Pact Ordered By Labor Board Covers 8 Employees
By Ylan Q. Mui
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 16, 2008; D01
A small group of employees at a Wal-Mart store in Canada secured yesterday the only union contract with the company in North America, a victory for labor groups that have campaigned for years to organize the world's largest retailer.
The three-year contract covers eight workers in the tire and lube department of a Wal-Mart in Gatineau, Quebec, and increases starting wages from $8.40 to $10.89 an hour. The contract was imposed by the Quebec Labor Relations Board after negotiations between the company and employees fell apart. In its decision, the board called the contract "reasonable, realistic and equitable."
"I think the employees at that particular location should be congratulated," said Michael Forman, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada, which organized the employees. "I think no doubt what's happening at Gatineau will be encouraging."