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Toronto, Jul 22 (Canadian-Media): A new collective agreement this week that limited the percentage of casual workers had been narrowly approved by Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) members at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO).
OPSEU, representing approximately 130,000 diverse members across Ontario, said LCBO workers voted 56 percent in favour of a tentative agreement in voting that was held earlier this week.
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The deal is also reported by OPSEU to increase job security, improve scheduling, and bring an end to the LCBO’s practice of scheduling workers for two-hour shifts.
Sudhir, an employee of LCBO is our neighbour and last night during a conversation with him he said that he was overjoyed that the job security and the scheduling two shifts for works made life easier for his family and said,
“Once my job is secured, my wife and I can plan for purchasing a house in the near future, while house prices are still stable.”
The clear message of the deal signifying that workers can win when they stand together gave encouragement to Thomas.
Thanking the OPSEU members for their support to the team during negotiations with LCBO, Denise Davis, Chair of OPSEU bargaining team said,
“We went to the table with a plan for a better LCBO,” said Davis. “It was a struggle from day one. But what made that plan a reality was the work done by members in their own communities to build public support for our proposals.
“At the end of the day, this deal will improve the lives of thousands of workers. It has put the issue of precarious work on the political
radar. And that’s all thanks to the members who worked tirelessly over the past months to make it possible,” Said Davis.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)