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Possible LCBO strike May 18. Update: Chaos & Mayhem Averted. No Strike.

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Cheap Cat wrote:
May 9th, 2013 12:10 am
This is all media hype. There is always a strong strike mandate. It really should be a 100% because anyone who votes against it is an idiot. But again the masses don't understand collective bargaining. They also don't understand the issues or what LCBO workers face or they would be posting stupid comments here.
Enlighten us on the issues LCBO workers face. Please, I'd love to know what an unskilled retail worker has to deal with that earns them multiple times the wage of any other retail worker.
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Cheap Cat wrote:
May 9th, 2013 12:10 am
This is all media hype. There is always a strong strike mandate. It really should be a 100% because anyone who votes against it is an idiot. But again the masses don't understand collective bargaining. They also don't understand the issues or what LCBO workers face or they would be posting stupid comments here.
It's true they don't understand collective bargaining. In their homelands, they are told it's no big deal when employees are jumping to their deaths or being crushed by a collapsing factory. These are the types of working conditions, they'd like to import, and why they get so upset at the idea that workers actually have the right to negotiate better wages and working conditions.
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Piro21 wrote:
May 9th, 2013 12:21 am
Enlighten us on the issues LCBO workers face. Please, I'd love to know what an unskilled retail worker has to deal with that earns them multiple times the wage of any other retail worker.
You should join a union, or try to create one instead of whining about making a fraction what LCBO workers make.
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The last near-strike resulting in record sales. I'm sure this one will be no different. Agreement reached right before the deadline. If not, make room for privately owned liquor stores....I hope.
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Piro21 wrote:
May 9th, 2013 12:21 am
Enlighten us on the issues LCBO workers face. Please, I'd love to know what an unskilled retail worker has to deal with that earns them multiple times the wage of any other retail worker.
In the last year alone we had to call the cops two times because a group of drunkies threatens to beat/kill me after work and yes they did waited for me outside the store. Not to mention how much verbal abuse we get when we deny a sale to someone who doesn't have I.D. or are intoxicated. Too much crazy stories of how far people will go for their boozes.
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One of my good pals at the local pub is a 20+ employee of the Beer Store, saw him and mentioned it to him tonight and he was almost comically convinced that they are definitely going to strike this time.. I don't have the stats or background details to argue him on it, so I let it be..

We shall see
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duckdown wrote:
May 10th, 2013 4:40 am
One of my good pals at the local pub is a 20+ employee of the Beer Store, saw him and mentioned it to him tonight and he was almost comically convinced that they are definitely going to strike this time.. I don't have the stats or background details to argue him on it, so I let it be..

We shall see
Beer Store is private and owned by Molsons and Labatt. So in a sense there is foreign competition/owners! But the Beer Store is a different beast altogether.

I may pick up an extra bottle of wine or 2, but I'll be on holiday anyways until the end of May.
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IceBlueShoes wrote:
May 10th, 2013 5:45 am
Beer Store is private and owned by Molsons and Labatt. So in a sense there is foreign competition/owners! But the Beer Store is a different beast altogether.

I may pick up an extra bottle of wine or 2, but I'll be on holiday anyways until the end of May.
My buddy who used to work there said they look at LCBO workers as whiney, overprivileged, who can't handle drunks or hustle (how many times, has there been a slow, inept cashier at the LCBO.. the Beer Store, they're flying you outta there).
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at1212b wrote:
May 10th, 2013 7:48 am
My buddy who used to work there said they look at LCBO workers as whiney, overprivileged, who can't handle drunks or hustle (how many times, has there been a slow, inept cashier at the LCBO.. the Beer Store, they're flying you outta there).
Beer Store employees are far worse than their LCBO counterparts. In almost every Beer Store I've ever been in, across the GTA, the employees have been curt, slow and are surly. Time to open these retail establishments up to proper competition (and not BS little "Ontario" wine stores sprinkled around).
That's the end of my rant.
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Its coming.....I still got lots of spirits at home so they can strike.
Piro21 wrote:
May 9th, 2013 12:21 am
Enlighten us on the issues LCBO workers face. Please, I'd love to know what an unskilled retail worker has to deal with that earns them multiple times the wage of any other retail worker.
Its mostly over the shifts they work rather than their hourly rates. Most of their staff is part time and a 15-20 year waiting period before they are even considered to full time. The part time shifts are said to be very inconsistent so finding another part time job cant happen as high availability is demanded. IMO if I had to work part time retail again I'd rather work a lower paid traditional one with more consistent hours than lcbo.
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rayray13 wrote:
May 10th, 2013 12:54 pm
More fuel for the fire...

"Union to file wage discrimination suit against LCBO"

For anyone curious, here's a link to some info on LCBO salaries: link
^^^ those salaries are scandalous. Even Wal-Mart store managers are hard pressed to be much over $100k, and they certainly manage a far more sophisticated and important operation than LCBOs.
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Mark77 wrote:
May 15th, 2013 5:26 pm
^^^ those salaries are scandalous. Even Wal-Mart store managers are hard pressed to be much over $100k, and they certainly manage a far more sophisticated and important operation than LCBOs.
Obscene. Run more like a fiefdom than a business.

In spite of the inconvenience to the public and business, I hope they strike. Maybe the dismantling of LCBO will happen in my lifetime.
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I do sampling in LCBOs and my agency received a message that all in store tastings are cancelled this weekend due to the potential strike.
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