LCBO workers' union takes a step toward a strike deadline

This could affect your summer barbeque plans.

The union representing LCBO workers says it has asked for a "no board" report with a strike deadline expected before the end of the month.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) accuses the LCBO of exploiting casual and seasonal workers.

In a release, bargaining team chair Denise Davis says the LCBO has left the union, "no choice but to draw a line in the sand." 

"We have workers trapped in so-called casual positions for decades, working seven days a week, and bringing home an average of less than $30,000 a year," Davis says. "And we have seasonal workers sitting at home while underpaid temp agency workers do their jobs."

The union has also criticized the provincial government's decision to sell wine and beer in grocery stores.

In late April, 93 percent of LCBO workers voted in favour of a strike mandate.