OPSEU/NUPGE members priorities for bargaining are improved wages and benefits, better job security and more gains in health and safety standards.
Liquor Store Workers
In an article in the Chronicle-Herald the provinces' Finance Minister, Maureen MacDonald, states that “the government has no interest in privatization”.
“The public wants to see the LCBO remain a valued public asset that contribute attractive annual dividends to help pay for education, health care and infrastructure.” - Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Toronto (07 Jan. 2013) — The union representing more than 7,000 LCBO workers has endorsed the Crown agency’s decision to open ‘Express’ stores in several large grocery stores and to inaugurate boutique outlets for the sale of Ontario quality wines.
"Saskatchewan liquor stores have earned $1 billion for the people of our province in the last five years," Bymoen pointed out. "Why would we want to turn revenue from liquor sales over to out-of-province, private businesses?"
New contract for BCGEU/NUPGE members sees wage increases, allowance improvements, employment security measure and a cancelled privatization process for liquor distribution services.
Authors conclude that the privatization of liquor stores in Alberta and the partial privatization in B.C. have resulted in higher prices, lower revenues for government and increased social harms in comparison to Saskatchewan’s public system.
"Alcohol is not just another consumer product. It is a drug and we need to examine the potential impact of changes to how we sell it." - Bob Bymoen, President SGEU
"Austerity measures will exacerbate the economic challenges we face and create undue hardship on many of our province’s most vulnerable citizens,” says Walker.
“Credit for this agreement also goes to our members who backed the bargaining committee with a strike vote and strike action. We could not have achieved this collective agreement without them,” said Walker. UPDATED
“Liquor and gaming are two very unique industries requiring careful and socially responsible oversight to ensure safe and healthy communities,” said Lois Wales, MGEU President.