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LCBO stores across Ontario closed as strike begins

Those looking to stock up on beer, wine, and liquor will have to find alternatives to the LCBO, as employees of the government-run liquor store chain goes on strike for the first time ever. 

Over 9,000 employees of the LCBO who are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) are officially on strike as of 12:01 am on Friday morning, with all LCBO locations across Ontario now closed for a period of 14 days. 

The strike comes as a result of OPSEU members and the LCBO failing to reach an agreement, particularly regarding the Ford government’s efforts to expand alcohol sales in the province. 

“For the past several months, we have engaged in collective bargaining with OPSEU in hopes of reaching a fair and equitable agreement that addresses their considerations while ensuring the long-term sustainability of our operations,” reads a release from the LCBO.

“Despite our best efforts, we have not yet been able to do so.”

If the strike remains in effect beyond the current 14-day planned store closures, 32 LCBO locations will reopen for limited in-person shopping with a condensed opening schedule on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 

In the meantime, the LCBO’s online ordering remains open with free home delivery, and Ontario residents are also encouraged to hit up their local breweries, wineries, and distilleries to purchase beverages. 

See the full release on the LCBO website

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