As the Victoria Day long weekend looms, Ontarians might find themselves scrambling for their holiday booze.
The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) and its union are facing off in contract talks deadlocked largely over the use of part-time employees.
The Toronto Star reports the LCBO warned customers to stock up before the weekend in case a strike or lockout hits on Friday. If it does, it would be the first such stoppage in the board's 87-year history, the Star said.
Almost 60 per cent of LCBO's 7,000 unionized employees are part-time casual workers, board spokeswoman Sally Ritchie told the Star. She defended the wage range of just under $15 to just over $20 an hour.
"These are good jobs with a good employer," she said. "It’s a retail environment and we have to staff according to what customer demands are."
But the Ontario Public Service Employees Union calls these "part-time, disposable jobs" that provide noRead More »from Ontario liquor stores face strike or lockout Friday on eve of Victoria Day long weekend