LCBO strike vote

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Postby rejtable » Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:50 am

atomeyes wrote:
depends.
there are claims that LCBO is way too top heavy for its own good.
i don't have issues with paying someone market value. but if you have too many someones, you should look at trimming fat - just like most organizations do
I acknowleged that in my post. I have no idea if the LCBO is top heavy or not, but the salaries don't seem that out of whack (to me anyway).

Thanks for the info, Steelback. Peeling back the iron curtain helps me understand the issues a lot better.

Very interesting on the ID messaging.
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Postby velovampire » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:17 am

zane9 wrote:
velovampire wrote:... I felt like I was part of some '80s dystopian future sci-fi/horror flick, and I really dug it. This world is a shitty, shitty place, and I'm glad I'm in it.


Oh you'll love it until the announcement names you personally. "Have your ID ready, velovampire. Yes, you." :wink:

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Postby Bytowner » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:29 am

... when was the last time there was a contract negotiation without a strike vote?
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Postby Ukie » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:10 am

Bytowner wrote:... when was the last time there was a contract negotiation without a strike vote?


LCBO union or labor in general?
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Postby Belgian » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:31 am

SteelbackGuy wrote:...The Social Responsibility game is all they have, and they are trying to engrain the people of this province with such thoughts.
If there is a strike, Ontarians will have little patience for it....but the empathy may come in the fact that if enough people are on board with the whole Social Responsibility thing.....what do you think?

I think a whole lot more people will be sorely chafed by the interruption of a monopolized commodity than care about the "Check25" bandwagon. Ontario consumers are very easy-going only until they really feel they are being fucked with - at which point you have induced the unlikely foment of actual social upset and strong public disapproval of the LCBO, things that could damage this venerable 'keep the sheep asleep' institution.

A strike won't happen, IMO. Too much embarassing incidental damage to later have to back-pedal and recover from.
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Postby Gedge » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:42 am

The vote has come in with 95% in favour of a strike.
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Postby Belgian » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:43 am

I should add that my own professional association has not stood up strongly enough for years, partly due to member participation apathy so 'opportunistic' wage value erosion has in fact taken place. We've recently had to step up a lot in visibility just to not be completely taken advantage of by those signing the pay agreements. No representation = no reason to pay!

There is a 'line' to be met on both sides in the deal, and every working Canadian should find out what additional money could in all justifiability be part of their earnings. That's not the same thing as just demanding 'more' regardless of all circumstances.
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Postby midlife crisis » Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:20 pm

If there is a strike, Ontarians will have little patience for it....but the empathy may come in the fact that if enough people are on board with the whole Social Responsibility thing.....what do you think?


To me the whole Social Responsibility thing is a transparently ludicrous sham and in keeping with the general MADD-induced anti-drinking paranoia that unfortunately seems to be creeping back upon us .... but I may not be typical in that regard.
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Postby Masterplan » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:23 pm

I'm calling dibs on providing scab labour for the tasting *ahem* I mean "testing laboratory".
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Postby Kel Varnsen » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:43 pm

midlife crisis wrote:
If there is a strike, Ontarians will have little patience for it....but the empathy may come in the fact that if enough people are on board with the whole Social Responsibility thing.....what do you think?


To me the whole Social Responsibility thing is a transparently ludicrous sham and in keeping with the general MADD-induced anti-drinking paranoia that unfortunately seems to be creeping back upon us .... but I may not be typical in that regard.


The whole social responsibility thing is a huge scam. I think there is probably a significant portion of LCBO employees who push it with the idea that only a trained LCBO employee can safely sell booze. It is crap though I think, because the funny thing is if a bartender sells a kid a drink, or if a store owner sells a kid a pack of smokes, they can get fined, people get fired, and establishments lose licences or get shut down. I doubt anything happens if an LCBO employee sells a kid some booze. Certainly the store doesn't get shut down.
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Postby Derek » Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:07 pm

Craft brewers cheer threat of LCBO strike?

http://o.canada.com/2013/04/10/threat-o ... dbf257da8a
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Postby xocoatl » Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:35 am

The whole social responsibility thing is a huge scam. I think there is probably a significant portion of LCBO employees who push it with the idea that only a trained LCBO employee can safely sell booze. It is crap though I think, because the funny thing is if a bartender sells a kid a drink, or if a store owner sells a kid a pack of smokes, they can get fined, people get fired, and establishments lose licences or get shut down. I doubt anything happens if an LCBO employee sells a kid some booze. Certainly the store doesn't get shut down.


This has always been my thought. The repercussions from selling to someone underage is significantly more severe for everyone else then for the LCBO. LCBO employee only would be reprimanded, and worst case fired. Anyone else would risk having the establishment lose their license and ability to sell, which would put them out of business.

So really, the socially responsible thing to do is to stop the LCBO from selling, as they are the greater risk.
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Postby rejtable » Thu Apr 11, 2013 10:44 am

To play Devil's Advocate, I assume the flip side of the repercussions you state is that the LCBO doesn't have the same profit motive as the private business so the risks/rewards in both cases are not the same.

Selling to a minor:

LCBO: low risk (you still have to buy your alcohol from them), low reward (profit motive less than private)

Store: high risk (lost sales), high(er) reward (extra profit from those sales)
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