Union campaigns to help Zellers workers
UFCW says its efforts will help staff at Thunder Bay store facing Target takeover
Posted: Feb 8, 2012 10:59 AM ET
Last Updated: Feb 8, 2012 10:40 AM ET
The union representing workers at several Zellers stores is campaigning against Target's hiring policy.
Target is converting more than 100 Zellers locations in Canada, including the Intercity Mall in Thunder Bay.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union said employees must re-apply for the same job — but at starting pay.
Spokesperson Kevin Shimmin said he hopes enough pressure will change Target's mind.
“The first step is trying to get enough community support in Thunder Bay and to demand that it does the right thing,” Shimmin said.
No Thunder Bay stores are represented by UFCW, however the union said its campaign will help all workers. All workers, it said — regardless of whether they belong to the UFCW or not — are being told to apply at entry-level pay rates.
Target did not return CBC's calls for comment on this story.
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