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Sunday, February 06, 2005

Quebec liquor stores have been closed for 12 weeks? OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Quebec liquor stores expected to reopen

Canadian Press
Saturday, February 5, 2005 - Page A11

MONTREAL -- Liquor stores are expected to reopen soon in Quebec after an agreement was reached yesterday to end a work stoppage that has lasted three months and had an impact on most of the province's residents.

Impact? No hockey, no booze? Is anyone tracking the crime and suicide rates?

The union representing 3,800 striking Quebec liquor workers said that it had reached a tentative deal with the Quebec Liquor Corp. The union, affiliated with the Confederation of National Trade Unions, said in a statement the two sides reached the agreement in principle earlier yesterday. The workers will vote on the deal Tuesday, the union said.

Ya, here's the negotiation; get-the-fuck back to work boys, before the whole province goes postal.

"The negotiating committee will recommend that this agreement in principle, and the back-to-work protocol, be accepted at an executive meeting and at the general meeting," the union said. Union leaders had recommended against previous offers from the liquor corporation. Details of the agreement in principle were not released.

The key point in the dispute was scheduling for part-time workers, and tensions increased as the strike dragged on.

Hey eh... We get our Tims breaks too, ya know?

Pickets dumped 20 Christmas trees in front of a Montreal store last month.


Several hundred demonstrators also formed a human chain around the liquor agency's Montreal headquarters last month and pickets showed up at the homes of some executives. Vandals have also broken the windows of several outlets outside Montreal and three pickets were arrested for throwing a stink bomb and for assault.

Can someone give me a scientific definition of a "stink bomb".

Fifty stores in Quebec were kept open by managers. But the result was long lines and frustrated customers in the province that drinks more wine than anywhere else in the country, and has among most discerning drinkers.

We want our Bordeaux, tabernac!

Quebec accounts for about 40 per cent of all the wine drunk in Canada. The average imbiber in Ontario drank 11 litres of wine last year; in Quebec, it was 17 litres.


Bottles of wine were still available at corner stores, but such dépanneurs normally stock only low-end vintages.

Can you spell Manischewitz?

Some newspapers and television stations had fun with the new need to buy from dépanneurs. Some newspapers published handy tear-out guides with quotes from wine experts above photos of different vintages. One local television station even brought a sommelier into a dépanneur to sample the wares.


The strike became the main talking point for Quebeckers, and resulted in tensions when many Quebec residents crossed the picket lines to enter management-run stores. That left many of the unionized store employees wondering what ever happened to the province's vaunted sense of social solidarity.

"Don’t cry oh, mothers, it's not for nothing
Above the shipyard a flag of black ribbons
For bread, for freedom, for a new Poland
Janek Wisniewski"

The work stoppage was expected to hit hard at the bottom line of the government-owned liquor commission -- it occurred over the holiday season, which accounts for as much as 40 per cent of its $2.7-billion in annual sales.


One of the beneficiaries was the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, that saw sales rise.

Those Upper Canadians, always exploiting the Quebecoise - Maudite Anglais...


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