Public sector union challenges 7-Eleven’s plan to serve booze

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TORONTO — A union that represents many of Ontario’s liquor store workers says it objects to 7-Eleven’s recent liquor sales licence applications in Ontario, part of the retailer’s plan to serve alcohol in some of its stores.

The multinational convenience store chain said in February that it plans to serve Ontario-made beer and wine products, using trained servers during limited hours in certain areas of its stores.

But the Ontario Public Service Employees Union says 7-Eleven’s plans could hurt homegrown businesses and expose children to intoxicated people in stores.

The public notice phase opened on Feb. 12 for 61 7-Eleven Canada locations, which are applying with the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario to host indoor alcohol consumption — though the stores would not be eligible to offer liquor takeout or delivery.

But the union says that granting the licences could set the province on a path to permitting sale of bottles of wine and six-packs in all of the convenience stores in the province.

The union says stopping private alcohol sales will be a priority later this month when collective bargaining begins for its 13,000 members that work at the LCBO.