Doug Ford breaks another promise to protect jobs, says Beer Store Workers Union

Legislation to cancel Master Framework Agreement contract will cost 7,000 jobs and billions of taxpayers dollars to put beer in corner store

CAMPBELLVILLE, Ontario, May 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today’s move by the Ontario PC government to cancel the Master Framework Agreement governing beer retailing is an assault on good-paying jobs and agreements negotiated in good faith, said the President of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 12R24, which represents Beer Store employees.

The bill introduced in the Ontario Legislature to cancel the contract would cost 7,000 jobs and billions in taxpayer dollars just so corner stores can sell beer.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my career as a union representative,” said Local 12R24 President John Nock. “We have a government that is now introducing legislation for the sole purpose of destroying the livelihood of over 7,000 Beer Store employees in communities large and small across Ontario and wasting taxpayers’ money.”

The Master Framework Agreement signed in 2015 modernized the beer retail model to expand sales to 450 grocery stores along with The Beer Store in order to maintain Ontario’s pre-tax beer prices as among the lowest in Canada and protect good-paying jobs. It was intended to provide a stable business environment for brewers, retailers and workers for 10 years.

“Doug Ford promised no one would lose their jobs as a result of his policies,” Nock said. “And now he’s cancelling contracts, creating chaos and kicking good jobs to the curb.  We will fight this government and this Premier to keep our jobs and to save the taxpayers the billions Ford is willing to pay to put beer in corner stores.”

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