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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Nov 27, 2009 1:50 PM Flag

    WMT not surprised Supreme Court rules it was entitled to close down Quebec store

    Supreme Court split 6-3 in favor of Wal-Mart

    Canada's top court rules Wal-Mart store entitled to closure
    (AFP) – 1 hour ago

    OTTAWA — Canada's high court on Friday ruled that Wal-Mart was within its rights to close a store in Quebec, soon after it became the first in North America to be unionized in 2005.

    The Supreme Court split 6-3 in favor of the retail giant.

    The majority said Quebec labor laws do not require an employer to remain in business, even if its motives are "socially reprehensible."

    Three dissenting judges countered that tribunals should be able to search out "anti-union animus" in such cases.

    In August 2004, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union was certified to represent employees of Wal-Mart's store in Jonquiere, Quebec -- the first to be unionized in North America.

    But the parties failed to reach a first collective agreement, and the matter was referred to arbitration on the same day, Wal-Mart informed staff of its decision to close the store in April 2005.

    Almost 190 workers were terminated.

    Former employees who lost their jobs as a result of the closure brought the case to the Supreme Court, contesting the decision and saying they lost their jobs because they had formed a union.

    Wal-Mart denied the "union-busting" claim, saying it closed the store for economic reasons.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jIMcacIMMTXYLDiL5AzkMwiqTH8g

 
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