Mississauga, Canada. -- Wal-Mart associates in Windsor, Ontario, have voted against being unionized by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). In a democratic, secret-ballot vote held yesterday at the Windsor store, store associates in the union's proposed bargaining unit voted 167 to 59 against joining the union, representing a 74 percent majority of associates voting against certification. This marks the fourth time in less than two years that Wal-Mart Canada associates have voted against being represented by the UFCW.
This result does not include more than 50 additional ballots that were cast at Wal-Mart's request by hourly store associates who the union is attempting to exclude from the vote. Wal-Mart Canada believes this exclusion is undemocratic and had asked the Labour Board to include these hourly associates in the voting process.
To date, no Canadian Wal-Mart store has voted in favour of unionization when given the chance to participate in a democratic, secret-ballot vote.
The vote result in Windsor comes after several months of aggressive campaigning by the UFCW in their latest attempt to unionize Canadian Wal-Mart associates. The union has been trying for many years to organize the company's associates throughout North America.
The vote result also follows a shocking incident on March 3 where a union organizer working for the UFCW (a National Staff Representative) was arrested and charged for violently assaulting a Wal-Mart associate in the parking lot of the Windsor store. The Wal-Mart associate required hospital attention following the assault.
In addition to today's vote result in Windsor, Wal-Mart Canada associates have voted against union representation in the following cases over the past two years:
- Thompson, Manitoba, June 27, 2003;
- Jonquiere, Quebec, April 2, 2004;
- Thompson, Manitoba, June 4, 2004;
- Also in Terrace B.C., the provincial labour board dismissed the union's application for certification on Oct. 4, 2004, due to lack of associate support for the union.