Ex-Walmart staff in Quebec win Supreme Court victoryCompany violated labour laws after shuttering when workers certifiedBy Sabrina Nanji07/21/2014|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 07/21/2014 After an almost decade-long battle, the union representing employees at a now-defunct Walmart in Jonquiere, Que., has emerged triumphant. The superstore shuttered its doors back in 2005, just one year after workers certified (and thereby becoming the first unionized Walmart in North America) and after attempts to negotiate a collective agreement proved fruitless. As bargaining went to an arbitrator, the company announced it would be closing that same year, effectively putting almost 200 staff out of work. The United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) immediately sought recourse in the courts. While the company maintained the store was no longer profitable, the union argued it closed its doors because of the labour action. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.