Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

May 09, 2005 15:52 ET

Making a Difference

Georgetti congratulates Wal-Mart activists Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - May 9, 2005) - Canadian Labour Congress President Ken Georgetti sends congratulations and thanks to the thousands of people who came out to "greet" Wal-Mart customers this past weekend.

Thousands of labour activists and working citizens participated in what were organized as friendly demonstrations of support for the employees at 43 stores of the country's largest retailer.

"Over 12,000 people joined us and handed out over 150,000 leaflets because they want to see higher standards, better values and Wal-Mart workers treated with the respect they deserve. I want to thank them for taking the time to do this and I want to congratulate them because it got results," said Georgetti.

An aggressively negative news release issued by Wal-Mart on Saturday along with the over-the-top security presence at a number of stores was a clear sign the company is worried about the drive by its own employees to join a union. The number of Wal-Mart workers who participated in the demonstrations and the calls organizers have received from employees asking about how to start a union organizing campaign are what give Georgetti the most satisfaction.

A week earlier, Wal-Mart shut down its store in Jonquière, Québec after workers there joined a union. It's a common tactic the company has used often in its home country and has now exported north of the border.

"Companies that want to do business in Canada must respect our laws, our citizens and their rights," says Georgetti adding that if the company doesn't take the hint even more people will come out to greet customers in front of even more stores next time.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site:

Jeff Atkinson, 613-526-7425, 613-863-1413


Contact Information

  • Jeff Atkinson, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-526-7425
    Secondary Phone: 613-863-1413