Strike Looms at LCBO

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TORONTO — Ontario restaurant owners could be faced with low alcohol stock with news that the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) workers could be walking off the job Friday morning.

The strike isn’t just a problem for retail customers as full case orders by agents are already being affected due to an increase in demand at the LCBO-controlled warehouses.

“Our hands are tied if the LCBO does walk out,” Steven Campbell, president of Lifford Wine & Spirits Inc., a provider of premium wines through the consignment program, which handles direct-case orders for restaurants, is quoted as saying by The Globe and Mail. “We’re beyond capacity to handle any more business, and I suspect most of the agents will be in the same position.”

The possible strike comes as LCBO’s unionized workers lobby for more hours at stores that are predominately staffed by casual part-time workers. If the strike goes through, it would be the first in the LCBO’s nearly 90-year history.

The good news is retail beer stores and domestic winery and winery-owned stores will remain open.

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