Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Donut Holes! Tim Horton's Rolls-up the Hiring Practice.

Today's story that our nation's most vaunted franchise operation is going to import Asian workers to fill job vacancies on a First Nations reserve in The Pas, Manitoba is rich.

I mean, c'mon? Really?
Tim Horton's can't find six (6) suitable weekend workers in the entire area?

Is it just me, or is Tim's biting off a whole lotta double-double-trouble with this announcement? Have their PR persons lost their timbit minds? Does anyone else see a problem with this story?

[From: - March 24, 2009.]

"Tim Hortons bringing in Philippine workers to staff Manitoba store

Chief of Cree nation where store is located says company should hire locals

A Tim Hortons franchise on Opaskwayak Cree Nation in central Manitoba desperately needs workers and is looking to the Philippines to fill the demand.

But the coffee giant's effort is being criticized by the chief of the First Nations community near The Pas, who says the company should try harder to train local people.

"They should help the regions where they're raking in the money from, you know?" said Chief Glen Ross, who described unemployment rates in the area as "skyrocket high."

"I just can't understand why Tim Hortons would be doing that. They should figure more on training people and spending some money on getting those people lined up on the weekends, instead of spending tons to ship people here from wherever."

David Morelli, a spokesperson with Tim Hortons, said the company hasn't been able to find and keep local reliable help for night and weekend shifts.

While they are not giving up on hiring locals, the company believes the workers from the Philippines can soon alleviate some of the load on current staff, who are handling an extremely busy store, Morelli said.

From early morning on, the coffee shop has endless line-ups of people inside and cars in the drive-thru. The store hopes that about six Philippine workers would start in the summer.

"We work with the federal government to ensure we're abiding by labour laws and working with them to ensure that we've met all the criteria in order to make this application to seek foreign worker help," said Morelli."


  1. That's appalling. I don't buy it that the shop can't find reliable, local workers. There was an article in the news on Monday about how some manager in a federal agency hired a bunch of Chinese because he said they work harder and take more crap.

    More of the same, here? Lower wage expectations may be part of it, or partial funding for hiring immigrants. There were programs like that when Vietnamese boat people were coming over. A lot of companies got near-free labour.

    I never trusted that move of the government to fast-track cheap labour through immigration.

  2. Just like the crappy tire here in Whitehorse.