LCBO extends store hours ahead of potential strike

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Published June 25, 2024 at 7:31 am

LCBO extends store hours ahead of potential strike

LCBO is temporarily extending its store hours before a potential strike starting Friday, July 5.

From June 27 to July 4, Ontario’s main liquor retailer says all stores will open stores early at 9:30 a.m., and many will stay open until 10 p.m. although closing hours will vary depending on location.

“While LCBO’s focus remains on achieving a deal that is fair to bargaining unit employees and helps the LCBO continue to operate effectively and efficiently for Ontario in a new marketplace, we are confident in our plan that will allow LCBO to continue serving our customers at this time,” LCBO said in a statement issued this week.

LCBO workers have set July 5 as the date for their potential strike as they seek higher wages and more full-time jobs, saying part-time roles have become 70 per cent of their workforce.

On Saturday, the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) said 97 per cent of participating LCBO workers voted in favour of a strike.

OPSEU President J.P. Hornick says they are fearful of job losses after Premier Doug Ford’s government announced plans to open up the alcohol market to allow convenience stores and all grocery stores to sell beer, wine and ready-to-drink cocktails.

The union delivered a notice to bargain in January ahead of the March 31 expiration of its collective agreement with the LCBO.

In addition to the extended hours, LCBO says online shopping options remain available, and same-day pickup will be available until July 2.

With files from The Canadian Press

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