Bargaining Survey

Welcome to your Bargaining Quiz 2017

Are you getting information about bargaining?

If so, where are you getting the information from?

Do you understand the bargaining process?
How would you prefer to keep up with bargaining information?
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Your opinion matters!

Welcome to your Local 376 Survey

Were you aware that there was a general membership meeting April 23, 2017?
If you were advised of the meeting, how did you hear about it? Pick all answers that apply (you may choose more than one)
Were you aware of the location of the meeting?
Did you know what was on the agenda for the meeting?
Did you feel like you were able to participate in the meeting?
Was the location easy for you to get to?
If you attended the meeting, were you satisfied with the content of the meeting?
Were your questions answered during the meeting?
How do you think meetings should be announced?
Where do you think meetings should be held?
Should food be served at meetings?
Any additional comments regarding general membership meetings
Did you attend the meeting?

What would encourage you to attend union meetings?

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Tele Town call – April 19, 2017

Join the Telephone Town Hall on April 19

Next Wednesday, April 19, there will be two telephone town halls held for LBED members at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. ET with the bargaining team and OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. These will give members a chance to hear about the issues at the table from the team, and to ask questions they might have about where things stand, what rights the employer is trying to take away, and how the team is planning to fight for a better LCBO.

All members who have provided a contact number will receive a call in advance to let them know about these calls, and will then receive a call between 10 and 10:10 a.m., and between 7:30 and 7:40 p.m. If you miss the call or don’t receive the call, you can call into the discussion by dialing 1-877-229-8493 and entering ID Code: 112847.

Some regions will also be organizing opportunities for members to gather in one location to join the call together, discuss the issues, and make plans afterwards to mobilize a strong strike vote. Look for details about these information sessions (and other upcoming sessions) under the “Bargaining Events” heading at



Strike Vote Locations

What is a strike vote?

A strike vote does not mean we are going on strike, a strike vote just allows the employer to see that the members are behind the bargaining team.

A strong strike mandate often forces the Employer to negotiate seriously, it isn’t always necessary to follow through with the strike. The higher the turnout and the stronger the “yes” vote, the more power we have at the bargaining table – and the more likely we can avoid a strike.

Locations for the strike vote for our local are as follows. Please attend the date and location of your store. Phone in votes are only available to the list of stores on the phone list below.

Local 376 Store # 226, 311, 404, 453, 630, 658

Monday, April 24th, 2017 9:00am – 9:00pm

Best Western Hotel
17565 Yonge Street
Newmarket, Ontario

Local 376 Store # 248, 265, 346, 353, 383, 390, 397, 536, 554, 623, 629

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 9:00am – 9:00pm

Hilton Garden Inn
300 Commerce Valley Drive East
Markham, Ontario

Telephone Voting – Phone voting takes place on Tuesday, April 25th from 9am-9pm(est).

Store # 28, 29, 30, 31, 39, 74, 79, 80, 82, 102, 106, 107, 120, 130, 136, 139, 142, 146, 160, 168, 178, 181, 205, 208, 210, 219, 222, 223, 224, 231, 238, 240, 244, 247, 251, 260, 268, 283, 284, 293, 298, 299, 300, 302, 305, 306, 307, 313, 317, 318, 319, 331, 340, 347, 369, 380, 391, 399, 403, 413, 419, 430, 447, 448, 450, 454, 471, 472, 477, 478, 482, 504, 510, 513, 516, 529, 535, 537, 557, 561, 562, 581, 582, 583, 596, 599, 606, 607, 609, 610, 612, 615, 621, 632, 635

Due to the remoteness of many locations arrangements have been made for the above stores to call-in their vote. You will receive a letter in the mail with your phone vote instructions.


If you should have any questions, please email or call your local steward or OPSEU.

In Solidarity,

Maria Bauer

Steward Local 376


OPSEU Convention

Hi everyone

I attended this years OPSEU Convention on April 6-8, 2017.

This year was an election year and I am excited to announce that Warren “Smokey” Thomas was re-elected as our Union President and Eduardo “Eddy” Almeida was acclaimed as our Vice President/Treasurer.

Another exciting event was that our very own Executive Board Member, Sara Labelle was also re- elected as Second Vice President of OPSEU! This also ranks Sara as  Highest Ranking Female at OPSEU giving her delegate status at many important union conventions such as the OFL and NUPGE!  I am Happy and Proud for our sister Sara, Smokey and Eddy!

Local 376 currently has over 400 members. The OPSEU Constitution allows our local to have 3 delegates, 3 alternates and 3 observers to attend OPSEU events. These positions must be elected at a General Membership meeting.

Our current Local President, Evan Wickham, called a general membership meeting in January 2017 for elections for members to attend OPSEU Convention. When the general membership meeting was called, it was less that 3 weeks prior (as per our by-laws) and the meeting notice was not posted in the stores, and many members, including stewards were not advised.

A complaint was filed by several members of our local to the OPSEU’s Presidents office. The Presidents office deemed the General Membership meeting as being “unconstitutional” and against our “local by laws”.

