LCBO employees fighting unfair treatment by managers
launched to protest conditions and unfair firings
of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario staged an information picket
July on 14 to protest unfair firings and suspensions of 24 workers at
the board's warehouse in London.
John Coones, president of the Ontario Liquor Boards Employees' Union (OLBEU/NUPGE),
rejected statements by management that they employees were absent from
"They were off sick. They had doctor's notes and they were fired," he
said. "The terminations and suspensions were unjustified."
More demonstrations will be held until management reinstates fired
employees back, Coones said.
- The Ontario Liquor Boards Employees' Union (OLBEU/NUPGE) is
launching a province-wide campaign to protest poisoned working
conditions, the firing of 14 employees and the suspension of 10
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has accused the workers at its
London operations of participating in an unauthorized job action by
calling in sick. The union says all employees were off the job for
Union president John Coones requested an urgent meeting with
management to deal with the situation in June. However, three days
before the meeting was to have been held, the termination and
suspension notices were issued.
"Over the past number of months, warehouse director Steve Marshall has
deliberately attempted to provoke a reaction from employees through a
number of policy changes and mistreatment of the employees at that
facility," the union says.
Two of the main issues involved are the treatment of casual employees
and insufficient notice for overtime work.
Other issues include management prohibitions against drinking "coffee
or a can of pop" while in the LCBO warehouse and listening to radios
at work. Locks have also been removed from employee lockers and work
schedules are not being posted in keeping with the terms of the
Coones has informed Wayne Zachar, director of staff relations for the
LCBO, that the union will no longer allow grievances to be handled by
Instead, all employee disputes in future will be referred directly to
an independent arbitrator, precluding direct negotiations between
lawyers for the two sides.
Coones also announced that the union "will be launching a
province-wide campaign making public the LCBO's treatment of its
employees and their working conditions."
Information pickets will be established at various LCBO logistics
facilities, retail stores, depots, regional offices and head offices
across the province.
The union is also appealing for support to sympathetic legislature
member's at Queen's Park. The LCBO reports to Jim Watson, Ontario's
Liberal minister of consumer affairs.
Web posted by NUPGE:
8 July 2004