TORONTO, April 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Frustrated by the LCBO's refusal to
negotiate a fair and just contract settlement, the bargaining team
representing more than 7,000 liquor board employees has said to the
Ministry of Labour that it is prepared to walk off the job on May 17
unless a contract settlement can be reached.
"We don't apply for strike deadlines lightly but in this case we have no
choice," said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public
Service Employees Union which represents more than 7,000 unionized LCBO
workers. "The LCBO continues to try and force concessions and has no
intention to make improvements despite its own employees voting 95 per
cent in favour of strike action.
"We are looking to the LCBO to negotiate a deal that recognizes fair
jobs for all its employees. To date it hasn't demonstrated its
willingness to recognize fair work for all LCBO employees."
LCBO workers today filed an application with the Ministry of Labour
indicating its intention to trigger job action on May 17 unless a
tentative contract can be reached.
Outstanding issues include wages and benefits, job security and
improvements to health and safety standards.
"We continue to negotiate with our employer but very little progress is
being made at the table," said Denise Davis, chair of the liquor board
employees' bargaining team. "That has left us with no option but to
declare a May 17 strike deadline. We hope to reach an agreement before
SOURCE: Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
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