HBC Employees Join United Steelworkers

BRAMPTON, ON, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Workers at Hudson's Bay Corporation's warehouse/logistics centre in Brampton have voted to join the United Steelworkers (USW).

In a vote Wednesday, administered by the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the workers voted by a 55% margin to join the USW. About 200 workers in the HBC warehouse supply products to Zellers, The Bay, Home Outfitters and Fields stores across Canada.

"These working women and men made a strong choice in favour of our union and we are honoured by that choice," said Ken Neumann, the USW's National Director for Canada.

"Our union is growing quickly in the logistics/warehousing sector in Canada, with over 2,500 members already employed at similar workplaces," Neumann said.

"The HBC workers want good union service and an effective approach to worker representation and that's what they'll get in the Steelworkers," said Wayne Fraser, USW Director for Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

"We look forward to a positive relationship with HBC management and to helping these employees achieve a new collective agreement," Fraser said.

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

For further information:

Ken Neumann, USW National Director, 416-544-5950;
Wayne Fraser, USW District 6 Director, 416-577-4045;
Brad James, USW Organizing, 416-544-6006

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