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Wal-Mart Closes Store With Workers That Joined Union

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Wal-Mart is closing a store in Quebec whose workers will be the first ever to win a union contract from the company.

Wal-Mart believes demands from the union negotiators to be unreasonable.

“We were hoping it wouldn’t come to this,” said Andrew Pelletier, a Wal-Mart Canada spokesman. “Despite nine days of meetings over three months, we’ve been unable to reach an agreement with the union that in our view will allow the store to operate efficiently and profitably.”

The store has been losing money and was supposed to be closed in October, but in managed to stay open a while longer and is scheduled to close in May.

According to the Washington Post,

“The store in Jonquiere, about 100 miles north of Quebec City, became the first unionized Wal-Mart store in North America last September, after the bargaining unit was certified by provincial labor officials. Since then, workers at a second Quebec store have also been granted union status. Neither had reached a contract.

The union efforts at both stores are part of a larger chess game labor organizers are waging with Wal-Mart at stores across Canada. The campaign, financed by UFCW money from both Canada and the United States, is also geared to captured the attention of workers in Wal-Mart’s home country.”

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