"Alcohol is not just another consumer product. It is a controlled substance, and for good reason." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Liquor Store Workers
"There is a large and respected body of research that demonstrates clearly the relationship between alcohol availability and its harmful side effects. Regrettably, the Wynne government has chosen to ignore that evidence but instead acts on the advice of Ed Clark." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Campaign will help inform customers of the new changes to hours and operations in B.C. Liquor Stores.
“If Kathleen Wynne thinks this is going to be a cakewalk down the aisle of privatized beer and wine she ought to think again.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“So privatization costs the government more; and this move with beer and wine sales will mean the government takes in less. This is a strange approach in hard economic times." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Toronto (17 March 2015) — "The news that the government plans to introduce the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores is troubling in four very distinct ways," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE).
"It’s reckless for the government to not reconsider its plans for privatization and the resulting loss of revenue considering the increasing local economic pressures on the province.” — Donna Christianson, Chair of SGEU's Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority bargaining unit.
“The added bonus is that new Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA) stores are a great investment, generating substantial profits for Saskatchewan families each year. Any new liquor store will pay for itself, and then some." — Donna Christianson, SGEU Chair for SLGA bargaining unit.
Solidarity of members helps bargaining committee push back on concessions.
Despite making millions each year in revenue to support the province, the Saskatchewan government wants to privatize liquor sales.
"We stand in solidarity: the liquor workers want the employer to come back to the bargaining table prepared to bargain in earnest, without the concessions and with a reasonable wage offer," said MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky.