2013 Collective Bargaining: NEWS ALERT!
LCBO workers set strike deadline: May 17
Frustrated by the LCBO’s refusal to negotiate a fair
and just contract settlement, the bargaining team representing more than 7,000
liquor board employees has said to the Ministry of Labour that it is prepared to
walk off the job on May 17 unless a contract settlement can be reached.
“We don’t apply for strike deadlines lightly but in this case we have no
choice,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union which represents more than 7,000 unionized LCBO workers. ”The
LCBO continues to try and force concessions and has no intention to make
improvements despite its own employees voting 95 per cent in favour of strike
“We are looking to the LCBO to negotiate a deal that recognizes fair jobs for
all its employees. To date it hasn’t demonstrated its willingness to recognize
fair work for all LCBO employees.”
LCBO workers today filed an application with the Ministry of
Labour indicating its intention to trigger job action on May 17 unless a
tentative contract can be reached .
Outstanding issues include conversion of part-time jobs to
full-time jobs, equal pay for work of equal value, improvements to health and
safety, and scheduling.
“We continue to negotiate with our employer but very little progress is being
made at the table,” said Denise Davis, chair of the liquor board employees’
bargaining team. “That has left us with no option but to declare a May 17
strike deadline. We hope to reach an agreement before then.”
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