Overwhelming strike vote from LCBO staff

Employees have voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike as their union continues to bargain for a new collective agreement.

Overwhelming strike vote from LCBO staff
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario is now under increased pressure to reach an agreement after employees voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike.

Voting by members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union was held Monday and Tuesday with 93 per cent of voters showing their support for strike action.

Denise Davis – head of OPSEU’s bargaining team – said the union will now return to negotiations with a strong mandate from workers. OPSEU currently represents about 7,500 LCBO staff whose last contract expired on March 31.

In response, the LCBO said it expects to reach a fair settlement that its employees will consider and accept before ever having to go through with strike action. It noted, however, that it was working on a contingency plan in case there was a labour disruption.

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