Wal-Mart Workers in Canada Reject Plan to Unionize
British Columbia, Canada, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported that workers in seven stores in Canada rejected a plan to unionize. According to Kevin Groh, spokesman for Wal-Mart Canada Corp., about 70 automotive sales and service associates in seven British Columbia stores voted against representation by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union eight months ago.
Wal-Mart tried to stop the votes from being counted because it objected to the way voting employees were organized—employees from different stores were considered a single bargaining unit. The Labour Board ruled that it was an appropriate way for employees to organize, but Wal-Mart plans to appeal that decision.
Safeway Names Cominiello Eastern President
Pleasanton, Calif., Safeway Inc. named Hank Cominiello president of the company’s eastern division, which he has been heading on an interim basis for the past nine months. Cominiello joined Safeway in 1970 as a courtesy clerk and progressed through a range of retail store and district manager assignments in the company’s Denver division. He was promoted to VP, Retail Operations, in Safeway’s Eastern Division in 1998 and acting Division President in November 2004.
Wal-Mart to Open in Shanghai
Bentonville, Ark., Wal-Mart announced today it will open its first store in Shanghai at the end of this month. Its entry into China’s biggest city will supplement the already 47 stores in China. Currently, the retailer employs 20,000 people in China and has headquarters offices in Shenzhen.
The 194,000-sq.-ft. Shanghai Wal-Mart will compete with French rival Carrefour S.A. and Germany’s Metro AG.
The Shanghai Daily reported that the local retailers are preparing for Wal-Mart’s arrival by renovating their stores and revamping product lines.