TORONTO — A Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) strike has been averted, as a deal was reached just a couple hours short of the midnight deadline, Friday morning.
“These were very tough negotiations,” said Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union in a statement. “But I’m pleased to announce that our bargaining team is satisfied with the tentative contract agreement reached with the LCBO.”The key issue was reportedly part-time and temporary work hours. And, although the Board of Directors and workers still have to vote to rectify the deal, the bargaining committee is recommending that members accept it.
This would have been the first strike in the LCBO’s nearly 90-year history.