OPSEU Liquor Board Employees Division

OPSEU members warmly received by public at anti-privatization picket, Thunder Bay

OPSEU members at the LCBO held an eighth successful anti-privatization picket, this time in Thunder Bay. The October 15 picket was part of OPSEU’s campaign to stop the expansion of alcohol sales to grocery stores, a campaign members at the LCBO have been taking across the province since last June.

Thunder Bay Councillor Paul Pugh also attended the picket to show his support for the campaign, joining a number of area OPSEU members.


Local 741 president Anne Makela says she was encouraged by the positive reaction from the public. “Our members are seeing this wherever they host one of these information pickets,” she said. “The public does not support Premier Wynne’s government selling off what belongs to Ontarians, especially when it’s so clear they’re doing it purely for political gain.

“The LCBO is a significant source of revenue for the province. Not only that, it’s a model designed to mitigate the numerous risks associated with alcohol consumption. It’s bad public policy for the government to dismantle something so profitable and socially responsible.”

See below for more pictures from the October 15 information picket by OPSEU members at the LCBO in Thunder Bay.