UFCW Canada

UFCW Canada

February 25, 2005 18:51 ET

UFCW Canada: Wal-Mart Canada Found Guilty Again of Breaking Labour Laws


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FEBRUARY 25, 2005 - 18:51 ET

UFCW Canada: Wal-Mart Canada Found Guilty Again of
Breaking Labour Laws

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 25, 2005) - The Quebec Labour
Relations Board has found Wal-Mart Canada guilty of unfair labour
practices again, finding that the company had attempted to intimidate
employees at a Wal-Mart store in Ste-Foy, Quebec where a union
organizing campaign is underway.

In a decision published January 24, the Board ordered "that Wal-Mart and
its representatives cease to intimidate and harass," its employees and
"that
Wal-Mart Canada post this decision in a conspicuous area in the
employees' lunchroom for a period of thirty days."

This is the second time in the past five months the company has been
found guilty of harassing and intimidating employees during a union
drive. Last September the board found Wal-Mart guilty of unfair labour
practices at a store in Brossard, Quebec where an application for union
certification has been filed.

Wal-Mart was also found guilty of unfair labour practices by the B.C.
Labour Board during a 2003 organizing drive at a Wal-Mart store in
Quesnel, British Columbia.

Wal-Mart's latest conviction for its actions in Ste-Foy comes just two
weeks after the company announced it will shut its store in Jonquiere,
Quebec. That store had recently been certified as the first unionized
Wal-Mart in North America.

Wal-Mart called its move to dispose of the more than 200 employees there
"a business decision". A newly published Polara poll indicates that most
Canadians don't buy that and instead believe Wal-Mart decided to close
the store because the employees there had joined a union.

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