Message from the Chair
Itís hard to believe that another year has gone by and the
holiday season is once again upon us. Many of us are looking forward to
spending this special occasion celebrating with family and friends, enjoying
special dinners with loads of desserts and possibly the occasional catnap on
the couch in a warm home.
At the same time let's not forget that this time of year can
be quite difficult for others. Too many people in Ontario this year will not
be able to have a special dinner as they struggle to make ends meet. If you
havenít done so already, consider a donation to your local food bank, toy
drive or charity of choice, so that all people can share in the spirit of
"In helping others, we shall help ourselves,for
whatever good we give out completes the circleand comes back to us."
- Flora Edwards
On behalf of all executive members of the Liquor Board
Employees Division of OPSEU I wish you and your families the best of this
holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!
Health& safety never takes a holiday break
As all of us who work at the LCBO know, the Christmas-New
Year period is the busiest time of the year. We are all affected by the
dramatic increase in customer traffic and increased sales volumes. From more
cases being handled, shipped and stocked by our warehouses and retail stores
to a higher demand on our head office and administrative support teams, we
all feel the pressure at this time of year.
Did you know that almost one-third of accidents involve
manual handling, which generally means lifting, pushing or physically
transporting a load or cases? It is estimated that more than one million
people in the workplace in Canada suffer from a job-related musculoskeletal
disorder (MSD), including those injuries caused by manually handling
Working in an office is no exception to the risk of injury.
Slips, trips and falls are common with clutter and cords around desks. As a
result it is important to ensure that common areas such as corridors,
kitchens, photocopy stations and stairways are kept free from obstruction to
Always keep in the mind that health and safety never takes a
vacation and we must be even more proactive when our workplaces are busy and
hectic. Remember also to immediately report all health and safety issues to
your supervisor and health and afety worker representative. Don't let unsafe
issues go by the wayside.
Have you read
Article 6.2 (d) of the Collective Agreement?
"Where an employee covered by section 6 (a)(i) is required
to work before twelve (12) hours have elapsed since the completion of the
employee's previous shift, he/she shall be paid time and one-half (1 Ĺ ) for
those hours that fall within the twelve (12) hour period".
Ensure that you receive the proper payment
if this situation arises.
Change to Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
Effective Dec. 1, 2010 the LCBOís Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
service provider has changed to Homewood Human Solutions.
The LCBO assured all employees in a letter dated Nov. 3,
2010 that the transition allows you to complete your counseling with our
existing EAP provider.
Homewood Human Solutions can be reached at 1-800-663-1142 or
online at www.humansolutions.ca,
accessing the member area.
If you have any questions about the transition of the LCBOís
EAP Services, please contact Bonnie MacPhail, Acting Manager, of Corporate
Health Services at 416-864-2558 or
Invest in Ontario
Thereís been a lot of talk lately about corporate tax cuts
and the provincial wage freeze. Your union, OPSEU, has launched the "Invest
in Ontario" campaign to educate all its members on how this will affect you
and your families and what action we can take.
What is a wage freeze? A wage freeze is not a freeze at all;
itís a reduction in pay equal to the rate of inflation. So while your
salaries remain the same the value of your income will decrease by 2 per
cent each year for the next two years. For the average casual working at the
LCBO this will mean a loss of $3,000 over 5 years. For the average full-time
worker it will amount to $9,000 over five years. Add it up and for the 7,000
members of LBED alone this income loss will approach almost $2 million.
Thatís money coming directly out of our pockets!
So where is this money going? Health care? Paying down the
deficit? Public education? No. It is going to the wealthiest corporations in
our province, by way of income tax cuts. Every dollar lost by a public
sector worker is directly "donated" to corporate profits in the form of tax
This affects every LBED member at every state of his or her
employment. Whether you are close to retirement, or just starting your
career, the wages lost in this two-year wage freeze will never be recovered.
This will directly affect your pension, and the contribution you make to it.
Mobilizers for the "Invest in Ontario" campaign have been
reaching out to our members, and the public, asking them to stand together
to stop this before it becomes reality.
While we believe we are still protected for another two
years due to our contract with the LCBO, the risk is that the wage freeze
may be put into law. If that happens, then the impact on us will be
immediate. We must take action now before itís too late.
What can you do? Visit
use the wage loss calculator. In a few easy mouse clicks, the calculation
will show exactly how much you and your family stand to lose from the wage
Here is the most important part. Click the "Take action
now!" button!! Complete the form and then hit Send. It will email your MPP
directly and let them know that you do not support the corporate tax cuts!
If we must take a wage freeze, letís put the money back into public services
and not into the pockets of some of the most profitable corporations in
Ontario like the Royal Bank, Rogers Communications and Imperial Oil.
Vice-President, LBED Local 497
Region 4 Mobilizer
Iím a public servant and proud of it!
Imagine an Ontario with no teachers; your children are
Image an Ontario where your own tap water is unsafe.
Imagine an Ontario where you canít call 911 in an
emergency because there are not enough paramedics to operate our
Imagine an Ontario where criminals walk free because our
jails are overcrowded and we donít have enough correctional officers.
Imagine an Ontario where the government gets to decide
when you get married because licenses take 6 months to get and not
enough staff to handle the demand.
Imagine an Ontario where a loved one dies alone and
afraid because we cut the budget in palliative care centres.
Imagine an Ontario where you are diagnosed with breast
cancer but you canít get the treatments because we no longer have health
Donít like that image?
Then imagine this Ö
Imagine an Ontario where the Government cares about its
people and our public services.
Imagine an Ontario where teachers have small class sizes
and an educational assistants so that our children can grow into the
finest young people possible..
Imagine an Ontario where we feel safe when walking the
Imagine an Ontario where everyone has a family doctor
and access to health care.
Imagine an Ontario where a post-secondary education
doesnít saddle our children with a "second mortgage."
Imagine an Ontario where we have affordable housing and
no one living below the poverty line.
Imagine an Ontario that cares about our environment and
helps protect it.
Imagine an Ontario with affordable and accessible
Imagine an Ontario where we are again proud of our
Thatís the Ontario where I want to live in and thereís s
no reason we shouldnít be able to achieve these goals.
In September I had the privilege of attending a training
session with other labour activists associated with the National Union
of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) Ė the umbrella organization
representing provincial public sector workers from all the provinces.
The training was in support of a NUPGE campaign called
Champions for Change. Essentially the campaign is asking all of us to
think of the job we do and why it is so vitally important to our
communities. In short, letís be proud of our work and the positive
impact we make on the communities in which live our friends, family and
Donít stop there. Promote the great job you do and tell
people why you are proud of it.
Finally, the NUPGE campaign asks us to join the
grassroots word-of-mouth campaign and fight for tax fairness across the
country. Currently our taxation system favors the rich. Meanwhile, the
middle and lower classes pay almost 20 per cent more in taxes. The
system tax imbalance is getting worse every year and the income gap
between the rich and the poor is growing.
We must speak up now and say: "This has got to stop. We
Canadians will no longer take it".
Champions have been trained in areas all over the
country and town hall meetings are planned to spread the message. Join
the campaign when it comes to your community,
As part of our campaign demonstrations and days of
action will be organized until our governments finally listens.
Follow us on our website
please help make the campaign work by taking the time to talk to your
family, friends and coworkers.
The time is now. We cannot wait. Stand up and take back
your country. Stand up and declare: "Iím a public servant and Iím proud
LBED Communications & Education Committee
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