Chances are, there’s been a little talk around the office today about the approaching deadline for the LCBO and OPSEU to negotiate a new contract. More specifically, talking about a “Plan B” if it comes down to a strike.
Workers will be in a legal strike position as of 12:01 am Monday.
In the event of a strike, grocery stores will still have wine, cider and beer for sale. While grocers are not permitted to sell spirits, the LCBO says those products can be found at agency stores, which will also remain open during any labour disruption.
However, those agency stores could sell out of spirits “in short order” if a strike were to take place. OPSEU represents the warehouses. Therefore, there would be nothing going in, nothing going out of the warehouses if there is a strike.
All that being said, I made a call down to the Persian Empire distillery here in Peterborough this morning. They will not be affected by an LCBO labour disruption if it happens. The Persian Empire Distillery would remain open 7 days a week (since it has the tourist region designation)…and would continue to sell the spirits that are made here in Peterborough from their plant and retail outlet on the Queensway Court.