By Daniel Sidlofsky

As the excitement of Target’s arrival bubbles throughout Canada, not everyone is joining in. Was the sale of Zellers’ leases to the Target Corporation fair to those who kept Canada’s famed department store alive? Are the over ten thousand Zellers jobs estimated to be lost a fair price for a supposedly superior shopping experience? With more than two hundred stores being closed, Zellers employees feel as if they are being kicked to the curb.

Canadians will be saved the trip across the border to reach their favourite American discount retailer, dubbed Targé by many. Boasting exclusive brands, discounted prices, and the company’s popular RedCard, the move brings us new shopping opportunities. Many Canadians have waited years for this fantasy to become a reality, while others – particularly those employed by Zellers – have been dreading it.

Shortly after the 2011 announcement that Target was taking over the leases of many Zellers stores for a whopping $1.825 billion, news broke that the loyal Zellers workforce would walk away empty handed. Thousands of people, some with over forty years of service, learned of their inevitable unemployment.

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Media Links

NLRB orders union revote at Valley Stream Target
Newsday - May 2, 2013

Protest targets Target for unfair treatment of Canadians
Toronto Star - August 22,  2012

Target Canada Protest: Zellers Workers, Unions Demonstrate Against Mass Layoffs By Canada-Bound Retail Giant
Huffington Post - August 22, 2012

Protestors target Target
Mississauga.com - August 22, 2012

Unions: Target not respecting seniority
Hamilton Spectator - August 22, 2012

Protestors target Target
MSN News Caanada

Target effectively calls Zellers customers old and cheap
Toronto Life - August 12, 2012

Unions take on Target in Mississauga
The Record - August 22, 2012

Target Fairness campaign hits Winnipeg

National union campaign targets Target

VIDEO : CTV Halifax

Expansion: Walmart compte investir 750 millions $ dans 73 projets au Canada

Des travailleurs de Zellers en Ontario ratifient leur convention collective

Argent Vidéos » Choix de l'éditeur » Offensive des employés de Zellers contre Target

Union campaigns to help Zellers workers

Campaign fights for Zellers workers' rights

Target takeover kills thousands of jobs

Ontario Zellers employees ratify new contract even as stores close

Ontario Zellers workers ratify new agreement

Union says Zellers' locals should remain after Target take-over

Zellers workers ask Target for fairness

Canadian Union Launches Target Effort

West Windsor Zellers to close June 2

Ontario Zellers workers ratify collective agreement

Zellers workers ask Target for fairness

Ontario Zellers employees ratify collective agreement

Zellers employees don't know what future will bring

Zellers employees in limbo

 
 

Target is one of the world’s most successful retailers and many Canadians are excited about shopping in new store locations that offer a weekly ad, coupons, regular store hours and the company’s popular redcard.

Target will soon be hiring in Canada and that is a good thing. But Target can be an even stronger force in our community by giving Zellers workers the respect they deserve. With your help, Target can be a leader in creating better, fairer jobs that benefit our communities today and well into the future.

This website is operated and maintained by UFCW Canada. This is not a Zellers or Target website, but features current Zellers workers who have all volunteered to tell their stories and share their opinions. UFCW Canada is a not-for-profit worker organization dedicated to social justice and creating better living standards for its membership and all working families.