On June 6, the Harper government stuck its head in the corporate sandbox when it issued its approval for Target, an American multinational, to wipe out the jobs and security of more than 12,000 Canadian workers — the men and women who currently work at Zellers, whose rights in the eyes of the government are disposable.


City of Québec, QC – June 14, 2012 - A province-wide petition has been filed in the Quebec National Assembly, calling on the provincial Minister of Labour to require Target to comply with the Quebec Labour Act, and guarantee that workers at 35 Zellers stores in Quebec have the right to continue their employment — with their current seniority, salary and benefits — when Target takes over their store.


Workers, union activists and community members showed their support for Zellers staff at the Devonshire Mall Saturday, May 5, at the Support Zellers Workers Rally in Windsor, Ontario. The event received significant media attention, drawing over a hundred people who demanded fairness for the Zellers workers who will be losing their jobs once their stores are converted to Targets.


Hundreds of Windsor, Ontario residents, activists and long time Zellers customers will be heading to the city's largest shopping centre this May 5 weekend to Ask Target for Fairness. The rally is scheduled for 11 a.m., at Devonshire Mall. campaign erects billboards in major cities across Canada to Ask Target Corp. for Fairness by respecting the experience, loyalty and hard-earned employment standards of Zellers workers.


NDP Leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair has announced his support for a petition that calls on the federal government to review the sale of Zellers to Target, and to join the campaign in asking the retailer for fairness when it comes to respecting the seniority, wages and benefits of Zellers workers.


The Ontario NDP Provincial Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution at the party’s recent council meeting in Toronto to support Zellers workers in asking Target for Fairness.


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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 - 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.