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LCBO Strike Averted With Tentative Contract Deal

The liquor board and the OPSEU inked a deal minutes after the strike deadline passed.

06/25/2017 23:52 EDT | Updated 06/26/2017 02:25 EDT

TORONTO — 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.

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An LCBO store on Cooper St. in Toronto, July 26, 2016.

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.

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