The United Food and Commerical Workers Union (UFCW) is moving from chasing discount retailers like Walmart into the more rarefied world of high end retailers. The Globe and Mail reported today that the UFCW is driving a campaign at the Holt Renfrew in Yorkdale Shopping Center in Ontario. The Globe explains:
The company is facing a union drive at one of it best-performing stores – an effort that could set a precedent at other locations and add further pressure to the company as it braces for the onslaught of new competition.
Interestingly, the Holt’s employees aren’t paid the same near-minimum wage as the UFCW’s regular targets:
Sales staff at high-end retailers tend to count heavily on commissions for a good part of their pay. Staff at the Holt’s store in Yorkdale earn commissions of between 2.5 per cent and 10 per cent of their sales, as well as base salaries “well above” minimum wage,” according to Alix Box, senior vice-president of sales and marketing.
A vote will be held among 174 eligible employees tomorrow. What do you think? Is the UFCW over-extending themselves? Would it be beneficial for these high-paid (relatively) commission-based employees to be unionized?