Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Labor Board Recognizes Another Union Represented Walmart in Canada

Wal-Mart location in MonctonImage via WikipediaSeveral Walmart Stores in Canada are Now Certified As Union

According to a report from Bloomberg, a Walmart store in the Candaian province of Saskatchawan has been declared to be represented for collective bargaining by a union


Workers at a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. outlet in Canada will be represented by a union after more than four years of legal challenges by the retailer, the United Food and Commercial Workers said.

The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board granted union status yesterday to workers at a store in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, the group said in a statement today. The application was submitted in April 2004.

Employees at three of the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer’s locations in Quebec are already represented by the union. Applications for unionization of two others in Saskatchewan are before the labor board.

In April 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear an appeal from Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart closed a unionized tire and lubrication shop in Quebec in October, citing costs tied to a labor contract that was imposed by the Quebec Labour Relations Board.

Wal-Mart will ask the labor board to reconsider its decision on the basis that workers didn’t have a secret-ballot vote on union representation, Andrew Pelletier, a spokesman for the retailer, said in a telephone interview.

Since the original application, the legislation in Saskatchewan has been changed to require a vote, Pelletier said.

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