Union dispute with closed Wal-Mart goes to the Supreme Court

Supreme Court of Canada hears case of Quebec Wal-Mart that closed after workers tried to unionize
|employmentlawtoday.com|Last Updated: 01/23/2009

A group of former Wal-Mart employees in Quebec whose attempts to unionize were thwarted by the closing of the store are pleading their case before the Supreme Court of Canada.

After employees at a Wal-Mart in Jonquière, Que., were dissatisfied with the working conditions, they decided to try to unionize. In September 2004, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 503 was certified to represent them in collective bargaining. However, the union wasn’t able reach an agreement with Wal-Mart on the terms on an initial collective agreement and the Quebec minister of labour ordered the matter to go to arbitration on Feb. 9, 2005, so a collective agreement could be established.