LCBO strike negotiations to stay corked under ‘media blackout’

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LCBO strike negotiations to stay corked under ‘media blackout’

Union says it won’t be providing any information about the talks ahead of 12:01 a.m. strike deadline

The Canadian Press Posted: Jun 24, 2017 3:20 PM ET Last Updated: Jun 24, 2017 3:35 PM ET

The 8,000 unionized LCBO workers, who have been without a contract since March 31, voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike in April.

The 8,000 unionized LCBO workers, who have been without a contract since March 31, voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike in April. (David Donnelly/CBC)

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Negotiations between the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the union representing its workers will remain a secret
ahead of a possible strike that could begin as early as Monday.

The LCBO and OPSEU had said they planned to negotiate around the clock ahead of the strike deadline set at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

But details of the bargaining are under a “media blackout”, which OPSEU says was imposed by a conciliator Saturday morning. The union says it won’t be providing any information about the talks while the blackout is in effect.

Both sides previously said that while they’re working toward a solution, consumers, bars and restaurants would be wise to make their purchases this weekend, just in case.

The LCBO said it had extended store hours — detailed on its website — so customers could get their shopping done.

The 8,000 unionized LCBO workers, who have been without a contract since March 31, voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike in April.

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LCBO strike negotiations to stay corked under ‘media blackout’

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