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Wal-Mart has the biggest balls of them all

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Wal-Mart has the biggest balls of them all

Postby NC » Thu Oct 16, 2008 3:03 pm

Boom!! Wal-Mart has balls *how* big?!?!?
Wal-Mart shuts Gatineau union shop
Montreal Gazette
Published: 1 hour ago

The Quebec Federation of Labour today blasted Wal-Mart Canada Corp. for shutting a Gatineau garage two months after its employees were awarded the first ever collective agreement with the world's largest retailer.

Wal-Mart said it was forced to close the unionized Tire & Lube Express near Ottawa because the workers' arbitrator-imposed contract had driven up operating costs by 30 percent.

The retailer said it was forced to pass on those additional costs, including 33 per cent higher salaries, to customers.

"A dramatic rise in prices goes against Wal-Mart's promise to offer the best prices to customers," said company spokesperson Andrew Pelletier. "Customers are counting on Wal-mart for savings, particularly within the current economic climate."

But Quebec union leaders denounced Wal-Mart's explanation as a weak excuse. In 2005, the retailer came under fire for closing a unionized store in Jonquière Quebec, citing lack of profitability.

"The pretext invoked by Wal-Mart, that a rise in salaries taking away from the profitability of its locations is a weak attempt to hide its anti-union attitude," charged Louis Bolduc, vice-president of the QFL and Quebec-based spokesperson for the United Food and Commercial Workers Canada.

In Quebec City, a spokesperson for Labour Minister David Whissell said the minister had asked for a detailed report on the garage's closing.

"We learned about it at the same time you did," said Marisol Schnorr. "The minister will take the time to analyze the situation."
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/n ... 50e41713de


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Postby green1 » Fri Oct 17, 2008 11:02 am

and the union thinks that increasing sallaries by a third isn't going to have any affect on costs or profitability?????



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Postby NC » Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:16 am

The UFCW does not give a flying rat's a$$ about lost jobs. The union wants them as an opponent, they want them all closed, gone expunged. The union can't lose this battle, as in, no matter how hard they try, they are in a no lose situation.

Jobs??!?! this is about union's, not jobs.


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Postby green1 » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:58 am

and that's the biggest problem... unions USED to be about jobs... now they'd rather people were unemployed then un-unionized.




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