Come one! Come all!
Message from the Chair
A tribute to our local executive members
In all the activity that surrounds the
leadership of your liquor board employee division it’s all too easy to
forget that the real day-to-day strength of our union rests with our local
executive members and the job they do on your behalf.
I’m speaking of those LBED members who
are elected to positions of local leadership, who sit on committees, and who
volunteer their time to ensure that the needs of our members are met. These
are the local executive members who interact daily with our membership and
who witness first-hand the challenges and triumphs we experience in our
workplaces inside the LCBO.
The job these dedicated folks perform is
often thankless and always time-consuming – and it is performed without any
additional compensation. It often means time away from family and friends
and other extra-curricular activities they’re involved with inside their
Speaking on behalf of your divisional
executive I can say that our work would be that much more difficult were it
not for the support, advice and encouragement we regularly receive from
those who participate in the activities of LBED at the local level. Your
contribution to our union is invaluable and our strength would be greatly
diminished if not for your dedication and commitment.
LBED at the Labour Day Parade
Dark clouds and the threat of rain didn’t
dampen the spirits of more than 50 liquor board division activists and their
families who participated in this year’s annual Labour Day parade on Sept. 7
in downtown Toronto.
OPSEU was positioned at the head of the
parade this year and hundreds assembled by 9 am to start the march to
Exhibition Place near the shores of Lake Ontario. It was especially
gratifying to see so many children eager to carry flags and participate in
the union movement.
During the parade OPSEU Region 5
(Toronto) did a fantastic job handing out various snacks such as fruit,
granola bars, juice, and pop during two-hour parade. Everyone was singing
and dancing along the route and when the clouds finally burst and the rain
finally poured down, participants were prepared with umbrellas and rain
LBED activists made their presence known
by distributing more than 200 “Keep It Public” buttons and flyers to parade
watchers along Queen Street W.
Warm thanks to all of those who braved
the rain and who by their presence demonstrated that the voice of labour is
still loud and more relevant than ever. We hope to see everyone again next
Cooking up local success!
There’s something special about summer
BBQ’s: the aroma of charcoal, the sun, and the soul-warming-warming chatter
of friends. BBQ’s bring us together and there’s no better way to bring two
LBED locals together then by hosting a joint event.
On Aug. 15, LBED locals 5110 and 5111
fired up the grills and co-hosted a Center Island Family Fun Day. Members,
spouses, partners and their kids mingled, participated in games and enjoyed
a feast fresh off the BBQ. Even a brief rain shower failed to dampen the
spirits of those who turned out. Although all the adults had a fantastic
time, the biggest smiles belonged to the kids who delighted in the fun,
food, games and amusement rides.
Besides the 160 members and their
families in attendance, the group was joined by OPSEU Region 5 executive
member Derek Miller and LBED Chair, Denise Davis.
“It was so encouraging to see members
outside of the work place; it shows unionism can be more than just dealing
with employers during business hours,” said Sister Denise.
In what is sure to become a tradition,
Valerie Daughton, president of Local 5110, and Kelly Smith president of
Local 5111, said they hoped that the success of the summer picnic will
spread to other LBED locals next year. hope the success of this event will
expand to include more LBED locals next year. Both Kelly and Val will tell
you, events like these not only serve as a social outlet for members, but
also serve to help build unity among locals, which benefits everyone inside
Kelly and Valerie would like to extend a
very warm thank you to all the volunteers who made this event possible.
Member, LBED communications committee
Pension enrollment for casual members
Did you know that as an LBED member you
can enroll in a pension plan that adds stability and security to your
retirement years? Best of all, you don’t have to be classified full-timer to
To enroll in the program you must be an
OPSEU member. You can contact OP Trust at 1-800-906-7738 as well as visit
www.optrust.com for more details. You can also contact the LCBO Human
Resource department in your area and ask for a pension package to be sent to
Once enrolled in the pension plan you are
afforded the opportunity to purchase back several of your pension-able years
before you joined the plan. These years can be purchased back in one lump
sum, or as a monthly payment divided over several years.
Pension and Benefits Committee
November pay equity update
The first Joint Pay Equity Newsletter was
sent out September 8, 2010 to all bargaining unit employees explaining that
the LCBO and OPSEU are jointly obligated to develop, post and maintain a Pay
Equity Plan for bargaining unit employees.
The positions that we need to evaluate
are spread throughout Ontario . The LCBO employs approximately 6,000
permanent and casual/seasonal bargaining unit employees working in more than
600 retail outlets, five logistics facilities, and head office. The LCBO
also hires up to 3,000 fixed term employees during the Christmas and summer
Since October members from both sides of
the Joint Job Evaluation Committee have been holding Pay Equity meetings
around the province in order to interview randomly selected employees. These
employees have been asked to fill in a job information questionnaire about
the work that they perform.
The first of approximately 30 sessions
began on October 4th in the Northern area then continued on to the Eastern
area, Western area and then finishing off in the Central part of Ontario the
last few weeks of November.
As the Pay Equity process continues the
Joint Job Evaluation Committee will provide periodic status updates and
information through newsletters circulated in hard copy to employees in the
workplace, on the OPSEU website (www.opseu.org) and the LCBO Intranet.
Collective agreement review
The final editing of our interim
collective agreement has been completed and it is now in the process of
being printed. It will be mailed directly to all local presidents and
stewards at their workplace.
The content of the CA now correctly
reflects the agreement of the parties that was negotiated and ratified in
Workplace Accommodation Process Policy
The Accommodation Policy is an ongoing
process that is currently being drafted and reviewed by both the employer
and OPSEU. This will be a province-wide, comprehensive and important
document that will incorporate all the policies and procedures involved in
workplace accommodation and modified work.
There are many important aspects that
will need to be addressed in the policy and several associated parties
including OPSEU’s equity unit, the Ministry of Labour, health and safety
committees, and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Our goal is to ensure
that all member rights and issues are addressed and protected.
We must also ensure that the
accommodation policy adheres to our collective agreement and works in
conjunction with pre-existing policies and legislation. As we continue to
work on this document we will keep you updated and encourage you to follow
your workplace health and safety policies already in effect.
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