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LCBO workers set late-April strike vote date

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) staff, represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) will be holding a strike vote on April 24 and 25, according to a Canadian Press report.

The union has called the Ontario government’s initiative to sell beer, wine and cider in grocery stores “creeping privatization.” OPSEU says the LCBO has demanding “concessions” that it will not accept, and says major concerns include job security, scheduling and health and safety.

OPSEU has asked the Ontario Ministry of Labour to appoint a conciliator and if those discussions fail, it can start the clock toward a strike, the news report says.

The union represents 7,500 LCBO staff whose collective agreement expired March 31.

There are 130 grocery stores in Ontario now selling beer and cider — with 70 of those also selling wine — and the government intends to expand that to up to 450.

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