New union-busting allegations filed against Wal-Mart

Anti-union mystery man impeded 1997 Windsor drive, claims UFCW
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2005

Amid the countless charges of misconduct flung back and forth between Wal-Mart Canada and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union of Canada, a fresh set of allegations has recently emerged that, if true, show employees received funding and instructions to push back a union drive.

The allegations, filed by the union in an unfair labour practice complaint before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, centre on a 1996-1997 certification drive at a Wal-Mart store in Windsor, which resulted in a remedial certification granted because the board found the company had engaged in unfair labour practices. (Union representation ended within the year amid further lawsuits filed by a number of employees against the union, including allegations that the ratification vote on the collective agreement was fraudulent.)

During that drive by the United Steelworkers of America, the UFCW now alleges, two employees were introduced to an agent, identified only as “Dave,” who funded and instructed them in their campaign against the union.