TORONTO, May 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The rise of part-time, temporary, unstable
work in Ontario is the focus of a new ad campaign from the union for
LCBO workers as a May 17 strike deadline approaches.
"Employers these days are driving big changes in the workplace that are
making it harder and harder for people to make a living," said Warren
(Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees
Union. "More and more jobs are being classified as part-time or
temporary as employers with increasingly high profits continue to
squeeze the people who make those profits possible.
"That's exactly what's happening at the LCBO, and the goal of our ad
campaign is to inform the public that what we are bargaining for is
what all working people want: the chance to live decently and give our
kids what they need."
More than 60 per cent of LCBO employees are "casual" employees, with
lower wages, few if any benefits, irregular hours, and an average
annual income of $26,000, Thomas said. The LCBO earned $1.6 billion in
profits last year.
"These negotiations are really about what kind of Ontario we want to
live in," Thomas said. "If high profits for big corporations don't
translate into good jobs for people, something's got to be done."
OPSEU's ads will run in English and French on radio stations across the
province from now to May 17 as contract talks continue. The first ad in
the campaign is available here.
OPSEU represents some 7,000 Ontarians in LCBO stores, warehouses, and
For further information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas: (613) 329-1931
Sheila Keenan, OPSEU Communications (416) 802-1251