Strike Averted At LCBO

    A tentative contract agreement has been reached averting a strike by LCBO workers that was set to begin at midnight.
    The agreement was signed shortly after the strike deadline passed, and was announced in a release from the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
    Union president Warren ``Smokey'' Thomas said details of the accord would not be released before union members have a chance to examine it over the next few days.
    A ratification vote has not yet been scheduled, but Thomas said the union's bargaining team is unanimously recommending members accept the deal.
    The agreement was negotiated with the help of a mediator who imposed a media blackout on the talks.
    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.
    The LCBO had extended store hours for its outlets the past couple of days to allow customers more time to stock up in case there was a job action.