:
Our union has more staff
support and more resources than before.
Our bargaining team is one we
Our bargaining demands were set
by all of us in a democratic process.
Bargaining is about protecting your
livelihood and getting what you need. What happens at the bargaining table
depends on the support we give our team. Showing your support is not just
important, it’s crucial.
Across the province, 20
“mobilizers” are already at work. They’re your co-workers, and they’ve set up
more than 70 meetings across Ontario to keep you informed and build support for
our team. There’s a meeting soon at a location near you. (For an up-to-date
listing of meetings,
click here) .
How successful we are at the table
depends on you. Get out to one of the meetings for your local, get to know your
mobilizer, and most importantly, when they ask you to show your support for the
team, make sure you do. Our contract is at stake.
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 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 email@example.com
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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