May 10, 2013 11:04 am

LCBO urges customers to stock up as strike date looms

TORONTO – Victoria Day is just around the corner and so is a possible Liquor Control Board of Ontario work stoppage which may lead to longer than expected lines in the coming week.

This scenario has forced the LCBO to issue a statement Friday reminding customers to shop early regardless if there is an employee strike or not.

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“In advance of the first long weekend of the summer, customers are encouraged to shop early for the best product selections,” said LCBO Senior VP, Retail Operations Bob Clevely in a press release on Friday. “Customers entertaining this weekend can avoid any possible service disruptions by shopping our stores early and stocking up.”

The employees’ four-year contract with the LCBO ended March 31 and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, which represents more than 7,000 LCBO workers, filed an application with the Ministry of Labour for a May 17 strike deadline.

In April, the employees voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike mandate.

The union says key contract issues include boosting part-time wages and upgrades to health and safety standards.

The province has already said it has no money to spend on wage increases.

-with files from The Canadian Press

© Shaw Media, 2013

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