Campaign will help inform customers of the new changes to hours and operations in B.C. Liquor Stores.
Liquor Store Workers
“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.
Even the seemingly small step of allowing four new private liquor stores to open — two in Regina and two in Saskatoon — will mean lost revenue of approximately $3.5-$7.5 million each year, according to the new report.
MGEU/NUPGE members are seek strong strike madate to fight concessions at the bargaining table.