LCBO workers in favour of strike action

Key issues include wages, benefits, job security, health and safety
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 04/10/2013

Employees at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), who are members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), have voted 95 per cent in favour of strike action if contract negotiations break down.

The union, which represents more than 7,000 LCBO workers, says it and the employer have been in negotiations since mid-February with little progress made. The workers’ four-year contract with the LCBO ended March 31.

The union has no immediate plans to take job action, OPSEU president Warren Thomas said in a press release, as contract talks are set to resume on April 10 and more bargaining dates are set for April and May.

At issue are wages and benefits, job security and improved health and safety standards.

LCBO employees completed successful strike votes in 2003 and 2009. Both times the two sides reached a deal without a strike or lockout.

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