McGuinty pounds the privatization drum

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Information for OPSEU members in the Liquor Board Employees Division • Issue 32 • May 6, 2010

McGuinty pounds the privatization drum
   That noise you hear off in the                 prepared to privatize all or part of
distance is the sound of Dalton                   these public corporations, all in
McGuinty beating the drum for the                 the name of deficit reduction.
possible privatization of the LCBO.                   The view from LBED is clear.
   In recent months the Premier                   We want no part of McGuinty’s
has spoken out on several                         privatization scheme. Mike Harris
occasions that he’s prepared                      tried privatization a decade ago
to look at different ownership                    and we successfully fought back.
models for Ontario’s key crown                    Harris ran for cover the moment
agencies, like the LCBO, Ontario                  liquor board employees mounted                   privatization plan. Our message
Power Generation and the                          a counter-offensive and he never                 is unambiguous and crystal clear:
Lottery and Gaming Commission.                    raised the issue again.                          McGuinty’s priorities are upside
Together these public assets have                     McGuinty can expect no less                  down.
become known as ‘Crown Jewels’                    from LBED if he tries to pull off                   It’s Our LCBO. Let’s Keep it
and they contribute billions of                   the same sleight-of-hand.                        Public!
dollars in revenue to the provincial                  At this week’s OPSEU                            Visit
treasury each year.                               convention, LBED delegates will                  regularly for new information
   What the Premier is really                     learn more about our strategy to                 on LBED’s anti-privatization
saying is that his government is                  fight back against McGuinty’s                     campaign.

Casual Benefits: All Part of the Plan                                         “This is a day a lot of us have been waiting for”
                                                                          said a relieved CSR Joseph Alam. Although Joseph
     After waiting what seemed like an eternity, close to                 doesn’t have any immediate requirements from the
1,000 eligible employees were enrolled in the LCBO                        plan, he knows he didn’t want to get caught off guard
casual benefit plan on Apr. 1.                                             by an Illness or dental requirement down the road
     To be eligible for the plan you must be a casual                     without coverage.
employee with at least five years service and to have                         Others will benefit immediately. One 27-year old
a minimum of 1,300 hours worked in the previous                           employee, who didn’t wish to be identified and who
calendar year.                                                            suffers from diabetes, said the plan will take care of
     The three major elements of the CBP include: a                       his $20,000-a-year financial obligation. He stressed
prescription drug plan, dental plan, and basic life                       how meaningful the plan will be to him and his family.
insurance. Much to the delight of those who received                         Another member, identified as Jennifer, suffers from
it, the package is straight forward and covers off much                   Crones Disease and said that she can now, financially,
of which we bargained for.                                                allow her doctor to “treat the disease properly, with
     The members are impressed, delighted, and even a                     the right medications”. Her previous lack of coverage
little surprised.                                                         dictated that her medication choices were made on
                                                                          the basis of cost, not effectiveness.
                                                                                                                         ...C O N T I N U E D O N PAG E 2

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   These examples remind us of the importance                     a questionnaire to collect specific job information in
of collective bargaining and maintaining solidarity               order to evaluate and compare jobs. This is a lengthy
throughout the negotiating process. For more                      process and the employees will be notified of the
information about the new casual benefits package                  progress of these negotiations as newsletters from
contact the LCBO’s human resources division.                      the committee are posted and circulated. The next
Should you require clarification about our collective              meeting date is May 11-14.
agreement, contact your local president or an OPSEU
staff representative in your region.                              NUPGE Liquor Component Meeting

Editing continues for new Collective Agreement                       Our Division has put out a call to all other liquor
                                                                  components in Canada to meet in Toronto on May
   The edit committee continues to proof read the                 26-27. This meeting has been called so that we can
language in our new Collective Agreement and has                  exchange information with our brothers and sisters
met with the employer on several dates. Regrettably, a            from other provinces on past bargaining issues,
meeting with the employer scheduled for Apr. 28 had               and the continuing threat of privatization that affects
to be postponed to a later date.                                  provincial liquor boards. A full report on the meeting
                                                                  will be published in the next issue of Echo.
New members on LBED standing committees
                                                                  Region 1 health and safety activists meet in London
   There have been some personnel changes to a
pair of LBED standing committees. We are pleased to                  On Mar. 11 activists from different communities in
announce membership in the following committees:                  Region 1 (southwest Ontario) met at the OPSEU office
                                                                  in London to organize LBED’s first regional health and
Employment Equity Committee                                       safety committee. The group included: Jennifer Van
• Denise Davis, Chair, Local 378, Durham                          Zetten, Mark Jukema, Mike Robertson, Michael Peris
• Gino Vendetti – new member, Local 5109, Oshawa                  and Dave Vermue.
• Barbara Trigiani – new member, Local 5107, Toronto                 The purpose of the meeting was to draw together
                                                                  activists from a range of locations in the region to
Employee Assistance Committee (EAP)                               discuss issues of mutual concerns to our members.
• Paul Carriere, Chair, Local 499, Ottawa                         While the provincial health and safety committee
• Valerie Daughton – new member, Local 5110, Toronto              works with the employer on issues of province-wide
• Sean Spratt – new member, Local 5107, Toronto                   importance, it was felt there is a role for regional
                                                                  committees to tackle problems, like asbestos
Pay Equity – Joint Job Evaluation Committee                       contamination, that are closer to the members’
   Pay equity is defined as equal pay for work of equal               The meeting also served to remind local presidents
or comparable value. Under the Pay Equity Act of                  of the importance of assigning representatives to
Ontario, the LCBO and OPSEU are jointly obligated to              health and safety committees.
ensure compliance with this legislation, which requires              For more information about organizing regional
that we develop and post a Pay Equity Plan for the                health and safety committees in your region, contact
bargaining unit.                                                  LBED health and safety committee chair Tracy
   The joint job evaluation committee has developed               Vyfschaft at

  Thanks to Devon Ford, Tracy Vyfschaft and Denise                   PLEASE POST AND CIRCULATE
  Davis for contributing to this edition of Echo.
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