Staff at the only unionized Canadian Walmart decertify

Landslide vote puts an end to a 10-year struggle
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/03/2013

Almost a decade after it began, the battle to unionize a Saskatchewan Walmart store is over — workers voted to decertify in a landslide 51-5 vote.

In Weyburn, Sask., a city of 10,000 located southeast of Regina, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) have been embroiled in a fight to unionize the workers and win concessions from the retail giant at the bargaining table.

After organizing efforts began in 2004, the UFCW was approved by the labour relations board. However, the company and workers could never come to a consensus and reach a collective agreement. Shortly after, a decertification vote was put forward.