Wal-Mart workers in Weyburn, Sask., vote to dump union

Workers at Canada's only unionized Wal-Mart, in Weyburn Sask., have voted 51-5 to decertify their union.

Chain's only remaining union in Canada never achieved collective bargaining deal

The Weyburn, Sask., outlet was the only union-certified Wal-Mart in Canada. (Google Street View)

Workers at Canada's only unionized Wal-Mart, in Weyburn Sask., have voted 51-5 to decertify their union.

Although the United Food and Commercial Workers was certified as a bargaining agent in 2008, the two parties have never reached a collective bargaining agreement.

After a decertification drive was launched at the store and employees voted on that, the union argued the process was unfair and sought to block the votes from being counted.

But on Thursday, after the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the union's application to deal with the case, the way was cleared for the count to be held.

The Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board still needs to decide if the results are binding.

Long-running dispute

The Weyburn decertification drive was the latest chapter in the fight between Wal-Mart and the union that's been going on for nine years.

Wal-Mart has long resisted unionization at its North American stores, and the Weyburn store is the only unionized Wal-Mart in Canada.

Two other Canadian Wal-Marts have been certified in the past: the store at St. Hyacinthe, Que., and a store at Jonquière, Que.

However, employees at the Hyacinthe outlet later voted to decertify, and Wal-Mart closed the Jonquière store.


  • Union begins organizing efforts. UFCW applied to be certified as the bargaining agent for the employees of Wal-Mart's store in Weyburn, Sask.


  • Dec. 13: Application for the certification of the union was concluded.


  • Dec. 4: The Union was certified by Sask. Labour Relations Board


  • Oct. 15: Union declares and files First Contract Application (LRB File No. 166 - 10). It does not end up being accepted by Wal-Mart.
  • Oct. 29: Gordon Button applies for a decertification vote (LRB File No. 177 - 10).
  • Dec. 9: The Direction for a Vote - Notice of Vote was dated.
  • Dec. 22: Decertification vote was held.
  • Dec. 23: Union filed Objections to the Vote (LRB File No. 224-10).


  • Sept. 29: Saskatchewan Queen's Bench ruled votes do not need to be disclosed.


  • Union declares and files second First Contract Application (LRB File No. 135-12). It is not accepted by Wal-Mart
  • Dec. 31: Saskatchewan Court of Appeal rules votes should be released.


  • Aug. 15: The Supreme Court says it will not review the case.