Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Wal-Mart employees in Weyburn, Saskatchewan get a union

Word has come down today that the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1400 has been certified by the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board to represent the employees at the Weyburn, Saskatchewan Wal-Mart store.

From todays UFCW news release:

Wal-Mart in Weyburn Certified as UFCW Canada Unionized Store

WEYBURN, SK - December 8, 2008 - A Wal-Mart store in Weyburn, Saskatchewan has been granted union certification by the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board (SLRB) after years of Wal-Mart legal wrangling and delays, including two Wal-Mart applications to the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn the process.

"Justice has finally arrived for these Weyburn workers, in spite of Wal-Mart's endless attempts to thwart the workers from exercising their constitutional right to have a union," says Wayne Hanley, the National President of UFCW Canada.

"The time has come for Wal-Mart to end the stalling tactics and begin respecting worker rights and Canadian law. They are not above it."
Read more here.....

3 comments:

the regina mom said...

Wal-Mart unionized. Under Wall-Mart's reign. Oh. My. Gotta love it, for the irony, if nothing else! :)

Ron said...

What will the citizen's of Weyburn think once WalMart announces the closing of it's Weyburn store? All they will have left is "Red Square"...AKA The Co-op....what a shame.

This is not a threat and or promise, just the facts. Do you really think that the WalMart corporation will allow ONE union? You can bet your very last dollar they won't.....look at their track record.

So who is to blame.......a company trying to protect a successful business model...or a union trying to set a precedent.

which side will the shoppers take.....me thinks they will be more than a little upset at the union.

Hey, you guys roll the dice, but I'm sure glad I no longer live in Weyburn and have to drive to Regina to shop at Walmart!!!!!

Dominique said...

Independent production company is doing a documentary about the economy. We're looking to talk to current and former employees of WalMart, Burger King and Lowes Hardware who would be comfortable sharing their experiences of working for these two companies on camera.
Interested parties should email independentproduction@rocketmail.com