MILTON, Ont., Feb. 19 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The union representing workers at the Ontario Beer Store is asking the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to reject 7-Eleven’s proposal to sell alcohol for consumption on-site at the 61 of its Ontario convenience stores.
BELOW IS A STATEMENT FROM JOHN NOCK, PRESIDENT OF UFCW CANADA LOCAL 12R24 – THE UNION REPRESENTING BEER STORE WORKERS IN ONTARIO:
“Our members work hard to sell beer safely and responsibly at the Beer Store. They are trained to handle age checks, refuse to serve the intoxicated, report suspected impaired drivers, and work closely with law enforcement to protect the public.
“The anti-union global convenience store chain 7-Eleven has asked the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to serve alcohol in 61 of its Ontario convenience stores for in-store consumption. They think it’s easy. It’s not.
“It is apparent that 7-Eleven is trying to find a back door to sell alcohol in convenience stores at a time when small businesses and workers are grappling with the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The AGCO should close this application immediately.
“The 7-Eleven bar system has major consequences that will make our communities less safe.
“Their low-wage clerks will have to serve alcohol, late at night, while taking care of everything that happens in the store.
“School children on lunch break will have to walk past bar patrons to get a hot dog or a Slurpee.
“Local bars and restaurants will have to compete with an American retail giant that can lower prices and shut them down.
“Cheap booze and gas stations don’t mix. 7-Eleven stores are often located near gas stations, or even part of the store.
“Families living near these 7-Elevens will face more alcohol-related mischief and crime in their neighborhood.
“The last thing Ontario needs right now as we try to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic is alcohol in convenience stores. It does nothing to rebuild our province. In fact, it threatens our communities even more,” says UFCW 12R24 President John Nock.
For more information, email John Nock at [email protected]