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LCBO tells Ontarians to “stock up” before long weekend

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With Victoria Day weekend on the way, the LCBO has one message for Ontarians: Stock up now. 

In April, 95 percent of LCBO employees voted in favour of a strike, and according to a report in the Star, neither the agency nor the workers’ union is optimistic about reaching a deal before this Friday’s strike or lockout deadline, which also happens to be the Friday leading into the long weekend.  

The potential strike comes from unresolved issues regarding wages, benefits, job security, and improvements to health and safety, as the two sides have been bargaining since February. 

“A major sticking point for the union is hours of work with some employees called in to do a little as two-hour shifts a day,” OPSEU president Warren Thomas told the Star.

If workers do take to the picket line later this week, it will be the first strike in the LCBO’s 87-year history. 

But whether there’s a strike or not, cottagers will also want to keep in mind that LCBO stores will definitely be closed on Victoria Day, which falls on May 20th this year.