UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

March 02, 2005 11:00 ET

UFCW Canada-Union Applies For Certification At Windsor, Ontario Wal-Mart: Vote Likely To Be Held Next Week


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FOR: UFCW CANADA

MARCH 2, 2005 - 11:00 ET

UFCW Canada-Union Applies For Certification At
Windsor, Ontario Wal-Mart: Vote Likely To Be Held Next
Week

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 2, 2005) - A vote to certify a
union at a Wal-Mart in Windsor, Ontario could happen as early as next
week in the wake of an application filed with the Ontario Labour
Relations Board (OLRB).

On Tuesday the UFCW Canada union (United Food and Commercial Workers
Canada) filed a certification application with the Ontario Labour
Relations Board (OLRB) to represent workers at a Wal-Mart store at 7100
Tecumseh Road East in Windsor, Ontario.

Employees at Wal-Mart stores in Jonquiere, and in St-Hyacinthe, Quebec
are already certified as UFCW Canada bargaining units. They are
currently the only unionized Wal-Mart employees in North America.

The Windsor application follows a successful union membership drive
started by employees at the store, including Brent Fralic, a 24-year-old
night crew worker.
"People here are excited. We've been waiting for this. But some people
are also nervous after seeing what Wal-Mart did to the store in
Jonquiere."

Recently while in the midst of first-contract negotiations, Wal-Mart
Canada announced plans to shut the Jonquiere store this coming May,
claiming the store is unprofitable; something Wal-Mart only raised after
the location was unionized. A recent Pollara poll indicates most
Canadians think the closure decision was meant to scare off other
Wal-Mart workers from unionizing.

"So much for Wal-Mart's talk about workplace democracy, " says Michael
J. Fraser, national director of UFCW Canada. "What Wal-Mart did in
Jonquiere is part of a pattern to intimidate their workers everywhere.
Wal-Mart has been found guilty four times now of unfair labour practices
during organizing campaigns in Canada. Wal-Mart workers want an employer
that respects them and respects the law."

The date of a certification vote for the Windsor Wal-Mart will be
determined by the OLRB. Typically in Ontario a certification vote is
conducted by the OLRB within seven days following an application.

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Contact Information

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    UFCW Canada
    Michael Forman
    Communications
    416-579-8330