LCBO employees mark UN Day of Human Rights with information pickets across Ontario

TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - On the 64th anniversary of the United Nation's Universal Declaration of Human Rights, hundreds of LCBO employees will stage information pickets outside retail outlets today calling on the Crown corporation to provide equal pay for equal work. [See below for a complete list of locations].

"Under Article 23.2 of the declaration it states 'everyone, without discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work,'" said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents about 7,000 LCBO workers at retail stores, head office and distribution centres across the province.

"Regrettably, because of its multi-tiered wage structure, the LCBO comes nowhere close to meeting the goal of the U.N declaration. In fact, the LCBO exercises a very aggressive system of wage discrimination where employees are paid different rates despite doing the exact same work as colleagues who are classified differently," said Thomas.

He noted that OPSEU's collective agreement with the LCBO expires on Mar. 31, 2013 and reducing wage discrimination will be a priority for the union when it sits down at the bargaining table.

"Our members have told their bargaining team that wage discrimination is at the top of their list of demands. We take this very seriously and will bargain aggressively on this issue," said Thomas.

Denise Davis, chair of the liquor board employees division of OPSEU, said wage discrimination practiced by the LCBO hits women employees the hardest.

"More than 60 per cent of the LCBO's retail work force is made up of women and most of them can only get part-time hours each week, yet they're paid considerably less than other employees doing the exact same work but on a full-time, permanent basis," said Davis.

"This is fundamentally wrong and we look forward to addressing this during our upcoming contract negotiations."

The liquor board employees have identified 17 LCBO retail locations across Ontario at which information pickets will be set up. See the complete list and contact information below.

Equal Pay for Equal Work information pickets will take place between noon and 2 pm and between 4 pm and 6 pm at the following LCBO retail locations:

TORONTO
2625D Weston Rd.
Yonge & Summerhill
1145 Danforth Road
2290 Dundas St. W.

Contact: Adriana Bertoni 416-618-4909

WATERLOO
115 King St. S

Contact: Shawn Swayze  905-973-3730

ST. CATHARINES
343 Glendale Ave
311 Geneva St. Fairview Mall

Contact: Shawn Swayze  905-973-3730

STRATFORD
1067 Ontario St.

Contact: Dave Holmes 519-200-4829

BARRIE
534 Bayfield Rd.

Contact: Rick Woodall 705-687-0602

OSHAWA
400 Gibb St Oshawa Shopping Centre

Contact: Rick Woodall 705-687-0602

COBOURG
111 Elgin St. S.,

Contact: Rick Woodall 705-687-0602

KINGSTON
34 Barrack St.

Contact: Eric Davis 613-546-3824

OTTAWA
222 Richmond Rd.

Contact: Adam Ly 613-864-2134

NORTH BAY
1171 Algonquin Rd.

Contact: Kevin Herbert  416-995-3820

SUDBURY
190 Cedar St.

Contact: Kevin Herbert  416-995-3820

SAULT STE. MARIE
616 Great Northern Rd.

Contact: Kevin Herbert  416-995-3820

THUNDER BAY
Thunder Centre, 969 Fort William Rd.

Contact: Robert Lorkowski  807-767-4572

SOURCE: Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

For further information:

Greg Hamara
OPSEU Communications
Tel: 647-238-9933


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