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LCBO Stores Closed As Province-Wide Strike Begins

ONTARIO-The first strike in LCBO history began at midnight after talks between the Crown corporation and OPSEU broke off.

“After several months of collective bargaining with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) in hopes of reaching a fair and equitable agreement, LCBO is disappointed that the union has initiated a strike – the first in our long history in Ontario.” said the LCBO in a statement released today.

More than 9,000 employees will hit the picket lines Friday with staff looking for wage increases and a move away from increases in part-time positions instead of full-time jobs.

The union says it is also concerned about plants to allow convenience and grocery stores to sell an increasing number of products which they claim will eat into profits and cause job losses.

OPSEU president J.P. Hornick told the CBC the union presented a plan but its offer was rejected.

“When you buy from the LCBO, including spirit-based, ready-to-drink beverages, that’s what should help build Ontario,” Hornick said. “The revenues from those sales should stay in public coffers.”

Wine and liquor are still available at convenience and grocery stores and online.

“We will be operating our business, but it is not business as usual. We regret the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.” said the LCBO.


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