Monday, April 13, 2009

Unionized Quebec Wal-Mart Workers Get 1st Contract

Unionized workers at Wal-Mart in St-Hyacinthe, Que., now have a collective agreement. (CBC)

From The CBC:

It took nearly four years, but unionized workers at a Quebec Wal-Mart store now have their first collective agreement, a first in North America.

A Quebec arbitrator sealed the two-year deal for employees at the St-Hyacinthe Wal-Mart east of Montreal earlier this week.

Some 200 workers at the store received their union accreditation in January 2005, but called on an arbitrator when contract negotiations with the retail giant stalled.

The new agreement includes a $0.30 per hour wage increase on a yearly basis, for the next two years, for current employees.

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