Ex-Walmart staff in Quebec win Supreme Court victory

Company violated labour laws after shuttering when workers certified
By Sabrina Nanji
|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.