“These businesses were in operation, if it was a grocery store, a liquor store, the list went on,” Yussuf said. “Of course, many of these workers had to face the reality of what they paid, despite the risk of sitting at the front.” “Any other front-line worker, mostly public, receives a lump sum of 16 weeks in terms of wages. We know there are private liquor stores that offer payroll costs to their employees,” said Stephanie Smith, President of the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU). Rowe-Codner, who earns about $15 an hour in-store, says employee complaints included low wages and inconsistent hours. READ MORE: Liquor stores in B.C. Record sales during the coronavirus pandemic A plan to give boxes of chocolate to employees of B.C`s public liquor stores. is not well received by their union. Last week, 75 percent of employees at Maple Ridge`s Jak`s Beer Wine and Spirits Store voted to create a union under the umbrella of Service Employees International Local Union 2 “When the pandemic started, it was like Christmas here,” said Quentin Rowe-Codner, who has worked as an employee in the store for nearly two years. You say that while liquor store profits have increased during the pandemic, this has not resulted in improved conditions for important workers, such as those who work in stores, when business is better than ever. Employees of a private B.C. Spirits companies are hoping that their successful vote in favour of the trade union organisation will prevail at other sites, as they prepare to negotiate a collective agreement with their employer for the first time.
Since then, liquor stores have implemented a large number of security protocols, including limiting the number of customers in store and plexiglass panels for cashiers. The company issued a statement in response to the Maple Ridge Store employee union campaign, in which it said it offered employees a “competitive compensation package, including dental and medical services with 100% of bonuses paid to employees who work more than 24 hours a week.” Smith says liquor store staff were one of the first to be declared indispensable and has since taken care of Christmas sales at BC Liquor stores. “Retail businesses try to organize a very small number of employees [and] often these are high-turnover jobs. It makes it more difficult to organize. The LDB responded late Thursday to a global news commentary saying the chocolates were part of Civic Worker Appreciation Week. View the latest Crown Counsel Letter of Understanding #13 (PDF, 1.43MB) Changes to eto – What You Need to Know: Information Video This compressed information video offers a brief overview of the steps needed to implement the new language of working time in the ETO component agreement. This video is only used for training purposes. Eto Hours of Work Joint Training Video BCGEU and BCPSA jointly developed trainings on the new language of working time in the ETO Components Agreement and then organised this training for ETO staff throughout the province. This video is a recording of the kamloops training session. It is only accessible for training purposes. While Yussuf and Rowe-Codner hope this union opening could inspire other retail sites, a labor economist says the labor movement has declined in Canada. It is said that the Crown Corporation does something small every year to thank its employees.
“We feel like we don`t really have a say in our professional lives, and that`s really the root of the problem.” “Some of our most valuable collaborators, who have encyclopedic knowledge of different spirits, wines or the like, don`t do much more than I do.” Collective agreements relevant to BC Public Service: READ MORE: B.C. . . . . . .