The tentative agreement

Hello everyone

Do not let the fear of the unknown guide you. If we continue along the same path, we will end up with the same results.

There are so many loopholes in the wording of the new contract. The employer may be giving you good hours now, or may not, but the wording allows them to do what they want when they want

The prospect of a full time job at the LCBO is no longer appealing. The scheduling practices has now allowed for full time staff to also be scheduled for up to 10 days without a day off. The working of 9 hours a day, weekends and evening shifts makes a full time position at the LCBO seem to be a glorified casual job. The loss of Sunday overtime basically caps a full times wages with no opportunities to make any extra money. The “relative equality” clause  that was added to applying for assistant manager of C and D store manager positions has given the employer the opportunity to manipulate workers to be complacent to senior management and pit bargaining unit workers against bargaining unit workers so that they can move up the ladder at this workplace.

You can guess how I will be voting. But I am a tiny cog in the huge wheel of this company.

Do not let fear guide you. However the vote goes, the union will have to continue to represent us. If its a NO, they will have to carry on with the campaigning and get us results we are looking for. If its a Yes, the same yet we will be bound by the laws of the contract language.

In Solidarity,

Maria Bauer

New Contract Information- What does it say?

Join OPSEU President (Warren) Smokey Thomas, Liquor Board Employees Division (LBED) bargaining team chair Denise Davis, and your LBED bargaining team for three telephone town halls about the tentative collective agreement signed Sunday, June 25. Details about the agreement will be sent out to members and posted on the website soon.

  • Tuesday, June 27 – 7 p.m. ET
  • Wednesday, June 28 – 7 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, June 29 – 10 a.m. ET

All members who have provided a contact number to the union will receive a call starting 10 minutes before the call time. If you miss the call or didn’t receive a call, you can dial in at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, or at 10 a.m. on Thursday, by calling 1-877-229-8493 and entering ID Code 112847. Or join us live online here.

Benefits during strike

As per OPSEU policy, OPSEU members at the LCBO who currently receive a percentage in lieu of benefits in their pay are eligible to enroll for limited benefits under the OPSEU Joint Trusteed Benefit Fund – known as the OJTBF for short. These benefits will be available to members in the event of a strike at the LCBO.

Please find attached three documents:

  • Strike Benefit Instructions
  • Strike Benefit Enrollment Form
  • Strike Benefit Claim Form

Please note: OPSEU members at the LCBO who currently receive benefits from the employer do NOT need to sign up. As per OPSEU policy, OPSEU is currently negotiating with the employer the continuation of benefits in the event of a strike.

Enrollment and Claim Instructions

For the length of the strike, the OJTBF will be providing you with the following benefits:

  • Life Insurance – $100,000
  • Health Care for you and your eligible dependents. Benefit details are enclosed on the attached pages.

Please return your completed Enrollment form to the OJTBF at:

OJTBF – Strike Benefits
6 Lansing Square, Suite 121
Toronto, ON M2J 1T5

Enrollment Form

To ensure that you are enrolled for benefits, complete the enrollment form as indicated below:

1. Personal Information

Please provide your contact information including a telephone number where we can reach you should we have any questions about your enrollment or claim.

2. Beneficiary

Designate a beneficiary for the life insurance proceeds of your coverage. Provide the beneficiary’s surname, given name and indicate their relationship to you (i.e. daughter, spouse, etc.).

Note: if this section is left blank or unsigned when returned to SSQ, your beneficiary is deemed to be your ESTATE.

3. Coverage Requirement

Indicate your coverage requirement; coverage for yourself only, or coverage for yourself, your spouse and/or your child(ren).

  • If you selected coverage for your spouse and/or children, list all your eligible dependents (spouse and/or children). Include over age children (from age 21 up to the 25th birthday) who are regularly attending school full-time and solely dependent on you for support. You will be required to provide proof of full time enrollment, i.e., school ID and copy of Invoice for Tuition Fee.

4. Signature (Required)

Sign and date that statements you have made are true in the Authorization section.To be eligible for strike benefits, you must complete and send this enrollment form to the OJTBF. You may send an electronic copy to but the original must follow by mail.

Claims Submission

If you incur claims during the strike, attach receipts to the Health Insurance Claim ts form and send it to the address shown below. All claims for expenses incurred during the strike, must be sent to SSQ no later than 2 months after the last day of the strike.

SSQ, Life Insurance Company Inc. 
Attention: Health Claims
110 Sheppard Ave E, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M2N 6Y8

Bargaining in the News

Video: Possible LCBO strike looms ahead of Canada Day holiday

The LCBO CEO said steps are being taken to assure stores will remain open in the event of a labour disruption.

Posted by CityNews Toronto on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Information Pickets

Opseu locals across the province are holding information pickets. You can see a list of dates and locations at the following link

Local 376 is also having a picket. It will be on June 1, 2017 from 1130 to 330 pm. The picket will be held at store 346 in Woodbridge. The address is 7850 Weston Road (corner of Weston Road and Highway 7)

The more members that attend the better. This picket is to inform the public of our bargaining issues. The following information has been sent out by OPSEU as to what to say when picketing.

Key messages on “A Better LCBO”
  • The Liberal government and the LCBO are pushing a privatization agenda that is threatening to replace LCBO jobs with Walmart jobs.
  • The people of Ontario built the LCBO, paid for the LCBO, and own the LCBO. We’re not going to let the Liberals destroy it. We’re working to save the LCBO – not just the LCBO we have, but the better LCBO we know is possible.
  • OPSEU members who work at the LCBO are holding pickets across Ontario to ask the public to support our plan for “A Better LCBO.” This means:

On casual work

  • LCBO management keeps hiring more casual workers, and scheduling them for short shifts. Now 84 per cent of retail workers are in temporary positions with no guaranteed hours. Some workers have been in this situation for decades, and many work seven days a week, every week. Despite this, the average casual makes less than $30,000/year.
  • Our plan for a better LCBO would provide meaningful hours for casuals, and permanent jobs when the work is there to be done.

On safety 

  • The LCBO has a profit margin of more than 35 per cent and made more than $1.9 billion in profit last year. But management is cutting corners when it comes to worker safety, and the result is that workers working alone face robberies, violent customers, stalking, and other significant risks.
  • Our plan for a better LCBO would improve safety so no one works alone.

On job security 

  • The LCBO wants to be able to contract out entire divisions, like IT or warehousing, to private companies that might not even be in Canada. On top of that, they want to avoid paying workers who are laid off the severance pay they earned through years of service.
  • Our plan for a better LCBO would keep public workers doing public jobs, here in Ontario. It would also respect the promises made to longtime workers and not change the rules around the severance pay they’ve already earned.

Hope to see you there

In Solidarity,

Maria Bauer