Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

Hatfield: Windsor Sears Employees need Protection

Published on September 5, 2017

July 13, 2017

Windsor – In light of the recent news that Sears Canada is closing 59 stores, including its Windsor Sears Home store location, MPP Percy Hatfield says the push to convince Kathleen Wynne to protect the pensions of workers is especially critical in Windsor.

Hatfield is demanding legal changes so that when major employers like Sears are entering bankruptcy, current and former employees are the first in line to get paid the pensions they’re owed – not last.

“24 workers and their families will be impacted by the closure of the Sears Home store location in Windsor. These employees worked hard to contribute to their pensions. They’re counting on this money to support their families when they retire,” said Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield. “It’s not right that Canadian law allows big companies to walk away from their pension obligations. Kathleen Wynne shouldn’t be standing by and doing nothing while Windsor workers lose out on the pensions they earned fair and square.”

“Kathleen Wynne is breaking her promise and turning her back on Windsor workers. That’s not leadership,” said Hatfield. “The pensions and benefits earned by Windsor Sears workers should be guaranteed and the premier should be fighting to make sure that they are.”