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Available Expert - LCBO extends store hours as strike looms

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Queen’s University labour expert George Smith is available to comment on the looming LCBO strike. As reported Thursday, the provincial chain has announced that select stores will have extended hours. The hours are designed to let people shop ahead of a possible strike or lockout.

Thousands of unionized LCBO employees will be in legal strike position by 12:01 a.m. Monday.

“The LCBO must be responsible in the settlement since taxpayers are the ultimate shareholders but they also have pressure since the Government of Ontario has introduced legislation to assist part-time/contingent workers,” says Professor Smith. “The union will leverage this pending legislation and government policy change as much as they can. And, you will notice that the union is deemphasizing wages because, truth be known, these workers are already well compensated (wages plus benefits). I still believe that a settlement is in the interest of both parties. A strike most certainly will raise the privatization issue again.”

Please note Professor Smith is available until noon Thursday, June 22 for print interviews only.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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