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Strike HQ for LCBO workers set to open

Tuesday, May 14, 2013   by: Staff

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union will open the Sault Ste. Marie strike headquarters for LCBO members as the May 17 strike deadline draws closer.

On Wednesday, May 15 a media event will take place at 12 noon at strike headquarters at the OPSEU membership room, 154 Great Northern Road, at the corner of Malabar and Great Northern Road (beside CAA).

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said the union continues to work towards a reasonable settlement at the bargaining table, but is also preparing in case the LCBO refuses to move on key issues.

“To reach an agreement, the LCBO must address the inequities of part-time work,” said Thomas. “So far, the LCBO is ignoring the glaring wage and scheduling issues for part-time staff. This is unacceptable to us.”

If LCBO employees go on strike this coming Friday, it will be the first strike in the LCBO’s 87-year history.

Thomas says it all can be easily avoided.

“There is no reason for part-time workers to make less money performing the same work as full-time employees,” Thomas said. “There is no reason for part-time workers to go week to week without a schedule, and then only work a few hours. These members have a serious responsibility controlling alcohol sales for a corporation that earns more than $4 billion a year. We can easily reach an agreement that is reasonable for our members and the people of Ontario."

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Mario77 5/14/2013 3:46:28 PM Report

Privatize LCBO.
Let the product be sold in grocery stores
like they do in the USA
Rockwell 5/14/2013 4:04:23 PM Report

Let them strike - I hope it is a long one - Government should get out of the business - Let the private sector handle the sale of alcohol
AndyCap 5/14/2013 4:12:31 PM Report

Privitazing LCBO will result in a loss of revenue for the province and also a loss of decent paying wages for people in the province. I like the LCBO. The workers there sell me booze.
moose23 5/14/2013 4:14:12 PM Report

Sure it is a hassle to get your booze from a different store (i.e., not with your groceries) but:

1) $12.9 billion is the amount the LCBO has transferred to the Ontario treasury during the last 10 fiscal years combined (excluding taxes) to 2011-12 (this is what I am focussed on)

2) you won't likely get much selection in products (this wouldn't bother me)

3) the small businesses (e.g., wineries) will be lose out... right?

As long as the LCBO is making money FOR US, THE TAXPAYERS, then keep the status quo... FACTS ARE FACTS ... math 101... regarding a strike, I would have to look at the employees rationale further.
Snowdon 5/14/2013 4:31:46 PM Report

Let Mario77 fund his own services and he can have his own personal corner store booze outlet.
Me Myself an I 5/14/2013 4:40:07 PM Report

If you privatize the LCBO then you need to answer a few questions.

1) which taxes will you raise or programs cut when you loose that revenue, as that will now be profit for the independent stores.

2) Just how will privatization increase selection? these retailers will only carry what sells fast and often, if you want something a little different good luck.

3) You allow the store on Gore street to sell booze, just how many times a day will it get robbed?
Gater 5/14/2013 5:13:59 PM Report

Privatize ? A bit of an over reaction. I would like to know what the union issues are..
The LCBO is a major contributor to our tax base etc.. And yes they are good jobs .

They should be careful how good they want it in this day of cut backs in industry in the country as a whole..
CB4 5/14/2013 5:17:47 PM Report

Im sure the part times make more then $20 an hour, fire these mofos !
Koolaid 5/14/2013 5:43:09 PM Report

Go on strike who cares.
2good4you 5/14/2013 5:57:43 PM Report

i dont feel the need to drink away my problems every night so this is just fine by me
anapeg 5/14/2013 5:59:47 PM Report

Should set the office up at the EI building on Bay at Gore and save them time and steps. On a positive note Saultites have a short hop skip and a jump across the border and viola, cheaper than cheap booze. Nary a tear shed at my house.
Drivecleat 5/14/2013 6:16:56 PM Report

The wine stores at the Met at Churchill Plaza and Pino's is booming. The Beer Store at Churchill Plaza is dead. LCBO had no one in mind except themselves when they moved the outlet to GNR. Build it anywhere "they will come" is their attitude. Their attitude towards their customers is the same as towards their employees to which they show little respect. Buy your booze across the river if you can and pay the duty you will still be ahead. For all of the people in the east end without convenient transportation you have my sympathy. I think corner stores for alcohol could be a problem but in more organized department stores (Woolco)and grocery stores it would be great and more suited and certainly more convenient.
funkywalker 5/14/2013 6:25:21 PM Report

Drive cleat, you must be drunk! The selection @ metro and pino's is minimal, and the churchill plaza beer store is busy whenever I've been there. Maybe it's dead at 10 am when you show up for your daily beer run?!
thera 5/14/2013 6:32:40 PM Report

We need to support LCBO employees. Good paying jobs are dropping like flies - we don't need any more going down the toilet.

Privatization would be terrible - not only will the government loose the revenue created by the LCBO, there would be a lot of EI cheques that will need to be handed out. Us taxpayers would have to pick up that tab.
Tom_Bom 5/14/2013 6:54:27 PM Report

Legalize Marijuana and then sell it at the LCBO so you can pay the workers more. It's a Win Win.
I'm In 5/14/2013 7:12:17 PM Report

Government won't privatize LCBO even though most of you on this site think that way. Why you say? Answer 6 billion dollar profit to Provincial Government coffers it brings in a year to support the services all of you don't need until it happens that you need a service. In the USA they pay for there health care and everything else you could think of, do you want to, if you do let the government know you don't need services and you will pay for everything from health care to full driver licence which you don't do now.
Koolaid 5/14/2013 7:53:17 PM Report

I'm In
you dont know what your talking about, but thanks for the comment
j.r.98 5/14/2013 9:11:16 PM Report
Take a look . They will never go private .
District manager of Bay St. Store had a salary of $112,343.20 in 2009
wawablossom 5/14/2013 9:35:44 PM Report

For sure privatization works! Just look at our northern highways! NOT

KRF91 5/14/2013 10:30:18 PM Report

Sometimes, when I'm alone, I like to cover myself with lube, and slide around on the floor pretending I'm a slug...
I'm In 5/14/2013 10:34:59 PM Report

Enlighten me Koolaid if you know what your talking about, cause when I read your posts I am confused.
judoka 5/15/2013 12:48:22 AM Report

Koolaid, any of your comments sound pretty idiotic, so keep em to yourself and save yourself some grief.......just saying!! : )
Sault_ont 5/16/2013 8:47:16 AM Report

If you want to drink this weekend just go to a grocery store and buy some Koolaid mix and all you do is mix that with water and there is your drink all ready for the weekend.
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