Wal-Mart allowed to close unionized Saguenay store: SCOC
Published Friday, November 27, 2009 10:05AM EST
Retail giant Wal-Mart had the legal right to close a store in Saguenay that was on the verge of becoming unionized in 2005, Canada's highest court ruled Friday.
The 6-3 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada ends a four-year legal saga that began when most of the store's 190 employees were fired as they were about to negotiate a collective agreement.
Most lower courts that ruled on the case also sided with Wal-Mart.
During the Supreme Court hearings early this year, the company denied it fired its employees because they had just formed a union.
The company said they were let go simply because the store was shutting down.
But workers at the outlet said the two events were related.
- With files from The Canadian Press -