Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

May 05, 2005 11:00 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY (ATLANTIC)

Demanding better values from Wal-Mart Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - May 5, 2005) - Canadians who shop at Wal-Mart can expect some extra attention this weekend. The Canadian Labour Congress has organized "greetings" at 43 stores across the country as a show of support for the people Wal-Mart insists "make a difference every day" - its workers.

In Atlantic Canada, actions are planned at stores in Halifax, Moncton, Saint John, Charlottetown and St. John's.

On April 29, Wal-Mart closed its store in Jonquière, Quebec after workers voted to join a union - a right all working citizens have in Canada. It was the latest move by the mega-retailer to enforce the same no-union policy on Canadians that it maintains in the United States.

"Companies that do business in Canada should respect our laws, our citizens and their rights," says Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

Georgetti says people shouldn't change any plans to visit their local Wal-Mart store on Saturday. In fact, people are encouraged to make plans to visit stores targeted for extra greeting so they can learn more about what kind of company Wal-Mart is.

"There's nothing wrong with wanting Wal-Mart to be a better place to work. In fact, more Canadians would consider shopping there once the stories about union-busting, exploiting workers and ignoring the law stop happening," he says.

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For information about what's happening locally:

HALIFAX -- Cheri Meehan (902) 453-2074

MONCTON -- Andre Gingras (506) 863-8822

SAINT JOHN -- Tammy Nadeau (506) 635-1622

CHARLOTTETOWN -- Andy MacDonald (902) 368-3068

ST. JOHN'S -- Sam Kelly (709) 754-1660 IN: ECONOMY, LABOUR, POLITICS, RETAIL, SOCIAL

Contact Information

  • Jeff Atkinson, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-526-7425
    Secondary Phone: 613-863-1413
    E-mail: jatkinson@clc-ctc.ca