Tentative agreement reached in LCBO talks

(June 24/09) After extending the deadline for negotiations, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union have reached a deal to avert a province-wide strike.  According to a June 24 media advisory, a new tentative collective agreement has been reached. 

 “We’re relieved to hear this news,” says CRFA’s Ontario Vice President, Stephanie Jones.  “A strike by LCBO workers would have had a devastating impact on Ontario’s 15,500 licensed restaurants and bars, especially at this busy time of year.”

Although a strike is now less likely, CRFA believes that there are outstanding issues that still need to be addressed to ensure the future viability of Ontario’s licensed operators, including the need for true wholesale pricing on beer, wine and spirits and the value of privatizing the province’s Ontario’s liquor purchasing and distribution system.

”Hopefully this threatened strike action has opened the eyes of government, regulators, licensees and the general public to the need for beverage alcohol reform in Ontario,” says Jones.  “We look forward to carrying this message forward in the weeks and months to come.”