November 4, 2005:
Got a problem?
Contact your steward first
are having a problem at work and need to ask
questions or file a grievance, contact your union
steward first — no matter what the issue.
first step in the grievance process is contact your
steward. He or she will file the grievance with the
LCBO, and send a copy to the union office.
grievance cannot be settled and reaches the third
stage, your Grievance Officer will contact you. If
necessary, you can reach Grievance Officers at the
same phone numbers as before.
have been trained to answer your questions. If they
don’t know the answer, they can contact the
Grievance Officer in your area and get back to you.
are unsure who the steward is in your area, contact
OPSEUdirect at (416) 443-8888 or 1-800-268-7376.
transition from OLBEU to OPSEU is complete (see
story below), stewards will be backed by 19 OPSEU
staff reps at 19 regional offices across the
province. These reps will train and support stewards
and help build strong locals to represent all
members at the LCBO.
directors get new roles
union means new roles for officers and directors of
the former OLBEU.
Effective Dec. 31, 2005 the OLBEU Constitution will
no longer have any effect.
the merger agreement with OPSEU, the officers and
directors will become divisional executive members
of the Liquor Board Employees Division. They will
continue to lead the division until Dec. 31, 2007.
Divisional executive members will also sit on
committees such as central and regional Labour-Management,
Grievance, Benefits, Health and Safety, Education,
Public Policy, the Anti-Privatization Committee,
and supported by OPSEU, the divisional executives
will meet at least four times a year in addition to
their committee work.
executive’s job is to ensure that the views and
needs of LBED members are reflected in the overall
policies and day-to-day operations of OPSEU.
to the chair of a committee or divisional executive
member, please contact OPSEUdirect at
locals almost ready
Liquor Division Transition Committee is putting the
finishing touches on a proposal to assign former
OLBEU members to OPSEU locals.
draft plan will be discussed at a two-day Divisional
Assembly meeting slated for January 2006.
150 activists, along with OPSEU regional
vice-presidents and staff, will help fine tune the
for more details soon.
Fight Back Fund gets a boost
campaign to block privatization of Ontario liquor
stores is getting a boost.
money left over after the bills from bargaining are
paid will go into the Privatization Fight Back Fund.
on top of OLBEU term deposits and investments
already in the fund. The market value of the OLBEU
building (estimated at $1 million) will also be
OLBEU accounting policies have been changed to OPSEU
policies, including member expense account limits,
kilometric rates, meal allowances, etc.
Full-time LCBO employee who have had their teeth
cleaned in the last 6 months or more but less then 9
months, are eligible to make a claim. If you have
been denied your dental claim, please contact the
Union office or the Benefits Committee.
numbers are available through OPSEUdirect at
Casual Benefits Committee met on Oct. 28 to discuss
the design and implementation of the Casual Benefits
casual members will have a chance to review and vote
on the plan. They will decided whether or not to
authorize the necessary payroll deductions.
details on the committees plan will be sent out
is on its way
Bargaining Team is reviewing a draft of the
Collective Agreement and is working toward signing
off on the revisions.
hoping to have it at the printers by the end of the
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