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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, which 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.
"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.
Originally posted by Ambient Sound
The truth is, I won't buy an automoble that I think was built by union workers. Neither would my ex-wife, and she grew up in Flint, Michagan.
Originally posted by Umbrax
I think people should boycott any business that saves you money by depending on minimum wage staff. These companies save a few bucks by giving minimum wage to students and new comers to the country. Sure these people have to work somewhere but more often than not they get treated poorly.
Originally posted by launchpad
dispite what most think Walmart doesn't make tons of profits compared to the amount it sells- walmart only makes money based on VOLUME- you sell volume by having low prices and a large convientent selection. If prices are more than 1-2 cents more per item than it costs Walmart i would be very surprised. totally low mark up is the most honest way to make money- and you should be thankful that they do provide jobs for the unskilled in your area because it does bolster the local economy.
Originally posted by ohplease
Its funny to see people bash unions, but people are quick to forget that the 40 hour work week, paid vacations, sick time, pensions, overtime pay and the such are here because of unions, not because the corporations wanted to be nice guys.
All a company needs to do is look at the major US Automakers, the US Steel industry, and the US Airline Industry to see where letting a union in will ultimately take your business.
Originally posted by nathraq
For a Wal-Mart, or any business, to close it's doors, as the employees are organizing is illegal in the USA.
Wal-Mart saves tons of money by asking employees to stay and work overtime, after they punched out for the day. The pressure is enormous to do so. I will never stepfoot in a Wal-Mart.