Provincial government workers to walk off the job at three Liquor Distribution Branch facilities
When workers go on strike, the best way to get their message across is to hurt the employer in the pocketbook.
But that's not so easy for public-sector unions because when they're walking a picket line, the government sometimes saves money.
This explains the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union's decision to start its job action by walking off the job at three Liquor Distribution Branch facilities.
The Vancouver Wholesale Customer Centre at 3200 East Broadway will be picketed from 11:30 p.m. until the end of the evening shift tomorrow (July 3).
Tomorrow, pickets will be around the Kamloops distrbution warehouse and the Victoria Wholesale Customer Centre.
These types of roving job actions often lead the employer to impose a lockout. That can help generate more sympathy for workers among the general public.
BCGEU president Darryl Walker isn't making himself available for interviews today. Last Thursday, I had a chance to speak to him while cohosting the W2 Morning Radio Project.
At the time, he said that the union had proposed allowing Sunday liquor-store openings. The union has also suggested allowing deputy sheriffs to conduct traffic safety. These two measures, according to the BCGEU, would generate $300 million in additional revenues and savings each year.
The government turned the offer down, which is one reason why workers are on strike today.
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