First and only unionized Walmart wins court case.

Once the Canadian Walmart employees unionized, the Quebec Walmart shut it’s doors permanently. The former employees then sued Wally World under the Quebec labor code. From Jurist;

 The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday upheld the right of Wal-Mart Inc., the world’s largest retailer, to close its operations in Jonquiere, Quebec, shortly after a union attempted to organize employees in 2005. In a 6-3 decision, the court held that there was no law or precedent that forced an employer to stay in business. The suit was filed by laid off Wal-Mart workers who claimed that the retailer violated labor laws by shutting down its operations while negotiations were taking place for a collective agreement. The former employees also alleged that Wal-Mart had a history of being anti-union and that the closure of the store was a direct attack against the employees being involved with the union. The former employees brought suit under section 17 of the Quebec Labour Code, which states that an employee may not be sanctioned for exercising any right under the Code. The court indicated that the former employees could have brought suit under section 12 instead, noting that:

A claim under s. 12 is logical because the essential thrust of the appellant’s position is not that he alone or with some colleagues was singled out for discriminatory treatment but that Wal-Mart targeted generally the rights of all employees at the Jonquiere store (and elsewhere). Jobs were lost not only by union supporters but by others who were indifferent about the union or who were altogether against union representation.

Wal-Mart claims that it closed the store due to poor financial performance coupled with demands by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union to hire more employees pursuant to the first collective agreement. Wal-mart won both at the Quebec Superior Court and the Quebec Court of Appeals. This was the first North American Wal-Mart to become unionized.

Ain’t that some shit?  Kinda makes you go hmmmm…I knew Wally World was staunchly anti-union…but to close a store? And do NOT tell me it was closed for business reasons because that is total horseshit. Walmart closed a meat dept in a TX store because they unionized under the meat cutters national union:

The world’s largest retail chain has fiercely and successfully resisted unionization attempts at its 3,600 stores in the United States. Its closest call ended in Texas in 2000 when the store eliminated its meat department after 11 meat cutters voted to join a union. United Food and Commercial Workers is mounting a fresh campaign to organize Wal-Mart workers in the United States, a push it says has been given impetus by recent legal action and a former company vice president’s contention that he surreptitiously organized anti-union activities.

Fuckers…Sam Walton and his relatives can take a long walk off a very short pier. I know..Sam is dead but his smarmy ‘vision’ remains intact.

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Posted on November 29, 2009, in unionizing, Walmart. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. old progressive friends are employed by whole foods in cleveland, and they have been so indoctrinated by the management, they defend the anti-union and anti health-care stance of whole foods, even in this once solidly union town…

  2. It's amazing how the asshole owner of Whole Foods is a mouthpiece for all that is wrong in America. It's even more amazing that people believe and listen to him.

  3. they have “team meetings” which are used for indoctination and re-education; employees are encouraged to get it all off their chests…from what i gather they are a combination of religious revival and group theapy…

  4. I have always hated Wal-Mart on general principle since it's tacky.  The more I learn about the company, the more reasons I have to refuse to step foot inside.
    Whole Foods is getting that way, too.

  5. let me drop back in on you with a related link from about 3 weeks back:
    On a New Form of Indentured Servitude – The Confluence
    “There’s so much going on in the USA that warrants attention these days that it’s hard to know where to start.  But, since I’m an economist I’m going to start here.
         “There are families not eating at the end of the month,” said Stephen Quinn, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Wal-Mart Stores, and “literally lining up at midnight” at Wal-Mart stores waiting to buy food when paychecks or government checks land in their accounts. Among the steps Wal-Mart is taking to address the changes in shopping habits, Mr. Quinn listed an overhaul of the retailer’s private-label brand, Great Value, which is promoted in commercials describing how families can fix dinners with Great Value products “for less than $2 a serving.”
        The really sad thing about this blurb is that I got it from the Media & Advertising section of the NY Times. It did not come from the op-ed page, it did not come from the business section nor the politics section.  It’s there because Walmart is having to work on its product mix to reflect hunger in those families living below the poverty living in one of the richest countries in the world…”

  6.    That pisses me off, legal bull shit. Just change it and resubmit it. You know Walmart is lying. In this economy they should have been forced to keep it open. They are doing better than any other store.

  7. This is a secret, so don't tell anyone.  We have received gifts with the tag showing Wal-Mart and returned it for a refund.   Shhhhhh!

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