OPSEU’s Presidents office contacted our local president, Evan Wickham, advising him to hold another meeting providing proper notice to the members.  This did not happen and the result was only one delegate (the local president) was allowed to attend from our local.

OPSEU Convention is open to any OPSEU member in good standing but unless you are elected as a Delegate or Alternate at a local meeting, your expenses will not be paid, not even your time off. Since our local had a meeting that was deemed “unconstitutional” and no one was elected, anyone that attended  SHOULD be doing so on their own time and expense.

I attended Convention this year on my own time and expense, and would do so again as Convention is an empowering union event.

I am not sure if any of you have been advised, but our local will be holding a General Membership Meeting on April 23, 2017. I have been told that many stores do not have meeting notices posted in their stores.

I do not know where the meeting will be held, as this information has yet to be disclosed to the members.

I URGE all of you to attend this meeting on April 23, 2017. I will advise you of the location as soon as the local president announces it.

It is in my opinion that there are questions that should be raised at the local meeting about receiving notices of meetings in an appropriate manor. Even if you do not want to attend, the ones that may be interested, have the right to know.

In Solidarity,

Maria Bauer

Steward Local 376


Bargaining Bulletin # 9 – Concilliation



Calling on the employer to take negotiations seriously, the OPSEU bargaining team filed late Monday for conciliation. “This decision means that we’re asking for the help of a third party to move negotiations forward,” said Denise Davis, chair of the bargaining team. “It’s time this employer abandoned proposals that will only lead to a weakened LCBO, and recognized that our plan offers a way to improve it instead.” Conciliation is covered under the Labour Relations Act, and means that the Ministry of Labour is being asked to appoint a neutral third party, who will work with both sides to help them reach a deal. “We’re hopeful that with the assistance of a neutral third party, we can find a way to reach a deal that will build a better LCBO,” added Davis. “If we can’t, however, this employer needs to know that workers won’t stand quietly by while management destroys something so important to our province.” While the team waits for a conciliation officer to be appointed, talks will continue until Wednesday this week, and then from Monday to Thursday next week.

Hundreds join call to keep LCBO public

An information picket at an LCBO in North Bay on Saturday saw strong support from the public and the local MPP for keeping the LCBO public. Hundreds of people signed postcards asking Premier Wynne to stop her back-door privatization of the LCBO, reminding her that this was nowhere to be found in her last election platform. Shoppers voiced their support for the important role the LCBO plays in paying for public services, from teachers and nurses to highways and seniors’ care. Others spoke up about their concern over the presence of beer and wine in grocery stores where families shop, calling the decision to expand and privatize alcohol sales the wrong one for the province. Including this one in North Bay, OPSEU members who work at the LCBO have now held 22 information pickets. Look for information about future pickets online at

Why is it so important to fill out a Form B?

If you don’t fill out a Form B, you won’t receive strike pay. While the bargaining team is committed to bargaining for a deal, not a strike, the reality is that we face an employer that seems unwilling to be reasonable. We have to make sure we’re ready, and we want to make sure that if we do end up on the picket line, no one is missing out on their strike pay because we don’t have a form for them. Where are these forms? Mobilizers are visiting stores with them, and a copy can be found on the bargaining website at If you have questions about the form, please email us directly at so we can get you an answer. You should also make sure that OPSEU has your current contact information so that important updates can be provided to you. You can update your information on the member portal, or by calling your regional office or local steward.


Human Rights should NOT be something we pay for!

Smokey Thomas put it best today !

Premier needs to ‘walk the talk’ on equal pay for equal work

Publication Date

Thursday, March 23, 2017 – 3:15pm

Toronto – The Premier of Ontario needs to clear up the confusion around how she views human rights, especially the right of workers to receive equal pay for equal work regardless of gender, the President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) says.

At a news conference today, Warren (Smokey) Thomas said a recent arbitration award at the LCBO that stripped certain collective agreement provisions to offset the cost of equal pay for equal work was “a blatant violation of the most basic principle of human rights.

“The whole point of human rights is that they are rights,” he said. “You don’t have to pay for them.”

Thomas said the recent arbitration award came after the LCBO put forward a list of concessions designed to cover the cost of providing equal pay to workers in the female-dominated casual Customer Service Representative classification.

“Equal pay is supposed to mean raising the bar for those not receiving fair wages, not lowering the standards and working conditions of their co-workers,” Thomas said. “This idea of horse-trading for rights seems to be what the LCBO thinks Premier Wynne is looking for. So we need to know: is LCBO management wrong, or did the Premier or her ministers direct them to find a way to make LCBO workers pay to have a human right recognized?

“Right now my members are confused about where the Premier actually stands.”

Thomas said LCBO workers are angry about the concessions and are looking at their options. “These workers will be in a legal strike position before long. If the LCBO pushes ahead with implementing this, we’ll be looking at every option open to us, up to and including withdrawing our work.”

OPSEU represents 7,500 workers at the Crown agency. Their collective agreement expires March 31, 2017.

“We’re just not accepting that in 2017 workers should have to trade away anything to get something as fundamental as paying women the same as men for doing the same job.”