Wine Rack workers will go on strike on June 7. Community members are required to support workers by purchasing wine elsewhere during the picket. Workers continue to demand that teachers and educators who own Wine Rack through the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan take action to protect their investments from long-term reputational risks caused by strikes and subsequent negative media attention. Workers claimed that Wine Rack’s uncompromising was not based on financial issues, but merely based on anti-union prejudice, which prompted Wine Rack to continue to reject workers’ requirements for qualification rights.
Toronto, June 5, 2021 (Global News Agency)-Wine Rack workers in association with SEIU (International Service Workers Union) Local 2 will go to the picket line at 1 pm on Monday, June 7. The workers voted overwhelmingly for the strike on May 11, and the last attempt to reach a fair solution with management failed on June 4. Therefore, workers will picket at several Wine Rack locations in Toronto and ask community members to buy wine in other stores to support the workers’ strike.
Wine Rack employees stated that their employers refuse to implement a fair scheduling system that respects seniority, so they choose to put their anti-union ideology before fair treatment of workers. Instead, Wine Racks insists on arbitrarily assigning working hours, ignoring the number of years of service. This means that even long-term employees do not have reliable working hours, and the weekly schedule varies greatly.
“High-level rights are a basic right for non-probationary union employees. Almost all union employees can count on getting enough working hours based on the term of employment,” said Ted Mansell, a business agent sitting at the negotiating table with the workers.
Arterra Wines also refuses to negotiate wages fairly and insists that members of the Greater Toronto Area accept the company’s wages for non-union workers who live outside the Greater Toronto Area.
Wine Rack worker Radha Bagat said: “Workers are attacked by Wine Rack. Most of us earn only the minimum wage. We have no choice but to strike.”
Teachers and educators are actively responding to workers’ calls for support. So far, hundreds of teachers and educators have signed a petition to OTPP in an event initiated by Wine Rack staff. www.TeachersforJustice.ca.
Those interested in supporting workers are invited to join the picket that is scheduled to start on Monday.
They will happen from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Individuals who are interested in coming to support Wine Rack employees, please send a text message to Laxy Saunthararajan (416) 319-8446 to confirm the following locations:
- 10 Dundas East Street
- 563 Sherborne Street
- 570 Bloor Street West
SEIU Local 2 represents workers in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and British Columbia.
Contact: Assya Moustaqim-Barrette