2021 Bargaining Bulletin - Liquor Board Employees Division

Turning an employer no to a yes

LCBO: Essentially Yours over an illustration of dozens of people behind an LCBO store
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2021 LBED Bargaining Bulletin, Issue 5

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OPSEU/SEFPO Leaders’ Message

Your bargaining team went to the table with a simple goal – find a way to get a deal that reflects the demands you all set through the demand-set process: more job security, less privatization, and workplaces that are healthier and safer.

So far, the employer isn’t making it easy. Seems like the only word they know is “no.”  We’re not surprised, that is just part of the rough and tumble of bargaining.

But your team isn’t taking “no” for an answer. Instead, they took the responsible step of suggesting what’s called “early mediation.” Starting May 6, they and the employer will sit down with an experienced third-party mediator and we hope the process will produce some check marks in the yes column.

Creative moves like that are proof positive that your team is working hard. You can help the team – and yourself – by engaging with the process. Make sure OPSEU/SEFPO has your contact information. And make sure all of your co-workers have provided their contact information, too.

Sometimes the only way to move an employer off “no” is to show that you’re 100 per cent united behind “yes.”

In solidarity,

OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas
OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida

“Early mediation” begins May 6

After eight days at the bargaining table, it’s clear that the employer needs some outside intervention before it begins taking seriously our vision of a better LCBO.

They have refused to engage in meaningful discussion on all but the least significant of our proposals.

And since we will not entertain any of the many concessions they’re demanding – which would make even more of our jobs even less safe and secure — something had to give.

Which is why we suggested several days of “early mediation.”

We’re proud to report the employer agreed, and we have scheduled two days to start: May 6 and 7. We’ve also booked into the weekend – May 8 and 9 with the mediator and are fully prepared to work straight through if we’re making progress.

Either party may apply for conciliation and proceed through the conciliation process should early mediation not move the parties towards a negotiated settlement.

Our strength at the table comes from your support.

So far, many of you have updated your contact information with the union. Thank you!

It’s crucial to our strength that the rest of you do the same. There are a variety of ways to do it, and they’re all fast and easy:

Once you’ve updated your own information, please encourage all of your co-workers to do the same. Email them this bulletin. Print this version of the bulletin and post it on your board. Or just say to them during your shift: to help you, your union needs your contact information.

As soon as we have something to report from early mediation, we’ll let you all know.

Thanks and in solidarity,

Bargaining Team Chair: Colleen MacLeod, Local 5107
Bargaining Team Vice-Chair: Craig Hadley, Local 5109
Logistics Position: – Jeremy Trainor, Local 378
Member at Large: Rachel Brunet, Local 4100
Member at Large: Adam Ly, Local 499

LBED bargaining team members (top left to bottom right) Colleen MacLeod, Craig Hadley, Rachel Brunet, Jeremy Trainor, and Adam Ly.

LBED bargaining team members (top left to bottom right) Colleen MacLeod, Craig Hadley, Rachel Brunet, Jeremy Trainor, and Adam Ly.

Your regional mobilizers

Your regional mobilizers for 2021 were elected by LBED divisional and local leaders during a virtual meeting on Oct. 24, 2020. The mobilizers are:

  • Region 1: Shelly Robitaille, Greg Wilson
  • Region 2: Shawn Swayze, Greg Scott
  • Region 3: Tammy Rogers, Damian Campbell
  • Region 4: Dianne Clarabut, Sean Spencer
  • Region 5: Kim Nasello, Janice Ariza, Taidgh McGuinness
  • Region 6: Leslie Gagnon, Judy Jones
  • Region 7: Rob Mithrush, Anne Makela

Stay up-to-date!

You can stay up-to-date on the latest by frequently checking our website – http://www.opseu.org/lbed — and by following our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OpseuLiquorBoardEmployees

Your 2021 Bargaining Bulletin is authorized for distribution by:

Colleen MacLeod, Chair, Liquor Board Employees Division
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, OPSEU/SEFPO