Friday, October 15, 2010

CDN judges rule against Wal-Mart in two separate union cases

From Money:

A judge in Saskatchewan ruled Walmart employees have the right to union representation Thursday, just days after a Quebec judge ruled the retail giant acted illegally when it closed a unionized store in that province, United Food & Commercial Workers Canada said.

A Saskatchewan Court of Appeal judge upheld a lower court ruling Thursday allowing a UFCW Local 1400 bargaining unit at the Weyburn, Sask. Walmart store.

“This is a victory for workers rights and the principle that no company is above the law,” said Norm Neault, the president of UFCW Canada Local 1400.

UFCW accuses Walmart of doing everything in its power to prevent workers from getting a collective agreement.

“But the time for stalling is over. Let’s get back to the bargaining table and start talking,” Neault said.

Local 1400 first applied to represent Weyburn Walmart workers in 2004.

Earlier this week, a Quebec Supreme Court judge ruled Walmart had acted illegally when it shut a store in Jonquiere, Que. shortly after workers there formed a union.

Some Walmart workers in other parts of the country are working with a union agreement already, including those in Gatineau and Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.


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