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Court upholds union certification at Wal-Mart store in Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has upheld a decision to certify a union at a Wal-Mart store in Weyburn, Sask.
The certification of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1400 had originally been issued by the Saskatchewan Labour Board in December 2008.
Wal-Mart had successfully challenged the certificate in a lower court but that court's decision was struck down by the appeal court and the store's union certification upheld.
"This is a victory for workers' rights and the principle that no company is above the law," said Norm Neault, president of the UFCW local, in a news release.
"Wal-Mart has done everything it could to prevent the workers from getting a collective agreement. It has even prevented us from communicating with the workers at the store. But the time for stalling is over. Let's get back to the bargaining table and start talking."
The union first applied for certification in 2004.
Wal-Mart was unsuccessful twice in applications to the Supreme Court of Canada to overturn the process.
"The Supreme Court has said no to them," said Mr. Neault. "The Court of Appeal has now said no to them and yes to the rights of the Weyburn workers to bargain collectively.
"We look forward to the opportunity to get the members an agreement, and hope that Wal-Mart's history of thwarting the process isn't repeated again."
The union says it's the second time this week the courts have ruled against Wal-Mart.
The news release said that two days ago, Quebec Superior Court upheld an arbitrator's decision that Wal-Mart had acted illegally when it shut a store in Jonquiere, Que., shortly after workers there formed a union.
The UFCW also has applications pending before the labour board for Wal-Mart stores in Moose Jaw and North Battleford.
Wal-Mart officials could not be reached for comment.


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