I owe my thanks, once again, to Jeanine Watt for her update on the situation at the Windsor, Ontario Walmart.
A vote was held on March 9, 2005 (Wal-Mart Windsor vote set for Tuesday, March 8, 2005) and a majority of those casting ballots voted against the union. It appears that both Wal-mart and the Union have filed unfair labour practice complaints. According to the C.B.C. report (Windsor Wal-Mart workers vote against union bid):
The UFCW union has accused the retail giant of union-busting, while Wal-Mart said union organizers have been intimidating employees (and in one case assaulting one).
The Union's News Release (Wal-Mart 1997 campaign to bust Windsor union leaves paper trail back to former Ontario premier's office) says that:
Charges against Wal-Mart Canada have been filed with the Ontario Labour Relations Board outlining Wal-Mart’s efforts to bust a union at a Windsor Wal-Mart a decade ago. The charges detail a paper trail leading back to the office of then Ontario Premier Mike Harris. The charges also reveal Wal-Mart’s latest efforts to thwart a more recent organizing drive at the same Windsor store leading up to a certification vote being held at the Windsor store today.
The unfair labour practice charges were filed Monday by UFCW Canada (United Food and Commercial Workers Canada).
Michael Forman, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers, "said the union would be asking for another vote if the OLRB finds Wal-Mart was intimidating workers." (see: Windsor Wal-Mart workers vote to not join union).
Obviously, this battle is at the early stages and is not one that either side will like back down on. This is a story that is far from over.