Wal-Mart and Unions

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A spokesman for workers trying to start a union at a Loveland Wal-Mart say a company decision to close a store in Canada shows the Colorado workers could have a tough time.

Wal-Mart officials say the company will close the store in Quebec in May because of what the company calls unreasonable demands by employees trying to negotiate the first-ever union contract with the world's biggest retailer.

Wal-Mart officials say negotiators were unable to reach an agreement after nine days of meetings over three months.

Dave Minshall represents workers at the Loveland Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express who want to form a union. He says the company's move in Quebec shows Wal-Mart will stop at nothing to keep employees from organizing.

The National Labor Relations Board's regional director ruled last month that the Loveland workers could hold an election on whether the United Food and Commercial Workers Union should represent them. Wal-Mart objected and is asking the N-L-R-B in Washington to review the regional office's decision.

In the only other such vote in this country, meatcutters at a Texas Wal-Mart voted in 2000 to be represented by a union. Wal-Mart then eliminated that job category companywide, but said the move was unrelated to the union vote.