LCBO Strike Vote 2024: Frequently Asked Questions

LCBO Strike Vote 2024: Frequently Asked Questions

LCBO workers are fighting back! Bargaining Update
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LCBO Strike Vote 2024: June 12-15

We’re holding an online and phone strike vote!
Together, we can vote YES to win!

Why are we taking a strike vote?

Ford’s fixated on fast-tracking the expansion of alcohol sales to help fast-track an election. He’s wasting more than $1 billion of our money to do it. And the LCBO is rolling out the red carpet for this expansion.

We came to the bargaining table ready to fight to save the LCBO: to stop contracting out, protect our jobs and make them better.

The LCBO doesn’t want to bargain – we need to show them that all LCBO workers stand behind our demands.

Does this mean we’re going on strike?

A successful strike vote doesn’t mean that we are automatically going on strike. It does show the LCBO & Ford Government that we’re ready and willing to strike if we need to!

Why should I vote YES?

Vote YES to win! A strong YES vote will send the bargaining team back to the bargaining table with the full strength of the membership – more than 9,000 LCBO workers – behind them. This will give us the power to make progress on issues like wages, permanent and full-time jobs, and stopping privatization to save the LCBO.

That’s why, on June 12-15, we need everyone to vote YES in favour of taking strike action if necessary.

Make sure you’re signed up: in order to vote, we need your contact information!

All voting will be by secret ballot and take place online or by phone. A Canadian company named Simply Voting will email you on Monday June 10 to confirm you are registered for the vote. This email will come from vote@simplyvoting.com. Check your spam folder if you don’t see it and contact us if you did not get one.

On Wednesday June 12, Simply Voting will email you a link with your unique ID and PIN and instructions on how to vote on their secure, confidential platform.

To send you this information and an online ballot, we need your correct email address.

If you have not filled out a member application form, you can do so here: https://hub03.opseu.org/Forms/emaweb

If you have, you can register for or update your information on the member portal: https://members.opseu.org/

Instructions on how to create an account and update your info can be found here: https://shorturl.at/V9QXL

If you do not have an email address, please contact us at 1-833-266-2804 so we can set you up with credentials.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When can I vote?
A:
The strike vote will start at 8am on Wednesday June 12 and end at 6pm on Saturday June 15. Members can vote at any time during that period.

Q: Who’s eligible to vote?
A: Every OPSEU/SEFPO member working at the LCBO is eligible to vote, including all full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal, and fixed term employees. Members on Long Term Income Protection (LTIP), Worker’s Compensation, maternity and other leaves are also entitled to vote.

Q: How do I vote?
A: You’ll receive instructions and your unique ID and PIN directly from Simply Voting. (Don’t forget to check your spam folder.) You can vote online using a smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can vote by phone by calling 1-877-270-1276. If you don’t receive an email from Simply Voting, contact us at: lbedbargaining@opseu.org or call1-833-266-2804.

Q: How do I vote if I do not have access to an email address?
A: Please contact us at: 1-833-266-2804 to receive your voter ID and instructions on how to vote.

Q: Will anyone (including the employer) know how I vote?
A: No! The vote is a secret ballot.

Q: What will the ballot say?
A: The options on the ballot will be:

YES – I authorize the Bargaining Team to call a strike if necessary in order to achieve an acceptable collective agreement.

NO – I do not authorize the Bargaining Team to call a strike

Vote YES to give us the power to win!

Q: I’m on vacation/away can I still vote?
A: Yes! You can vote anywhere so long as you have access to the internet or a phone.

Q: What happens if I’m not on the voting list or do not receive credentials?
A: If you do not receive an email from Simply Voting, contact OPSEU/SEFPO at lbedbargaining@opseu.org or call 1-833-266-2804.

Q: How are votes tabulated?
A: Votes are counted province wide by Simply Voting. A majority of more than 50 per cent of ballots cast is needed to either accept or reject a vote in favour of a strike. But a stronger strike vote means more power at the bargaining table!

Q: Who will be observing/scrutineering the count?
A: Your Bargaining Team will meet virtually to observe the vote count and results.

Q: When will the results be released?
A: OPSEU/SEFPO will send an email to all LBED members on the evening of Saturday June 15 announcing the result of the vote. The results will be made public at that time.