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How to get a living wage working at Wal-Mart

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Unionize. Daniel De Groot examines progress on that front:

The tide is turning against Wal-Mart in its quest to hold off unions while treating employees like dirt:

GATINEAU, QC – August 15,2008 – UFCW Canada members at a Wal-Mart location in Gatineau, Quebec have made history by becoming the only Wal-Mart workers in North America to have a union contract, after a Quebec arbitrator imposed a collective agreement on Friday.

The contract raises average wages of the Gatineau Wal-Mart members by more than 30%. Improved vacation provisions are also part of the three-year agreement. [Emphasis added. – LG] The terms of the collective agreement are effective immediately.

Yes, eight workers at a Wal-Mart auto service shop have won a 3 year battle with the company, and a Quebec arbitrator has imposed a binding contract on the company.

And Wal-Mart’s response?

A spokesman for Wal-Mart said the company is unhappy with the decision and it is “incompatible” with the company’s way of doing business.

Yes, I can see how being forced to pay people decent wages and give them time off would incompatible with a business model that relies on not doing these things.

The Union in question is the United Food and Commercial Workers, Canada.  Good for them, after all Wal-Mart went to extremes to scare off any other unionization attempts after a whole store unionized in 2005: …

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Written by Leisureguy

17 August 2008 at 3:16 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

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  1. I really don’t like Walmart. I don’t like the way they treat employees or the way they treat their vendors.



    17 August 2008 at 9:30 pm

  2. Aug, 2008 A new supercenter recently opened in our local community; went for an interview. Was offered a 40 hr week stocking shelves from 4PM to 1AM at an hourly wage of $7.65–a wage I was making 5 yrs. ago. I can only say that what I saw in the worker’s faces in that store was sad.



    22 August 2008 at 8:20 am

  3. What Wal-Mart and free-market defenders will say: “Well, just choose another job,” as if jobs were everywhere. Their idea is that people working at Wal-Mart chose that option from a plethora of opportunities.



    22 August 2008 at 8:30 am

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