LCBO workers in Timmins take to picket line, 'we all own the LCBO'
LCBO employees across the province have voted in favour of a strike. (File photo)
Lydia Chubak, CTV Northern Ontario
Published Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:55PM EDT
Liquor Control Board of Ontario employees are picketing for public support.
Over the next two weeks, members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union at the LCBO will be staging information pickets outside local stores.
In Timmins on Thursday, workers handed out pamphlets and asked people to help them fight to keep the LCBO.
Union leaders told CTV the provincial government is pushing a privatization agenda by selling beer, wine and cider in other stores.
“We all own the LCBO,” Denise Davis, chair of the OPSEU bargaining team.
“Premier Wynne does not own the LCBO, we do, the citizens of Ontario and if they keep expanding these sales into private investors that are only worried about profit, they're going to be taking home profits and they will not be putting them back into the public services that we all need.”
Union members have been working without a contract since March 31st.
They're hoping to get back to the bargaining table the first week of June.
93% of members have voted in favour of a strike, if necessary.