||[Aug. 17th, 2008|06:05 pm]
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Landmark Wal-Mart Ruling released by Quebec Arbitrator--Collective Agreement imposed on Wal-Mart for the First Time in the Retailer's History.
A Quebec arbitrator has imposed a collective agreement on Wal-Mart for the first time in the world's largest retailer's history. The arbitrator released the decision Friday on the contract for eight workers at a tire-and-lube garage at a Wal-Mart store on Maloney Boulevard in Gatineau, just across the river from Ottawa. The workers are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada.
Guy Chenier, head of the local representing the workers, said the union is delighted with the deal, which gives the workers raises averaging 35 to 40 per cent effective immediately, as well as more vacation.
A spokesman for Wal-Mart said the company is unhappy with the decision and it is "incompatible" with the company's way of doing business. Wal-Mart is the biggest company in the world, according to the Fortune 500 rankings, and recorded nearly $13 billion US in profits in 2007 — yet its front-line employees make less than $20,000 US a year, on average, and the company has been cited for union-busting tactics by government agencies and independent watchdogs. (read more at cbc.ca)