Striking Zellers Workers to Picket HBC Headquarters in Toronto



    TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Zellers warehouse workers who face a demand for
major concessions from their employer, including a $16,000 reduction in
salary, are heading to Hudson's Bay Company headquarters in Toronto for a
demonstration at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 12, insisting the company get
back to the bargaining table.

    
    Zellers Workers Protest at HBC Headquarters
    When:  Wednesday August 12, 2009 @ 11:00 a.m.
    Where: 401 Bay Street (Simpson Tower)
           Toronto, Ontario
           (Outside the main doors on the southeast corner of Bay Street and
            Queen Street)
    

    Warehouse workers at the Zellers Distribution Centre in Scarborough were
forced out on strike July 16 after the company tabled a list of
take-it-or-leave-it concessionary demands that include wage cuts of over 30
per cent, increasing the use of temporary agency workers, eliminating
severance pay language, undermining seniority rights and creating a two-tiered
vacation system, among other items.
    The company has refused to negotiate with the union since July 14.
    "Retail workers in this country have suffered from low wages and poor
workplace standards for too many years," said CAW Local 1000 Zellers warehouse
unit chairperson Stephen Moses. "Our members are taking a stand to maintain
the standard of living we have worked so hard to win over the years on behalf
of all workers in this sector. And we're not going to back down until the
company agrees to bargain with us."
    This demonstration is the latest in a series of public actions taken by
the striking workers, which included a protest at the company's Brampton
warehouse on July 31 and a demonstration at the grand opening of a new Zellers
Superstore in Toronto on August 6.




For further information:

For further information: Angelo DiCaro, CAW Communications, (cell) (416)
606-6311 or Bob Orr, Assistant to the CAW National President, (cell) (416)
471-2664

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