Union Seeks Goodwill Toronto to Hand over Operations to New Investors

Union representing almost 450 workers of Goodwill Industries of Toronto has asked the charity to consider relinquishing control of its operations to new investors, including its store in Newmarket. The Canadian Airport Workers Union has appealed that “all government and community stakeholders” to help its members, following the unexpected closure of 16 stores, 10 donation centres and two offices across the province Sunday.

Notices of store closures sent many workers back home including retail workers, drivers, cashiers and also many people with disabilities, youth and the chronically unemployed. The union has stated that it “has been in discussions with new investors who are interested in taking over operations,” adding that “the union has put the investors in contact with Goodwill and has encouraged Goodwill to seriously consider relinquishing control.” The decision has effected multiple locations including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Newmarket, Barrie, Orillia and Brockville. However, it will not have any effect on the operation of other Goodwill divisions in Canada or the United States.

In a statement published on Monday, Goodwill Toronto CEO Keiko Nakamura explained “to those employees and other members of the community who benefit from Goodwill’s services, please know that I am thinking about you and doing everything I can to bring clarity to this situation as soon as possible,” adding that “I am examining all possible solutions. I humbly ask for your patience during this tremendously difficult time. This will take some time.”

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