UFCW 12R24 calls on Ontario government to reject 7-Eleven application to open bars in convenience stores
Milton, Ont. – February 22, 2021 – UFCW 12R24, representing The Beer Store workers across the province, is calling on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to reject the proposal by 7-Eleven to sell alcohol for on-site consumption at 61 of its Ontario convenience stores.
“Our members work hard to sell beer safely and responsibly at The Beer Store,” says John Nock, President UFCW 12R24. “They are trained to handle age checks, refuse service to intoxicated people, report suspected impaired drivers and work closely with law enforcement to protect the public.”
7-Eleven’s latest ploy seeks a back door solution to selling alcohol in convenience stores at a time when small businesses and workers are struggling with the economic fallout of the pandemic.
Not only is it irresponsible to mix gassing up with on-site alcohol consumption but the shameless back room dealings of Premier Doug Ford and 7-Eleven Executives wrongfully prioritizes corporate access to government at a time when Queen’s Park needs to be putting the interest of workers and families first.
UFCW 12R24 represents over 6,500 employees working at The Beer Store in the province of Ontario. To learn more about UFCW 12R24, visit the Local Union's website.