Skip to comments.Canadian Wal-Mart Seeking Union to Close
Posted on 02/09/2005 1:24:57 PM PST by SmithL
NEW YORK, (AP) --
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Wednesday it will close a Canadian store whose workers are on the verge of becoming the first ever to win a union contract from the world's biggest retailer.
Wal-Mart said it was shuttering the store in Jonquiere, Quebec, in response to unreasonable demands from union negotiators, that would make it impossible for the store to sustain its business. The United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada last week asked Quebec labor officials to appoint a mediator, saying that negotiations had reached an impasse.
"We were hoping it wouldn't come to this," said Andrew Pelletier, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Canada. "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."
Pelletier said the store will close in May. The retailer had first discussed closing the Jonquiere store last October, saying that the store was losing money.
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.
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Union: We demand more pay!
Store Owner: I can't afford to pay you more!
Union: We'll go on strike!
Store Owner: I quit!
Union: Hey...you can't do that...we'll all be out of a job.
Store Owner: Seeya!
LOL. The socialist scum got exactly what they deserved.
A lesson of the free market.
Who is John Galt?
Join the union and lose your job......... simple........
"Never Negotiate with Blackmailers," eh?
make that "extortionists"
You're right. One less store for the Communist Chinese to be making money from through Wal-Mart.
Beautiful. I love happy endings. Always look for the union label -- "Unemployed."
BTW as nearly as I can tell, the steel workers in Pueblo CO are still on strike. They went on strike in the early 90's, 50 cents apart at negotiations. Steel company hired scabs, a year later went non-union (not sure how that all happend) hired the scabs permanantly and offerd to hire the strikers too. A lot insisted thy'd win in court against the comapny and refused to work. On strike now for at least 10 years.
THOSE GUYS are darwin award prospects.
Way to go Wal-Mart!!!
Don't let the unions get in the door! It would be the death nail for Wal-Mart.
Stand up to them. I'm going shopping at Wal-Mart right now and buy something I don't even need.
Teamster here. You sound a lot like someone who inherited a whole lot of stocks and bonds from mommy and daddy and still live at home. Some of us out here work for a living. Some of us even make a living wage because we are Union. You may kiss my union a--.
HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!! Another case of the stinking socialists screwing their own!
LMAO! That hit the nail on the head!
Parasitic unions do not learn. If the workers want to unionize, the company can say we close our doors. One unionized store is the bad apple Wal-Mart doesn't need.
Whats the matter do we have a little Walmart stock that we are worried about?
BTW: Although opposed to unions, I hold the "Air Teamsters" at ABX in higher regard than the trucking locals. What's it like on the automotive side.
Wal-Mart & Unions
I'm no fan of either.
Ooh. I love this.
I'd close any business that I owned rather than unionnize too. I believe in paying someone precisely what they are worth to me. No more, no less, and no one else is going to dictate that to me.
I happen to like Wal-Mart... I live in a small tourist based town, where if you wanted anything other than rubber tomahawks, pseudo-art, booze and basic groceries, you had to drive 75 miles or more to get it. Wal-Mart came in and made life simpler and less expensive for me.
That said, I DO wish Wal-Mart would go back to the "Buy American First" as they were in Sam Walton's day..... I wouldn't mind paying a little more for more American made products.....(Assuming there ARE any american made consumer products anymore)
Automotive=locomotive. But you knew that didn't you. ;-)
Okay, but I'll need to pay my due first to the guy who lives in a house you payed for.
send in the North American FreeTrade agrement Wal~Mart truckers and remove their merchandise, take the sign off the wall and leave the building standing as a symbol of defiance
I wouldn't want any of you smucks in my Union anyways.
"Is Atlas Shrugging?"
The unions put us out of business. First they failed to enforce their own contracts with general contractors who then hired non-union subs at will (and the non unions were of course always cheaper). Then they just kept squeezing and squeezing. Our employees wanted to be non-union because we would be able to pay them at least the same, they could invest their own money-with no vesting, provide health insurance and other benefits for less than the union cost. But no, the union wanted to make an example of us. We lost a business we had for 36 years. And most of the employees went to non union companies.
Unions are destroying America.
Really, sometimes I think the only "conservative" part of some people is the contents of their wallets.
D I T T O !!!!!
What's a smuck? Someone who makes jelly??
The major Railroads are all Union and all are prospering. I can speak only for my industry. I am sure there are abuses on both sides of the issue. Our collective bargaining process has made a lot of sacrifices since I hired out. You have not seen many rail strikes for a reason. We worked to our mutual benefit. Unions that kill the employer get their due I guess.
What do I want as a consumer? The highest quality at the lowest price. Nothing more, nothing less. Therefore, I avoid Junk Mart and go to Target instead.
What would I want as a business owner? A cooperative workforce that would treat me with the same respect that I treat them.
Right on! Go Walmart - I didnt used to shop there but now I avoid Target and go to Walmart.
Railroads are supported by the goverment and do not make a profit by themselves.
bump to the top
Anyone opposed to merit pay cannot be considered a conservative. Its one thing for independent collective bargaining for working conditions, quite another when you view any attempt at introducing merit pay as "favoratism."
That is not true. The railroads are solvent because they are supported by us taxpayers.
The railroads have been doing well due to the sheer volume of trade coming into the West Coast out of Asia. You should see all the double-stack cars coming onto to BNSF system out of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.
Canada unions took their lessons from the Chicago mob. The leaders are basically thugs.
The difference is that the railroads are ALL union...if you had a non-union competitor things would start to change. The unions we were obligated to did nothing about the general contractors hiring non-union subs and of course the non-unions flourished while we died. I think the unions were more interested in pacifying their general contractors since they generally hired more men then we did. We had to threaten to sue the plumber's union to get them to audit a signatory contractor who had paid nothing for years despite working the plumbing jobs. The electrician's union never lifted a finger for us but it was the laborers who eventually broke our back.