Wal-Mart closes Quebec auto shop after union win

Retailer cites increased costs associated with higher negotiated wages as reason for closure
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/27/2008

Wal-Mart Canada has closed an auto center in one of its stores in Gatineau, Que., two months after employees won the right to unionize the tiny operation.

The six employees at the local Tire Lubrication Express won a three-year court battle in August to be represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada, with the court imposing a 33-per-cent wage increase for the workers to an average $13.76 an hour.

The company could not justify the wage hike, said Wal-Mart Canada spokesman Kevin Groh.