Union representing Beer Store workers calls on Ontario to

MILTON, Ontario, February 19, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The union representing workers at the Ontario Beer Store is calling on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to reject 7-Eleven’s proposal to sell alcohol for consumption on site at 61 of its convenience stores in Ontario.

BELOW A STATEMENT BY JOHN NOCK, PRESIDENT OF UFCW CANADA LOCAL 12R24 – THE UNION REPRESENTING BEER STORE WORKERS IN ONTARIO:

“Our members work hard to sell beer in a safe and responsible manner at The Beer Store. They are trained to handle age checks, deny service to drunk people, report suspected impaired drivers, and work closely with law enforcement to protect the public.

“The global anti-union convenience store chain 7-Eleven has asked the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to serve alcohol at 61 of their convenience stores across Ontario for in-store consumption. They think it’s easy. It’s not.

“It is evident that 7-Eleven is trying to find a backdoor 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. AGCO should close this proposal immediately.

“The 7-Eleven bar system has major consequences that will make our communities less safe.

“Their low-paid clerks will have to serve alcohol late at night while taking care of everything else in the store.

“Schoolchildren during lunch breaks 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 who can lower their prices and bankrupt them.

“Cheap alcohol and gas stations don’t mix. 7-Eleven stores are often located near gas stations, or even not part of the store.

“Families living near these 7-Elevens will face more alcohol-related harm and crime in their neighborhoods.

“The last thing Ontario needs right now as we try to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic is alcohol in convenience stores. It is doing nothing to rebuild our province. In fact, it threatens our communities even more, ”said John Nock, president of UFCW 12R24.

For more information, email John Nock at [email protected]