LCBO workers are worth more!

LCBO workers put their bodies on the line during the pandemic – they were called heroes.

But then the Ford government cut their wages during a cost-of-living crisis, making an existing retention and recruitment crisis even worse.

Ford’s pay cut has been especially tough on women working at the LCBO, including racialized women who are the lowest paid and most precariously employed.

The LCBO is a Crown corporation owned by the people of Ontario. Every year, all of its profits are transferred to the Ontario government. In 2021-22 alone, those profits were $2.5 billion — money invested in public services like health care, education and infrastructure that the people of Ontario depend on.

Reverse the pay cuts

Reverse the effects of Bill 124 and negotiate decent wages for the nearly 9,000 LCBO workers across Ontario.

Keep it public

Keep alcohol sales in public hands to protect Ontarians and our communities, and to ensure LCBO profits are invested in our vital public services.

Invest in Ontario

Invest in Ontario workers by providing full-time, good paying jobs at the LCBO.

RSVP now for March 12

Day of Actions for LCBO workers

You did it! LCBO members, leaders and your Bargaining Team, along with others at OPSEU/SEFPO have worked together to get almost 70% of all LCBO members to sign our petition to keep the LCBO public.

We’re bringing the message to Ford that the LCBO workers are fighting back.

On March 12, from 10-11 am in a series of coordinated actions across multiple locations, we’re delivering our petitions to MPPs offices. Exact location and more details to come.

RSVP here!


Help gather support with this LCBO staff petition

We’re going to show the provincial government just how strongly Ontarians feel that LCBO Workers Are Worth More!

You can help! Just download our petition, and gather as many signatures as you can.

Please return completed petitions – original copies only! – to OPSEU/SEFPO, 100 Lesmill Road, Toronto, ON M3B 3P8.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like to arrange the pick-up of filled petitions, please send us an email and we’ll be in touch:

Why Keep It Public?

The LCBO pays for vital public services

Profits from traditional LCBO stores pump billions of dollars a year into building better hospitals, schools and other valuable public services. Owners of LCBO Convenience Outlets put ten cents of every dollar you spend into their pockets and billionaire grocery store owners also skim a percentage of every sale.

The LCBO can be trusted to protect kids

Polling has shown that Ontarians are 12 times more likely to choose the LCBO over private stores to keep beer and wine out of the hands of kids. Private stores are motivated by profits and want to sell more alcohol to more people. LCBO workers turn away hundreds of thousands of kids and intoxicated people every year and receive ongoing training to protect the public. They are responsible, reliable, accountable and dependable.

Private alcohol sales threaten our access to quality health care

Research1 shows that once Ontario started selling alcohol in grocery stores, there were over 24,000 more people admitted to emergency rooms with alcohol-related issues than in the two years before. We need all our medical resources to fight the pandemic. If alcohol sales continue to expand this will mean longer ER wait times, reduced ability to fight COVID-19, and more alcohol use, illness and deaths.

1 – Myran DT, Chen JT, Giesbrecht N, Rees VW. The association between alcohol access and alcohol‐attributable emergency department visits in Ontario, Canada. Addiction. 2019 Mar 29. DOI: 10.1111/add.14597