Wednesday, July 26, 2006

More on Wal-Mart.

Chalk one up for the good guys. Recently, Wal-Mart tried to have decisions favourable to the United Food and Commerical Workers Union in Saskatchewan overturned on the grounds that the Saskatchewan Labour Board didn't have the authority to hear the cases. And, besides, it was biased against them.

Today, they lost. Will Wal-Mart respect the law? Will it finally acede to the legitimate demands for a union by its workforce? Hey, I've got this bridge I'd like to sell you with a sweet view of Brooklyn:

Andrew Pelletier, vice-president of corporate affairs with Wal-Mart Canada, said the company is "reviewing the [Gerein] decision and considering possibly appealing to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal."
In other words, if a union recruiting drive fails due to Wal-Mart's intimidation tactics, the union's evil if it tries to fight back. But, if Wal-Mart loses the vote, loses at the LRB, and loses in court -- well, they get to try again.

Still -- there's always the possibility that the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal will just refuse to hear the case. I'd be shocked, in fact, if any court would rule that an LRB has no business ruling on cases of labour relations.

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