Another holiday retail strike?

Unionized workers at the Sephora store in Aberdeen Mall will hold a strike vote next week amid the holiday shopping rush.

The Kamloops store is the only unionized Sephora in North America. According to UFCW Local 1518, which represents the store's employees, negotiations have been going on for more than a year.

The union says workers are seeking “substantial” pay raises and other workplace improvements, including more flexible schedules, guaranteed health benefits, bonuses and more.

According to UFCW 1518, the cosmetics giant's parent company generated more than $62 billion in revenue in 2023, but refused to offer pay raises to the Kamloops store's “highly skilled and specialized” employees.

“It’s the workers who help make this company profitable by creating a top-notch customer experience at Sephora year-round and even more so during the holidays,” said UFCW 1518 President Kim Novak.

“We want to see your hard work recognized by Sephora and that comes in the form of better pay and better working conditions. That’s why our members in Kamloops are voting to strike.”

Novak said unionists are ready to fight for an agreement that meets their expectations.

According to the union, a major policy change that required employees to go without pay for up to half an hour and the end of their shifts was terminated by the company across Canada after defending UFCW 1518 on behalf of Kamloops workers last year.

UFCW 1518 had already filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the BC Labor Relations Board on behalf of Kamloops Sephora employees.

Union workers at the Hudson's Bay Company picketed at Aberdeen Mall on Sunday.



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