A BCGEU strike has started and picket lines have formed outside the liquor distribution branches in the province. The workers are demanding a 5% increase in annual pay. This strike comes amid staff shortages in the public sector. Read on to find out what will happen and how it will affect the province’s cannabis supply. Then, decide whether this strike is worth the trouble.
Picket lines will go up at BC Liquor Distribution Branch wholesale and distribution centres
The BC General Employees Union has announced targeted actions for today’s BCGEU strike. A picket line will form outside four BC Liquor Distribution Branch distribution centres in Vancouver, Delta, and Kelowna at 3:30pm. The union has warned that the strike will “significantly disrupt the supply of beer, wine, and spirits in the province.” As a result, the BC liquor industry is expected to suffer a substantial amount of economic impact.
The BC General Employees’ Union, which represents 33,000 public service workers across the province, is threatening to strike in solidarity with a government shutdown. The union’s announcement came shortly after the BCGEU issued a strike notice last Friday. A strike has been declared by the BCGEU and picket lines will form outside the distribution centres, wholesale customer centres, and Victoria’s wholesale customer care centre.
The union says wage protection is a top concern for its members. The strike could disrupt the entire B.C. liquor industry, including private stores and the hospitality industry. While a strike may disrupt the business, there are alternatives for consumers. Picket lines at BC Liquor Distribution Branch wholesale and distribution centres will not prevent shoppers from buying B.C. wine, spirits, and liquor.
The BC government has tabled a revised offer to settle the dispute between the union and the provincial government. The government has said that it will provide a wage increase of 1.75% over three years, and two percent in 2024. However, the BCGEU has countered with a proposal featuring five per cent inflation over the next two years. The government acknowledges the concerns of the public but states that critical services will continue to be provided.
The BCGEU issued a strike notice on Friday, although they have not revealed what kind of action they plan to take. The BCGEU has been in negotiations with the provincial government for nearly six months, but the last two years have seen no progress. The BCGEU has demanded an average five per cent increase over two years, and an inflation-linked bonus. However, the PSA has sent the union’s members a revised offer directly, including a nearly 11 per cent increase over three years and a $2,500 signing bonus.
While the BC government is concerned about the potential for inflation, Kahlon says the province is committed to a fair and reasonable agreement between the two sides. The government’s position on the BCGEU strike will be to continue to protect the province’s essential services, such as liquor, wine and beer. As long as the negotiations continue, BCGEU members are sure to receive the compensation they need to keep the business going.
Demand for 5% annual pay increase
The BC General Employees Union has announced that they will commence limited job action on Monday, including picket lines and targeted job action, in front of BC liquor distribution centres in Delta, Richmond and Burnaby. Picketers will also be out in force at the customer service center in Richmond. However, the union is asking workers at these locations to report to work as normal.
As part of the strike, the union has requested a 5% annual pay increase. The workers will receive strike pay at 70% of their gross pay. The BCGEU’s latest collective agreement expired in April and negotiations have been ongoing since then. A vote to take job action was held in June by 95 per cent of union members. It is unclear how long the strike will last, or what will happen to employees in the meantime.
The union says they will strike for a 5% pay increase, but only one liquor store near a Vancouver warehouse will shut down during the strike. This is because the union does not want to lose revenue by closing all liquor stores during strike hours, but because doing so would put the government in a worse bargaining position. They say that the strike will continue despite government efforts to get them a better deal.
This strike by the BCGEU has affected many businesses in the province. This strike has affected more than 600 private liquor stores, 8,000 pubs, and 200,000 employees. Despite the strike, BC consumers will still be able to purchase wine, spirits, and beer from B.C. liquor distribution centres. The liquor industry represents $15 billion dollars in economic activity in the province.
In his statement, Kahlon stressed that the government is aware of the public’s concerns over inflation, which affects those on lower pay scales disproportionately. But, he emphasized that the government is committed to the collective bargaining process and reaching a fair and reasonable agreement. The BCGEU, like all unions, are entitled to a 5% pay increase in a year, but the province will remain committed to working together with the union to ensure BC residents’ access to essential services.
On Monday, members of the British Columbia General Employees’ Union (BCGEU) began a targeted job action at the province’s liquor distribution centres to protest the employer’s offer of a 5% annual pay increase. Picket lines were set up outside of BC liquor distribution branch centres in Richmond and Delta, as well as at the wholesale customer center in Victoria. Though the strike affected business owners, such as Clayton Thornber, are unable to provide liquor to local businesses, they are not able to continue operations as usual.
Impact on cannabis supply
The BC General Employees Union, which represents employees of BC Liquor Distribution Branch, has issued a 72-hour strike notice and a picket line at four of the province’s liquor and cannabis distribution centres. The strike will start on Monday and the union is not picking up any more workers, but the disruption will impact the supply of cannabis in BC. A strike will disrupt sales in retail stores as well.
The strike will last as long as the government refuses to meet the union’s demands, but it is unclear how long the workers’ action will last. A strike could potentially disrupt cannabis supplies throughout the province for months, and the union has not said whether it plans to strike elsewhere. In addition, the strike is affecting only a small fraction of B.C.’s 33,000 members – not all of them are employed by government.
The strike has also impacted Ontario’s cannabis supply. The strike has shut down the province’s largest wholesale cannabis distribution warehouse, the Centralized Cannabis Distribution Warehouse, located in Burnaby and Richmond. Currently, the strike is not affecting the supply of cannabis at the provincial level, but it may affect sales in BC. If the strike continues, many retail stores will run out of popular products.
The most recent collective agreement expired on April 1, and negotiations began in February. The parties have met since February, but haven’t come to an agreement. The union members voted in June to strike and demand 5% raises every year for the next two years. They also want a cost-of-living increase. Recently, the Civil Service Agency (PSA) sent the union an offer that included a nearly 11% raise over three years and a $2,500 signing bonus for each member.