Wal-Mart Closes Unionized Auto Center in Quebec

Citing “an unworkable union contract” that increased costs by more than 30%, Wal-Mart Canada on Thursday closed the Tire Lube Express automotive center at its discount store in Gatineau, Quebec.

TORONTO — Citing “an unworkable union contract” that increased costs by more than 30%, Wal-Mart Canada on Thursday closed the Tire Lube Express automotive center at its discount store in Gatineau, Quebec. The center won certification with the United Food and Commercial Workers union in 2005, and a contract was imposed by the Quebec Labor Board in August.

Wal-Mart Canada in a statement said it could not provide value to customers when the contract called for 33% wage increases for the

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