Thursday, January 20, 2005

Canadians Continue Organizing at Wal-Mart

from The Wall Street Journal
Workers at a second Wal-Mart Stores Inc. location in Quebec have received union certification, the United Food and Commercial Workers said, making the two Canadian outlets the only Wal-Mart stores in North America to have unionized. Monday, the Quebec Labour Relations Commission accredited Local 501 of the UFCW to represent 200 workers at a Wal-Mart store in Saint-Hyacinthe, the union said. The union said it will send a letter to Wal-Mart to set dates for bargaining and expects to give contract proposals to the Bentonville, Ark., company within three weeks. A spokesman for Wal-Mart Canada said the retailer is considering all options to block the decision, including legal action against the Labour Commission.

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