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LCBO workers vote 93% in favour of striking

Vote called by bargaining team last month over what it called management’s ‘lack of respect’ for workers
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More than 7,500 unionized workers at 659 Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike this week as the union and management continue bargaining. (File)

LCBO workers delivered a pretty solid vote of support for their bargaining team this week, voting 93 per cent in favour of a strike. 

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) said the vote, held Monday and Tuesday, was called by the bargaining team in late March after what they described as management's "complete lack of respect for workers." 

The OPSEU bargaining team said with the vote in hand, it can return to the table with a strong message for LCBO management. 

"In all the rounds of negotiations I've been involved in, I've never seen the members this fired up,” Davis said. 

The OPSEU collective agreement with the LCBO expired on March 31, 2017. 

More than 7,500 unionized workers at 659 Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores across the province voted.

Voting in Sudbury took place Monday at OPSEU's regional office on Newgate Avenue. The LCBO operates 13 stores in Greater Sudbury.

Among the issues at the bargaining table are the province's plan to allow grocery stores to sell beer, wine and cider, ending the LCBO's longstanding monopoly on alcohol sales. 



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