Information for OPSEU members in the Liquor Board Employees Division - Issue 18 - May 2008
LBED pre-bargaining conference May 24-25
Delegates set to study the issues and elect bargaining team
With about 10 months to go before LBED’s
contract with the LCBO expires, more than 60
local representatives from across Ontario will
gather May 24-25 in Mississauga to begin the
process of identifying key issues and electing a
bargaining team that will lead the division into
negotiations with management.
“I’m really quite excited about the conference The first day of the pre-bargaining
and what we expect to achieve,” said LBED chair, conference will cover reports from LBED’s nine
Vanda Klumper. “We’ve had a fantastic response standing committees, with recommendations
to our demand setting survey and that tells me on where our current contract falls short
our members have set their sights on a strong in categories such as health and safety,
and significantly improved contract.” privatization, PVR, pay and employment equity,
In fact, more than 90 per cent of locals benefits and pensions. Delegates will then
submitted completed surveys for the pre- break out into three workshops for additional
bargaining planning committee to study before discussion on these key issues.
presenting the findings to delegates next The second day will feature a morning
weekend. plenary session dedicated to building solidarity
The pre-bargaining conference — the first between LBED’s three sectors (retail, logistics
for liquor board employees since they became a and head office), before heading into elections
division of the Ontario Public Service Employees for a bargaining team.
Union (OPSEU) – promises a full agenda with “We’ve crammed a whole lot of discussion
plenty of opportunity for delegates to examine and activity into two days, but in the end I think
closely what LBED’s 6,000 members have the exercise will be well worth it,” said Klumper.
identified as key issues in their workplaces and “Our aim is to negotiate the strongest possible
employment status. contract and the pre-bargaining conference is a
OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) vital first step.”
Thomas will open the pre-bargaining conference
on May 24 with an address that is expected to
reinforce the union’s central message that
2008-09 represents the “perfect storm” in labour
negotiations with the provincial government
and its agencies – including the LCBO — with Ontario Public Service Employees Union
contracts covering 90,000 members set to 100 Lesmill Road, Toronto, Ontario M3B 3P8
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LBED Executive Contacts Letter to the Editor:
LBED Chair Sister Mary Berry
Local 165, Stratford
email@example.com strikes back!
Denise Davis Local 286 president replies to
LBED Vice-Chair/ Local 378
Durham Warehouse, Whitby reader’s call for LCBO privatization
Paula Sossi Privatization of the Employees are occasionally
Local 285, New Hamburg
LCBO is no solution threatened. We work closely
(St. Catharines Standard, May 12, 2008)
with local police to ensure social
responsibility and community
Susan Lusty Re: Privatize liquor sales safety. Last year alone, the
Chair, Benefits & Pension
and invest in health care, LCBO challenged more than 1.7
Local 376, Alcona (St. Catherines Standard, May 1, 2008) million customers provincewide
who appeared to be drunk or
Tracy Vyschaft Readers should not be underage. More then 112,000
Chair, Health & Safety misled by the views of Grace were refused.
Local 377, Oshawa
Griffiths on the LCBO. Privatization is no solution.
firstname.lastname@example.org I can say with certainty that In the past five years the LCBO
no retail LCBO worker earns has generated $5.2 billion to
Chair, Education & anything close to the Sunshine build and maintain schools,
Communication Committee List. Most of the LCBO’s
hospitals, recreation facilities
email@example.com workforce is casual (part-time) and much more.
and receives no benefits, no The public should be very
pension and no job security. troubled by the increase in
Get on We do a lot more than put privately-run LCBO Agency
the list! wine in bags. Our responsibilities stores. Agency stores represent
You can receive the include stocking shelves, creeping privatization of
unloading trucks, operating cash the LCBO. Close to 100
Echo directly by fax or
registers, performing office and communities served by Agency
e-mail. Just let us know
banking duties and cleaning the stores should have a real LCBO
how to reach you.Give
interior and exterior of stores. outlet, which would trigger
us your secure email
We are customer service agents economic development, social
address or fax number who are expected to maintain responsibility and increased
by calling OPSEUdirect : a thorough knowledge of the revenue to the provincial
1-800-268-7376 or products we sell. treasury.
416-443-8888. Equally important, we The LCBO is a well-
are the eyes and ears of the run business that belongs
community when it comes to the people of Ontario.
to monitoring who actually Public ownership means the
purchases product. We keep LCBO’s well-trained staff puts
alcohol out of the hands of community safety ahead of the
minors and those who arrive bottom line.
intoxicated. We’re expected to
perform these jobs with a smile Mary Berry, president, Local 286,
on our faces at all times. Ontario Public Service Employees
LBED stewards: Your ally on the frontlines
Union stewards are your eyes and ears on our when it comes to reimbursement while working
collective agreement. Unfortunately, their hard on behalf of members. That is, if a steward
work too often goes unrecognized by many classified as a casual is scheduled to work
members. four hours, but participates in an eight-hour
Get to know your workplace steward. committee meeting, that person is only paid for
He or she is your first line of defense when four hours under Article 1.5 (b) of the collective
management puts the squeeze on us. LBED agreement. The rest is volunteer time on your
is fortunate that so many of its stewards are behalf.
extremely dedicated volunteers who often put Your LBED steward makes the workplace
in many more hours than are required when it a whole lot more equitable for all us. They are
comes to taking care of union business. hard working folks who deserve our unreserved
For example, a casual employee who has support.
taken on the job of steward can be shortchanged
LCBO plays hardball over new contact centre
LBED to take re-location issues to arbitration
LCBO management is giving every indication planned to open the new contact centre. The
it’s prepared to ignore Article 49 of the collective move downtown will affect about 25 members
agreement by refusing to acknowledge there will working at head office (Local 5109) and at the
be significant technological changes affecting GTA Help Desk and Gifting (Local 5107).
our members caused by the re-location of the Our members have several concerns about
contact centre from Mississauga to 1 Yonge the change, including hours of operation, opting
Street in downtown Toronto. in-out provisions, job security, “green circling,”
In a May 8 note to LBED negotiator Rob seniority, call monitoring and ergonomic design
Field, LCBO’s director of employee relations, that affects health and safety.
Wayne Zachar, flatly declared: “Based on the “The employer has left us no choice but to
information available to me at this time, there take this grievance to arbitration,” said Field.
has been no violation of the collective agreement “We’ve had five meetings with the LCBO over
and this grievance is denied.” this since the beginning of the year and it’s quite
LBED filed a grievance earlier this year after clear management chooses to ignore Article 49.”
the employer gave notice last December that it Field expressed the union’s frustration with
the employer’s stonewalling in a note to Zachar.
The Echo is authorized for distribution by: “The policy grievance was filed in an effort
to address members’ concerns that were not
being resolved by the Employer. If the Employer
Vanda Klumper is unwilling to acknowledge and address those
Chair, LBED concerns, then the Union has no other recourse
but to move this matter on to arbitration
forthwith,” wrote Field.
No date has been set for the arbitration
Warren (Smokey) Thomas
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