Canadian Wal-Martians vote down unionization

(August 20, 2003) — (Bentonville-AP) -- Wal-Mart Stores says some employees in Canada are rejecting efforts to unionize. The Bentonville-based retailer says workers in Thompson, Manitoba, refused to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. There was no immediate comment from the union. The company says results of a union vote, which took place at the Thompson Wal-Mart store on June 27th, were released yesterday by the Manitoba Labour Board. Wal-Mart has stridently opposed unions in its stores, arguing that the company is structured so that employees get the best conditions by working directly with the company.