Retail Workers Uniting – Locally and Globally

Retail workers and their supporters have been busy raising retail issues across North America and around the world, even during this busy holiday working/shopping season.

When workers at a Winnipeg Staples store unionized, they made history, becoming the first organized location in North America.

Workers in nearly a dozen countries around the world engaged in a global day of action for the rights of Walmart workers everywhere, coordinated through the UNI Global Union Alliance @Walmart.  Check out photos from the actions here.

Zellers workers and their allies delivered over 1000 letters to Target Canada head office, calling on the company to respect Canadian retail workers.  See national news coverage of their efforts here.

Photo by UFCW Canada.

Proving yet again the power of collective action, the Retail Action Project has secured $925 000 for workers at a NY-based retailer in a wage theft settlement.


IGA and Staples Workers Unionize

Building on a year of great momentum in the retail sector, workers in two beautiful Canadian provinces have unionized, choosing to unite in order to collectively self-advocate. Workers at the IGA grocery store in Surrey, British Columbia have voted to join UFCW Local 1518. In Winnipeg, Manitoba, workers at Staples have also organized, joining UFCW Local 832.

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