Quebec Wal-Mart workers have union contract

Arbitrator awards three-year deal with a 30-per-cent wage increase
||Last Updated: 08/29/2008

Eight employees at a Wal-Mart in Gatineau, Que., are the first North American Wal-Mart employees to have a collective agreement.

The employees, who work in a Wal-Mart tire and lube garage in the store, won an arbitrator-imposed contract after binding arbitration between the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant and the United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada ended in June.

The three-year contract includes a more than 30-per-cent wage increase and improved vacation provisions for the employees at the Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express. The terms of the collective agreement are effective immediately.