LCBO workers bring labour concerns to public
By Robert Mackenzie
Published June 6, 2017
Members from Ontario Public Sector Employees Union (OPSEU) Local 379 were picketing outside of Haliburton's LCBO Wednesday afternoon in order to raise awareness of the union's current contract negotiations.
Local 379 vice president Eileen Allen said picketers were protesting employees having to work alone in stores, splitting shifts between casual workers and the lack of full-time work.
“We want to keep good jobs in our communities,” said Allen, who's worked at the Bridgeworth LCBO for 27 years and is a casual employee. “Full-time jobs are important to small towns.”
Local 379 president Trish Parcells said that stores will often give two four-hour shifts to casual workers instead of giving one shift to a full-time worker. “Casuals have to get 1,300 hours in order to get benefits, and they're not getting benefits,” she added.
This is the latest in a series of protests from OPSEU locals around Ontario. Earlier Wednesday, the union filed a no-board report to Ontario's Ministry of Labour. Once the report is issued, if the two sides can't come to a bargaining agreement in the next 17 days employees can legally strike or can be locked out by their employer. In April, 93 per cent of LCBO workers voted in favour of a strike.