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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



Bargaining Survey

Welcome to your Bargaining Quiz 2017

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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?
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Should food be served at 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