Walmart workers seek union certification
SASKATOON - A group of retail workers in North Battleford hope to become one of the first to unionize a North American Walmart department store.
There have been at least half a dozen attempts to unionize Walmart employees in Canada, but none that have led to a collective agreement with the retail giant.
Earlier this week, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union signed up North Battleford Walmart employees. The union won't say exactly how many people signed union cards, but spokesperson Paul Meinema described similar certification drives he has been involved in.
"We go up with union organizers and some volunteers and talk to people about it," he said. "They sign union cards, and when we believe that we have a majority of the cards signed, we then make an application in front of the labour relations board."
Meinema says it will take about three weeks for the province's labour relations board to review the application for certification and make its ruling.