MONTREAL — Wal-Mart Canada is appealing a pair of decisions last month by Quebec’s labor board that favor unions.

The retailer has asked the Quebec Labor Relations Board and Quebec Superior Court to overturn the board’s ruling in September that Wal-Mart failed to prove the closing of its store in Saguenay, Quebec, in April, was due to financial troubles and that the retailer must compensate about 100 workers who lost their jobs.

The United Food & Commercial Workers’ Union also argued the closing was designed to intimidate store employees.

Wal-Mart is appealing another ruling by the board, which is denying its bid to get the names of workers at the store who were pushing to organize. The company argued that it needed the names of the workers who agreed to join the UFCW in order to question them in preparing Wal-Mart’s defense that it did not wage an antiunion campaign.

The Saguenay store, 280 miles northeast of Montreal, was one of Wal-Mart’s first stores to unionize, but the workers never obtained a collective bargaining agreement. The UFCW claims the closing of the Saguenay unit has hampered its efforts to organize workers at other Wal-Mart stores.

This story first appeared in the October 21, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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