Walmart Inc. is an American retail corporation that operates a chain of hypermarkets, grocery stores, and discount department stores. It has its headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Sam Walton founded the company in 1962 and incorporated it on October 31, 1969. As of January 31, 2021, it has 11,443 stores and clubs in 26 countries and operating under 54 different names. It is the world’s largest company by revenue and the largest private employer globally, with 2.2 million employees.
Walmart Union –
One thing seems obvious: Walmart is determined to fight unionization. The American Human Rights Organization published a report on Walmart in which it accuses of violating the rights of workers to freedom of association in unions. As per the report, “Walmart has devised a comprehensive battery of sophisticated corporate institutions and practices aimed at frustrating union organizing activity.”
According to the report by the company, Walmart is not against unionization. The union may represent its members who work for other employers or competitors in the retail commerce industry. It believes that if believes and values are applied, then there is no need to join a union. According to the official guide, the company respects the will to unionize, but the confidential document suggests steps to be taken against unionization.
In 2005, February Jonquière store closed, and Gaétan Plourde and Patrice Bergeron, the store owners, were paying the price for their flirtation with unionism. The union organizers had previously taken the threat of closure with a grain of salt. No one could have imagined that a brand new store would close where lots of customers were there and around 225 employees working. According to the managers, it was the fault of executives and because of the union. All the employees blamed Gaetan and said because of him; they lost their job.
On April 29, 2005, the doors were officially closed. Gaetan’s struggle was not over; it went on for ten long years. He tried to prove in court that the closure of the store is illegal. In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada gave a decision in favor of employees. Gaetan felt a long nightmare was over. The highest court said he was right. According to him, popular education should be carried out before any renewed attempt to unionize Walmart.