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February 13, 2006

News & Opinion: Wal-Mart: The Bully of Bentonville

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 5:00 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The Bully of Bentonville (due out tomorrow on V-day) is the latest in Wal-Mart books (the most recent being The Wal-Mart Effect).
Business Week's February 13th issue featured an excerpt from The Bully of Bentonville. The topic: unions vs. Wal-Mart -- an inside look into the Canadian Wal-Mart. With 260 stores in Canada, Wal-Mart "is the country's second-largest retail chain." While popular above the border, "the Canadian shopper is far more likely than her U.S. counterpart to belong to a union."
In one Canadian town -- Jonquiere, Quebec -- Wal-Mart fought against the unions by closing its store. This town held the only "unionized Wal-Mart in North America." The Wal-Mart spokesperson explained that the store was not shut down because of the union. Yet, "Under, Quebec law, a company is legally entitled to shut down a store or a factory for any reason -- even to thwart unionization -- as long as the closure is permanent."
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