UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

May 06, 2005 15:44 ET

No Wal-Mart smile in Jonquière

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor JONQUIÈRE, QC--(CCNMatthews - May 6, 2005) - Hundreds of Jonquière area citizens gathered to show the true face of Wal-Mart by forming a giant mosaic that transformed Wal-Mart's logo from a smile to a sneer.

The rally was just one of many gatherings and protest rallies held on May 6th at Wal-Mart locations across Québec, one week after 200 Wal-Mart employees in Jonquière were let go and their store shut just months after they became the only unionized Wal-Mart location in North America.

May 6th was the day Wal-Mart said they would shut the store. They actually shut it one week earlier on April 29th, without notice, to escape the attention of local citizens and the media.

A recent Polara survey showed that more than 80% of Canadians dismiss Wal-Mart's claim the store was losing money. Most Canadians surveyed said Wal-Mart shut the store to frighten other Wal-Mart employees from unionizing.

In spite of Wal-Mart's move, two other Québec Wal-Mart locations have since been certified in Saint-Hyacinthe and in Gatineau. Applications to certify 12 other Wal-Mart locations across Canada are also pending.

Editors Note: A photo for this release is available on The Canadian Press picture network via PR Direct. /For further information: www.ufcw.ca/
/ IN: ECONOMY, JUSTICE, LABOUR, RETAIL

Contact Information

  • Michael Forman, National Media Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 416-675-1104 ext. 249
    Secondary Phone: 416-579-8330
    E-mail: mforman@ufcw.ca