Union comes up empty in 6-year battle with Wal-Mart

Defeat in original representation vote and high employee turnover hurt union’s bid for second vote
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 08/24/2011

The Battle of Wal-Mart

The news in labour relations and employment law circles has been full of accounts of Wal-Mart’s battles against unionization of its workforce at various stores across Canada and the United States. In 2004, a union tried to organize the employees at a Windsor store. This began a lengthy battle involving litigation, accusations of unfair labour practices and a fight in a parking lot.

A six-year battle between Wal-Mart and a union over an acrimonious organizing campaign that featured an assault and accusations on both sides of unfair labour practices has been put to bed by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.