HBC has announced it will close the remaining Zellers stores which were not taken over by Target. About 6400 workers will lose their jobs. Workers in the stores being converted to Target have also been told that they are being laid off. I send my condolences to all the Zellers workers who are losing their jobs – from the newest additions, to those who have worked in the stores for nearly forty years. This is a strong reminder of the need to revolutionize retail so workers’ needs are taken more seriously.
The National Employment Law Project has released an important study focusing on companies’ profits and whether profits translate into better wages. The study, based on US census data, has some significant data for retail and other low-wage service workers, including that the large companies making profits still primarily only pay minimum-wage. The NELP media release with key links is available here. You can also read this story in the Nation.
A piece in the Hawai’i News Daily compiling some noteworthy data about Walmart.
A very interesting article from the New York Times about economic inequality and the state of Apple retail workers’ conditions and pay.
Zellers Workers Face Job Loss focuses on the Zellers workers losing their jobs due to the Target takeover.
Retail Workers Make History
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.