Thursday, February 10, 2005

Wal-Mart Closes Quebec Store

NEW YORK - In the latest salvo in a long-running battle between Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and organized labor, the company said Wednesday it will close a Canadian store where about 200 workers are near winning the first-ever union contract from the world’s largest 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 & Commercial Workers Canada last week asked Quebec labor officials to appoint a mediator, saying that negotiations had reached an impasse.
God I hate Wal-Mart.

This seems like a good time to mention that Callahan's Cleveland Diary is doing a series on organized labor. Remember, it's not true capitalism if workers can't bargain effectively.