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Retail workers to demonstrate outside of York Regional Council meeting

December 13, 2017

Toronto – Unifor members working in the retail sector will be demonstrating outside the York Regional Council meeting on Thursday, December 14, protesting the recent council vote to allow area grocery stores to open on statutory holidays.

The move will effectively take away eight out of nine statutory holidays for retail workers, including New Year’s Day and Family Day.  

“Some of our members are single parents and instead of being at home with their children, they would have to leave them with someone on holidays,” said Unifor Local 414 President Gord Currie. “Our members need time off the job – and that means stat holidays. Even though working on a holiday would technically be voluntary, we know that workers face indirect discipline or other repercussions when they say no.”

                       WHO:                   Retail workers

                       WHERE:               York Regional Council, 17250 Yonge Street, just north of Eagle Street in New Market

WHEN:                 Thursday, December 14 at 9 a.m.

WHAT:                   Protesting the holiday shopping bylaw, which was changed in a snap vote on November 16.

Unifor Local 414 has joined the Toronto York Region Labour Council campaign calling on York Regional Councillors to reverse their decision, reopen the debate and undertake a region-wide consultation process. No public consultations took place prior to the change, and no retail workers were consulted.  

 Union members have also been active in gathering petitions among local residents, opposing the change and calling for a reversal.  Find out more about the campaign at

Unifor represents 20,000 retail workers.

For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Shannon Devine at or 416-302-1699 (cell).