Supreme Court wont hear unions appeal in Saskatchewan Walmart case

OTTAWA — Canada’s largest private sector union has been dealt a blow in its long legal battle with a Walmart store in Saskatchewan.The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the United Food and Commercial Workers’ appeal of decisions by the Saskatchewan Labour Board on the union’s accusations of unfair labour practices.That means an application to decertify the union will proceed, and include votes already cast by employees at the store in Weyburn, Sask., which had been set aside.The union first applied for certification in 2004.The application was granted in 2008 but was overturned in Court of Queen’s Bench the following year. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal also opted to dismiss the union’s appeal in December 2012.As is standard practice in the case of applications for leave to appeal, the Supreme Court did not give reasons for its decision.

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