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 effects of Bill 124 and negotiate decent wages for the nearly 9,000 LCBO workers across Ontario.
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 workers by providing full-time, good paying jobs at the LCBO.
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.
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.
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