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
The bargaining team would like you to complete this survey. Your individual input is completely confidential. The overall provincial results will used in our bargaining campaign. Have your voice heard and fill out the survey. On behalf of the bargaining team, thank you!
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.
- 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
Please open attachments to see the opening proposals
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.
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
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
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.
Steward Local 376
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.
Steward Local 376