Unionized workers at the LCBO will be in a legal strike position on June 26, raising the possibility of a dry Canada Day long weekend if they don’t reach a contract with management.

Next steps are “up to the employer,” said Denise Davis, chair of the bargaining team representing 8,000 liquor store workers who are members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.

The union accuses the LCBO of leaving workers “trapped” in part-time positions for decades and charges employment practices leave too many liquor store workers vulnerable.

“If Kathleen Wynne wants to take concrete action to match her lofty promises of improved working conditions for vulnerable workers, she has the power to do that — right here, and right now,” union president Warren (Smokey) Thomas said in reference to the premier’s new workplace legislation.

“Whether she tells her managers to join with us to build a better LCBO, for workers and Ontarians, or lets the clock run down and the picket lines go up, is now up to her.”

The LCBO disputes the union allegations.


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