The Mayor of Saint-Laurent reacts to the announcement of 771 layoffs by Sears

The Mayor of Saint-Laurent reacts to the announcement of 771 layoffs by Sears 
SAINT-LAURENT, QC, Jan. 15, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Mayor of Saint-Laurent Alan 
DeSousa reacted to the announcement by Sears late today that it would be 
closing a customer contact centre (CCC) and downsizing a logistics centre, 
both located on Thimens Boulevard in the borough. A total of 771 employees are 
expected to be laid off in the wake of agreements between Sears and IBM to 
outsource work currently performed at three contact centres, including the one 
in Saint-Laurent. Over the next nine months, 1,345 jobs in the cities of 
Saint-Laurent, Belleville and Toronto will be affected. However, Sears plans 
to continue operating its department store at Place Vertu and its distribution 
"Although the company has given assurances that it has a plan in place to help 
its employees find other work, my colleagues on council and I plan to monitor 
the situation very closely," said Mayor DeSousa. "We are currently in 
discussions with the various parties to clarify the details of this surprise 
announcement and assess the impact it will have on the Saint-Laurent business 
community. Our economic development team has already been in touch with 
Emploi-Québec about the issue. In short, this is very bad news for these 
Sears employees and their families early in the New Year. We want to assure 
them of our heartfelt support as they face this challenge." 
An extremely dynamic business centre, Saint-Laurent is recognized as 
Montreal's second-largest industrial hub. Over 100,000 people are employed in 
the borough in various sectors, including four major industrial clusters: life 
sciences, information and communications technologies, aerospace and clean 

SOURCE  Ville de Montréal - Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent 
Source: Borough Management Communications and Borough-Citizen Relations 
Information: Paul Lanctôt, 514855-6000, ext. 4310  Media cell: 514825-6231 
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