UFCW Wins Right to Keep Wal-Mart Website

Copyright concern not sufficient to shut down organizing tool
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 01/19/2011

The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) has won an 18-month battle with Wal-Mart Canada over the union-sponsored website www.walmartworkerscanada.ca.

Wal-Mart sought an injunction to stop the union from using the company’s name, colour schemes, a variation of its logo, a parody of its slogan and images of people in blue vests on the website. The site provides information on labour rights and organizing a union, as well as a forum for discussion.

“Fundamentally, the company wanted to pull the plug on the site and stop it from operating,” said Michael Forman, a national representative with UFCW Canada.