May 17 strike deadline for OPSEU liquor board members | National Union of Public and General Employees

May 17 strike deadline for OPSEU liquor board members

“We are looking to the LCBO to negotiate a deal that recognizes fair jobs for all its employees. To date, it hasn’t demonstrated its willingness to recognize fair work for all LCBO employees.”

Toronto (25 April 2013) – Frustrated by the LCBO’s refusal to negotiate a fair and just contract settlement, the bargaining team representing more than 7,000 liquor board employees in Ontario has told the Ministry of Labour that it is prepared to walk off the job on May 17 unless a contract settlement can be reached.

Strike deadline

“We don’t apply for strike deadlines lightly but in this case we have no choice,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) which represents the workers. ”The LCBO continues to try and force concessions and has no intention to make improvements despite its own employees voting 95 per cent in favour of strike action.

“We are looking to the LCBO to negotiate a deal that recognizes fair jobs for all its employees. To date, it hasn’t demonstrated its willingness to recognize fair work for all LCBO employees.”

Outstanding issues

Outstanding issues include conversion of part-time jobs to full-time jobs, equal pay for work of equal value, improvements to health and safety and scheduling.

“We continue to negotiate with our employer but very little progress is being made at the table,” said Denise Davis, bargaining team Chair. “That has left us with no option but to declare a May 17 strike deadline. We hope to reach an agreement before then.”

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