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Staples unionizes

NEARLY 40 employees of a Staples Business Depot in Garden City are about to get their UFCW union cards.

The move comes after more than 65 per cent of the employees at the Leila Avenue location voted in favour of joining the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 832 last month.

"When a company doesn't respect their workforce, the workers have an option. In this case, they stood up for themselves and joined a union," said Jeff Traeger, president of the local.

The unionizing success at the Staples store comes on the heels of other organizing breakthroughs in Canada's retail industry, including at H&M stores in Quebec and Ontario.

Aid to Philippines

THE province has pledged $100,000 to support relief efforts in the Philippines after a typhoon swept through the southern part of the country over the past week.

Typhoon Bopha is believed to have killed more than 600 people and left an estimated 400,000 people homeless. Hundreds more are missing.

"Our thoughts are with those who have lost family and friends as a result of typhoon Bopha," said Premier Greg Selinger. "Manitobans stand in solidarity with those in the Philippines as they rebuild and recover from this devastating natural disaster."

The province's donation has been made to the Manitoba Council for International Co-operation, an independent coalition of development organizations that oversees the distribution of development dollars.

Fires investigated

THE arson strike force is investigating two weekend fires that damaged a home and a vacant building.

Fire crews said the first blaze broke out in the attic of a home in the 600 block of Ashburn Street at about 9 p.m. Saturday.

No one was injured, but smoke and water caused $90,000 damage to the home's structure and $30,000 damage to its contents.

A second fire in a vacant Main Street building caused $45,000 in damage early Sunday morning.

Winnipeg police said patrol officers were in the area of Main Street and Bannerman Avenue when they noticed the smell of smoke coming from a vacant building in the 1300 block of Main Street around 3:45 a.m. No one was injured in the blaze, and the arson strike force is investigating the cause.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6813 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS(8477).

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 10, 2012 B3

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