NUPGE President James Clancy has called on working Canadians to challenge Wal-Mart "with passion, courage and conviction". The retail giant has recently been found guilty of harassing and intimidating employees who want to form a union at their Ste-Foy, PQ outlet, and was fined $500,000 after pleading guilty to 25 charges of failing to inform Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of injuries on the job. In Saskatchewan, Wal-Mart has been fighting off unionization in Weyburn and North Battleford. After long delays, the transnational giant has finally been forced by the courts to hand over relevant documents to the Labour Relations Board, including their internal anti-union handbook for managers.
The debate over Wal-Mart and its business practices is spreading around the globe. In the US, the grassroots Wake Up Wal-Mart Campaign is working to make Wal-Mart a better employer and corporate citizen. They hope to sign up 100,000 supporters by labour day. In Canada, the Canadian Labour Congress has launched a fax campaign to protest Wal-Marts actions in Canada, including the closure of the store in Jonquiere, Quebec, which was about to become the first unionized Wal-Mart in North America.