Issue #3 • March 25, 2009
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Members on board for
March 23 action shows big support for team
A province-wide event held March 23 to show support for the
OPSEU bargaining team at the LCBO was an overwhelming success. OPSEU members
from north, south, east, and west proudly wore stickers proclaiming, “We’re all
in the same boat!”
The level of support impressed the OPSEU mobilizers who had been
promoting the day.
“I went to 25 stores, and of those 25 stores, I only had one not
wearing the stickers,” said Kevin Ramsay, a mobilizer in Toronto. “That was
because they didn’t have the stickers. When I arrived with the stickers, they
happily put them on.”
“People are getting excited,” said Eileen Allen, mobilizer for
OPSEU Local 379, which stretches from Lindsay to Cobourg to Algonquin Park.
“They’re just waiting for the next bulletin to come out.”
Mike Sullivan, mobilizer for Local 165, said takeaways the LCBO
put on the bargaining table have angered a lot of staff. “Let’s just say members
were pleased to share their feelings with me about what was tabled,” he said.
OPSEU and the LCBO returned to the bargaining table March 23 and
will continue to talk through the week.
“I know members have a lot of questions about what’s happening
at the bargaining table, the bargaining schedule, and so on, “says OPSEU
bargaining team chair Vanda Klumper. “While obviously we want to be prepared for
what might happen down the road, right now our main focus is on getting into
constructive dialogue with the employer.
“For now we think it’s best to let things unfold at the table,
so people shouldn’t be expecting any urgent news just yet,” she said. “At this
stage, the team is just asking members to get informed, to help their co-workers
get informed, and to show their support in every way possible.
“We will update the OPSEU website regularly as things progress,”
she said. “Just remember, if you’re hearing something through the rumour mill
and it’s not on our website, you can be sure it’s only a rumour.”
The OPSEU bargaining team for the Liquor Board Employees
Division first met with LCBO representatives on March 9-10 and returned to the
table March 23. Bargaining is currently scheduled for March 23-26, April 1-2,
April 6-9, April 14-16, April 27-May 1, and May 4-8.
More dates will be scheduled if necessary.
OPSEU photographers snapped hundreds of pictures on March 23.
For a complete collection from locations across Ontario, check out our Photo
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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