Zellers workers told they will be fired: Must reapply for their jobs in rebranded Target stores
February 9, 2012
In January 2011, Target – a U.S. based company – announced its entry into the Canadian marketplace with the purchase of leases held by 220 Zellers stores across the country. UFCW Local 175 has more than 1,000 members working at Zellers in Ontario – all of whom will be directly impacted by the conversion of these stores to Target locations.
Zellers has been around since 1931. Some workers have up to 30 years of dedicated service with the company. But Target announced that Zellers workers will be fired and will have to reapply along with everyone else for jobs at Target. Their years of loyalty and service will not be considered.
Just a month ago, on January 4, 2012, Target announced it will open its first locations in Ontario next year with the first 24 conversions scheduled for completion by Spring 2013. Our Local Union will exercise our successor rights on the rebranded stores and involve the courts if necessary to force Target to respect the collective bargaining rights of our members.
On February 7, 2012, UFCW Canada launched a national campaign called ‘Target Fairness.’ This campaign against Target features real life experiences of real Zellers workers. These stories and the faces of our Sisters and Brothers will be on billboards and bus-stop ads and of course on the targetfairness.ca
We encourage our Zellers members and all Union members to talk to friends, family and communities about what these conversions mean. Our Zellers workers are a strong group of activists and we will take a stand and demand that Target respects the loyalty and labour rights of these workers.