**LCBO Workers to Hold Demonstration**
Update (Friday, May 19th):
Workers with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario are looking to hold a picket Friday afternoon between 4 & 6, in front of the LCBO on Marcus Drive. This comes after voting heavily in favour of a strike about a month ago, over contract demands. A few reasons for the labour dispute include improved hours and safety measures for casual workers, and the worry that liquor store jobs will be lost to grocery and convenience stores. The LCBO has been at the bargaining table since early April, and negotiations continue as the two sides work towards a fair settlement.
Update (Wednesday, April 26th):
After 2 days of voting, LCBO staff across the province have voted 93 percent in favour of a strike, as OPSEU continues to work at reaching a new collective agreement. The vote was called late last month by the union, after they claimed there was a complete lack of respect for workers within the company. Their main concerns are tied into the sale of liquor in grocery stores across the province along with issues connected to job security, scheduling and health and safety. 7500 LCBO staff are represented by OPSEU, and the union says they will return to negotiations with a strong mandate from the workers.
Today begins Day#2 for the strike vote for 7,500 LCBO workers across the province.
One of the main concerns for employees is the sale of alcohol in grocery stores as the province moves ahead in their ‘modernization’ plans of how alcohol is sold province-wide.
The province’s goal is to make sure the competition is fair and distribution is even across the province for beer, wine and cider sales in grocery stores.
Job security, scheduling, and health and safety are among the issues on the table for LCBO staff who are represented by OPSEU.
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