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Ontario inches closer to liquor-store strike before long weekend

A strike that would shutter Ontario liquor stores during the May long weekend, and possibly beyond, could happen as early as 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

Let the booze hoarding begin: Ontario liquor store workers vote for strike

Members of the union that represents workers at LCBO stores — Ontario’s provincial liquor stores — have voted 95 per cent in favour of a strike.

“That number should send a pretty powerful message to LCBO management that their own employees are profoundly dissatisfied with the pace of negotiations,” Warren (Smokey) Thomas, president of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), said in a press release.

OPSEU represents more than 7,000 LCBO retail staff, warehouse workers and head office employees. Their four-year contract ended on March 31 and the union says that the two sides have been in bargaining since February with little progress.

The news created some concern among Ontarians, who would be forced to buy their booze at the Beer Store (which only sells beer), should the strike occur.

The #Sens are riding a 5-game losing streak and #LCBO workers voted in favour of a strike.#NoNeedToPanic

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