Issue # 1 January 18, 2013
News & Information for OPSEU members of the Liquor Board Employees
Message from Bargaining Team Chair
Good LBED jobs help build strong communities!
Happy New Year’s brothers and sisters and welcome to the
first issue of our 2013 Bargaining Bulletin as we look forward to start
contract negotiations with our employer in a few short weeks.
If the headline on my message – Good LBED jobs help build
strong communities – sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same key message
we used in our last round of bargaining in 2009. There’s a very simple
reason for this: our fight for good jobs with the LCBO is an ongoing
struggle. And the only way we can build good jobs is through our negotiated
contract. It means improved wages and benefits, stronger job security and
improved health and safety standards.
Better wages and benefits, strengthened job security and
upgrades to health and safety in the workplace are the key demands you
brought forward during our demand-setting process in 2012. Your bargaining
team knows your priorities and, as chair of the bargaining team, I pledge we
will produce the results you called for, leading to a stronger contract.
When you boil it right down our good strong jobs message
really means imagining the quality of life you and your families seek; to
ensure your children are provided with opportunities, and the ability to
retire with dignity. That’s what good jobs are all about.
But to deliver those results we must rely on the
demonstrated solidarity from each and every one of you. When negotiators for
management look across the bargaining table they won’t be facing your
seven-member negotiating team but a unified and strong LBED workforce of
In the weeks and months ahead your local leaders will call
on you to attend information meetings and to participate in some public
action to show the employer we stand strong together. For the sake of
building better jobs and for the goal of hammering out a strong contract, I
urge you to heed their call. As we liked to say back in our previous round
of bargaining four years ago: We’re All in the Same Boat!”
Chair, LBED Bargaining Team
On Jan. 7 your bargaining team filed a notice to bargain
with the employer, as required under Ontario labour law. With that in place
the two sides have now scheduled the first series of face-to-face meetings.
They are: Feb. 26-28, Mar. 1 and Mar. 26-28. More dates will be scheduled if
Our current contract with the LCBO expires on Mar. 31, 2013.
Privatization is NOT up for negotiations
Ontario Conservative party leader Tim Hudak – in cahoots
with the Ontario Convenience Stores Association – has been making plenty of
noise recently about allowing beer and wine sales in corner stores. Hudak
has also mused about looking someday at the potential privatization of all
or parts of the LCBO.
All LBED members must be clear on one thing: the current
provincial government under the Liberals has no plans whatsoever to
privatize the LCBO or put beer and wine in corner stores. The NDP also
firmly opposes any move in this direction.
In fact the government is moving in the opposite direction.
On Dec. 31 Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced that the LCBO will be
opening 10 “LCBO Express” stores in major grocery stores over the next 18
months. They will be owned and operated by the LCBO and will be staffed by
unionized OPSEU members in the liquor board division.
This is very good news for us. It will open up more jobs.
It’s consumer friendly. And it ensures we maintain the highest standards of
On top of that, in 2012 the LCBO announced it will be
opening 70 new stores over the next three years across the province and
converting a handful of agency stores to real LCBO outlets. Again this is
great news for us. More jobs. More opportunities.
Ignore Tim Hudak and his wild-eyed ideas about the future of
the LCBO. As usual, he’s on the wrong side of public opinion and always will
Join the Jan. 26 rally outside Maple Leaf Gardens
On Jan. 26 hundreds of OPSEU members from across the
province will be rallying outside of Maple Leaf Gardens to “greet” delegates
attending the Liberal party’s leadership convention.
This is an invitation to as many LBED members as possible to
join their brothers and sisters from other OPSEU sectors and tell the
Liberals their policies have increased income inequality and weakened public
services that we all rely on.
“The Liberals have taken our province in the wrong
direction,” said OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “They’ve attacked
public services and jobs while cutting taxes on the richest corporations in
Canada. They’ve wasted public dollars on privatization fiascos such as
e-Health, ServiceOntario and Ornge.”
LBED organizers will be at the rally handing out placards
containing our message behind this round of bargaining: Our Community Needs
Date: Saturday Jan. 26
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Maple Leaf Gardens at the corner of Carleton and
Church streets. If you plan to arrive by TTC, exit at the College subway
station on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.
As we approach bargaining next month make it your priority
to stay on top of the news.
· Attend upcoming bargaining information meetings. The
first of these meetings will begin in mid-February. Visit
for the date and location of your local’s information meeting. A complete
list will be posted shortly.
· Receive the Bargaining Bulletin newsletter directly to
your Inbox by email. Just call the OPSEU Resource Centre at 1-800-268-7376
or 416-443-8888 and give the operator your name and secure email. Please do
not use your LCBO email address.
· Bookmark the address at
on the OPSEU website to learn more about what’s happening inside the Liquor
Board Employees Division.
Your 2013 bargaining team
Denise Davis, Chair
Local 378 – Durham Warehouse
Tracy Vyfschaft, Vice Chair
Local 377 –Ajax/Pickering/Oshawa/Whitby
Local 5108 – North York/Thornhill/Unionville/Markham
Local 5109 – Toronto Head Office and Warehouse
Local 5107 – Mississauga/Etobicoke
Local 378 – Durham Warehouse
Jenn Van Zetten
Local 162 – Chatham/Windsor
Your 2013 Bargaining Bulletin is authorized for distribution
by Denise Davis, Chair, Liquor Board Employees Division
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU))