Workers at Canada Goose store in Toronto will soon vote on union representation

Conan Nakajima carries a sack of coats to be sent out to Canada Goose employees in Winnipeg. Workers at Canada Goose’s Winnipeg warehouse will soon be able to vote to join a union. Workers…

Workers at Canada Goose store in Toronto will soon vote on union representation

Conan Nakajima carries a sack of coats to be sent out to Canada Goose employees in Winnipeg.

Workers at Canada Goose’s Winnipeg warehouse will soon be able to vote to join a union. Workers at the Winnipeg warehouse voted for the International Teamsters Union last week.

Winnipeg workers will soon be voting on joining the Teamsters Union. @teamsters_teamdem #teamsters #teamstersunion pic.twitter.com/fXshMtVxgl — unionopedia (@unionopedia) November 25, 2017

Since its start in 1957, Canada Goose has become a recognizable name both on and off the runway, and the company has attracted a number of celebrities, including Brooklyn Beckham, Cara Delevingne, and Shawn Mendes. But worker representation is a different story.

Until now, there has never been a unionized workplace at Canada Goose’s headquarters in Toronto, nor have its stores in San Francisco, Boston, and London. As a customer, it’s the business that you own and decide on, not the workers.

But workers at the warehouse in Winnipeg could be about to change that. After nearly two years of organizing, the Teamsters union has now won three-quarters of all workers to sign up, with about 700 of 1,000 eligible employees on board.

“We are thrilled to see the work of workers finally come to an end,” Teamsters Local 1975 president Cath Krenzelowicz said in a statement on the Teamsters’ website. “We have a new set of bargaining rights to deliver on in partnership with Canada Goose and our employer is truly committed to going above and beyond to reach the bargaining agreement.”

Canada Goose said in a statement on its website that the company is interested in keeping the employees happy, but isn’t in a rush to determine how it will be able to do so.

“The spirit and dedication of all our employees is a huge part of the strength and success of our company,” the company said. “It is in Canada Goose’s best interest to continue to create and keep a diverse and inclusive environment where every employee has the opportunity to succeed.”

Here’s how the union will handle any disagreements over employee health and safety.

“If there are any disagreements regarding health and safety at the Canada Goose distribution warehouse in Winnipeg,” Krenzelowicz said, “union negotiators will look at the causes, the remedies, the steps to resolve and put them on the table.”

Read the full story at The Atlantic Cities.

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