On October 6, 2011, workers at trendy fashion chain H&M’s Square One location voted to join UFCW Canada, becoming the first store in the country to organize. H&M workers in Sweden, Germany, and parts of the United States are unionized. Four of the Square One workers spoke to the Toronto Star about their reasons for joining a union and their hopes for building a better workplace.
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Workers at a warehouse that supplies H&M clothing stores in Canada have voted in favour of union certification in an effort to improve wages and working conditions. Kevin Shimmin, national representative for the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), told The Huffington Post that a majority of workers at the Brampton, Ont., warehouse voted on Wednesday to join UFCW Local 175, which also represents employees at the Swedish-based retailer’s clothing store in Mississauga.
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Retail Workers Make History
By Kendra Coulter
People often see retail work as destined to be temporary, low paid, erratic, and without benefits. Some think that retail workers should simply accept whatever demands are made on them by managers and corporate chains, and not expect to have many rights or protections. But several young women and men are determined to change these perceptions, and the realities of retail work. To learn more about their victory, read the article in Our Times magazine.