Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said today it will close a Canadian store whose workers are on the verge of becoming the first ever to win a union contract from the world's biggest retailer.
NEW YORK — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said today it will close a Canadian store whose workers are on the verge of becoming the first ever to win a union contract from the world’s biggest retailer.
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Wal-Mart said it was shuttering the store in Jonquiere, Quebec, in response to unreasonable demands from union negotiators, that would make it impossible for the store to sustain its business. The United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada last week asked Quebec labor officials to appoint a mediator, saying that negotiations had reached an impasse.
“We were hoping it wouldn’t come to this,” said Andrew Pelletier, a spokesman for Wal-Mart Canada. “Despite nine days of meetings over three months, we’ve been unable to reach an agreement with the union that in our view will allow the store to operate efficiently and profitably.”
Pelletier said the store will close in May.
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