The union chose to conduct strike action at these work sites to back demands for a fair and reasonable agreement with the B.C. Government and to support BCGEU/NUPGE members’ wage proposal.
This will be the second job action this summer in support of proposals for a new contract with the B.C. Government.
Over 25,000 people have signed the petition asking for the LBD to remain public. Opposition to the privatization is broad-based and includes the media, brewers, distillers, bar and restaurant owners, local government and the general public.
Aim of job action to pressure government for a decent contract settlement.
“The numbers are staggering,” said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “From 2003 to 2007 alone, the LCBO permitted close to $1 billion in retail alcohol sales to be sold through private agency stores."
Negotiations and mediation fail to reach collective agreement for B.C. government workers.
The BCGEU/NUPGE has proposed using deputy sheriffs in traffic safety and the expansion of public liquor store services. These two proposals would create savings and additional revenues of approximately $300 million annually.
PEIUPSE/NUPGE campaign highlights the move away from "compassion and cooperation in favour of a society leaning toward privatization and the elimination of people and services that all Islanders depend on.”
"They are closing a profitable and socially responsible Liquor Control Commission (LCC) outlet that will result in reduced services for Islanders and more jobs lost unnecessarily.” - PEIUPSE President Shelley Ward.
Liquor board members plan privatization fightback campaign.
"If the government doesn’t move on its proposals, we’ll be forced to consider job action.” - Darryl Walker, BCGEU President.
"The MGEU will make sure that what they’ve said this past Tuesday will continue to hold true over the next few years.” - Lois Wales, MGEU President.
“After a billion dollars in tax cuts over the last several years, we think it’s time to look at the revenue side of the ledger. “ - Lois Wales, MGEU President.
New dates have been added to the bargaining schedule in order to reach a new contract.
“We think the government’s decision to sell off the LDB warehouses is dead wrong. Still, we’re pleased we were able to win protection for our members,” said BCGEU President Darryl Walker.