LCBO workers could strike days before Canada Day long weekend

Workers at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario could go on strike just days before the Canada Day long weekend.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union requested a ''no board'' report from the Ministry of Labour, which sets a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on June 26.

Negotiations are still ongoing and the LCBO says it is hopeful a negotiated collective agreement can be reached.

But, it says, in the event that doesn't happen, the LCBO is putting contingency plans in place.

The LCBO says it believes the union timed its ''no board'' request so that a labour disruption could come during one of the most significant sales periods of the year.

The 8,000 unionized LCBO workers have been without a contract since March 31 and voted 93 per cent in favour of a strike in April.