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OPSEU President to join rally to save Orono's LCBO

Publication Date

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 2:00pm

Orono – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas will attend a rally in Orono on Friday to hold the provincial government to its promise to maintain an LCBO store in the community.

“Orono deserves an LCBO,” said Thomas. “It’s inspiring to see a community that’s willing to take its power back from provincial politicians and corporate managers in Toronto. I’m proud to lend OPSEU’s full support to this fight.”

What: Community rally in support of Orono’s LCBO outlet 
When: Friday, Sept. 21 at 3 pm
Where: In front of Orono’s LCBO outlet, 91 Mill St.

Orono first learned its LCBO was in jeopardy late last year when managers announced the outlet would be closed, despite the fact it regularly generates a profit. Supported by OPSEU and the We Own It campaign, the community rallied—flooding their provincial MPP and municipal council members with phone calls and emails calling for the outlet to remain open.

The pressure seemed to have worked. Last April, the local MPP at the time announced the store would remain open. But in May, Orono residents received cards in the mail saying the LCBO would be closing in October.

“If the new government thought Orono was going to take this lying down, they’re in for a rude awakening,” said Tracy Vyfschaft, an LCBO employee and OPSEU Executive Board Member. “We will fight and support the community. Orono deserves an LCBO!”

For more information:  
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas: 613-329-1931
OPSEU Executive Board Member Tracy Vyfschaft: 905-809-5096