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Collective Bargaining Bulletin Issue #16 – July 15, 2009

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Members ratify new collective agreement

Team thanks the members for their support

OPSEU members in the Liquor Board Employees Division Have ratified their new collective agreement after a two-day vote held July 13-14.

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“This contract belongs to the members,” says LBED bargaining team chair Vanda Klumper. “In every step of the process, it was our members who stood solidly behind us, and delivered when we needed them too.”

The new contract is a crowning achievement to an incredible bargaining campaign that struck a chord with both members and the public.

“This campaign was centred around a very simple idea: Good jobs for the people of Ontario,” says Klumper. “Everyone bought into that concept, and very few people could dispute that good jobs are the cornerstone of a good economy. From there, it was easy to keep focused on getting the new contract.”

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President, congratulates the entire Division for a job well done.

“Everywhere you looked, there were signs of support and solidarity,” says Thomas. “From posters to buttons to ‘booze bucks’ the message was simple, strong and visible. That’s the key to any successful bargaining campaign, and our LBED members were champions.”

Klumper says that the real work now begins: the daily enforcement of the new contract.

“Our contract will be defined by how well we enforce it in the offices, in the stores and in the warehouses,” she says. “That work will pay off when we bargain a new agreement four years down the road.”

Complete details of the new agreement are in Bargaining Bulletin #14 dated June 25 and available online

Your bargaining team

Vanda Klumper, Chair, OPSEU Local 165 vklumper@rogers.com

Denise Davis, Vice-Chair, Local 378 djdcones@yahoo.ca

Dora Robinson, Local 376 dora.robinson@gmail.com

Tracy Vyfschaft, Local 377 tcshaft@xplornet.com

Lori Davis, Local 499 loridavis@xplornet.com

Colleen MacLeod, Local 5107 colleenmacleod@opseu5107.org

Laurie Miller, Local 682 lauriem3@sympatico.ca

Your mobilizers!

Guy Jeremschuck: Local 162

Dave Holmes: Local 163

Mike Robertson: Local 164

Mike Sullivan: Local 165

Bonnie Jolley: Local 284

Paula Sossi: Local 285

Deb Altoft: Local 286

Shawn Swayze: Local 287

Matt Savelli: Local 287

Frank Gullace: Local 288

Maria Bauer: Locals 375, 3766

Doug Parks: Locals 377, 378

Eileen Allen: Local 379

Terri Taylor: Locals 497, 498

Devon Ford: Locals 499, 4100

Kevin Ramsay: Locals 5107, 5110

Roberto Ianni: Locals 5108, 5111

Craig Hadley: Locals 5109, 5110, 5111

Mellisa Jackson: All Locals in OPSEU Region 6

Anne Makela: All Locals in Region 7

Thank you!

Your 2009 Bargaining Bulletin is authorized for distribution by:

Vanda Klumper, Chair,
Liquor Board Employees Division

Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, OPSEU
Ontario Public Service Employees Union