Workers at Indigo bookstore vote to unionize, a month after retailer reports losses

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Workers at one of Canadian bookstore chain Indigo Books & Music Inc.’s locations in Mississauga, Ont., have voted to unionize.

A press release issued by UFCW Canada Local 1006A, one of Ontario’s largest private sector local unions, says workers at the Square One Shopping Centre store voted this week in favour of joining the union.

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It says the next step will be negotiating a union contract with the company that addresses the concerns of the roughly 40 workers at the bookstore, including wages, job security and sick leave.

Toronto-based Indigo Books has been severely impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, with shuttered stores and reduced foot traffic curbing sales.

The book retailer said last month it recorded a net loss of about $31.6 million for the 13 weeks ended June 27, a loss of $1.15 per common share for the quarter.

Meanwhile, the unionization campaign garnered support on social media from authors and political leaders, including social activist and author Naomi Klein and Hamilton Centre MP Matthew Green.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 23, 2020.

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