UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

December 18, 2012 14:46 ET

Target Canada on the Naughty List of More Than 1,000 Canadians

Santa Claus to lead delegation of community groups to present Target Canada Headquarters with more than 1,000 protest letters over Target's mistreatment of Zellers employees and the labour rights of Canadian retail workers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2012) - A delegation of former Zellers workers, community leaders, and labour rights advocates will be calling on the Holiday Spirit tomorrow as they gather in front of Target Canada headquarters to hand deliver more than 1,000 protest letters from Canadians expressing their displeasure with Target's Walmart-Scrooge-like treatment of retail workers and former Zellers employees in particular.

"I'm very, very disappointed by the way Target is treating Zellers workers. Not only are these hard working people with families, but they're also my fellow Canadians," says Santa Claus, a long-standing resident of Canada's Northwest Territories, who will be at tomorrow's demonstration to lead the community delegation in presenting Target with the stack of not-so-festive letters.

After taking a quick puff of his pipe, Santa adds that he's been keeping a stern eye on the American-based retailer ever since it was first announced that every Zellers worker would be fired and forced to reapply for the same job, in the same place, but for starting pay - in spite of more than 30 years of loyalty, retail experience and outstanding service, in some cases.

In addition to helping Santa deliver the letters, the community delegates have been working elvishly on a new collection of special holiday songs, including "Target is Coming to Town", "Red and White Christmas", and "Bullseye the Red Nosed Pitbull."

"Target has chosen to take a path in Canada that is utterly unfair and socially irresponsible when it comes to Zellers workers and their communities, and because of that, more and more Canadians are seeing Target as the Grinch of the retail industry," says Kevin Shimmin, an anti-poverty activist and retail union organizer for the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW Canada). "Tomorrow is all about showing Target that a growing number of Canadians are taking notice and they don't approve of giving 10,000 Zellers workers and their families a pink slip for a holiday gift. Together, we want and need fairness in the retail industry."

ATTN: TORONTO-GTA NEWS AND ASSIGNMENT EDITORS FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2012

What:

  • Rally at Target Canada's head office in support of Zellers workers' fight for fairness at Target

When:

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 11 a.m.

Where:

  • Target Canada head office: 5570 Explorer Drive, Mississauga ON L4W 4Y2

Who:

  • Santa Claus
  • Zellers workers and the Ask Target for Fairness Campaign
  • Workers Action Centre
  • Basics Community News Service
  • UNITE HERE Local 75
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW Canada) Local 175
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW Canada) Local 1000A
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW Canada) Local 1993

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