Why walmart fights labour union

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Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. Walmart’s Current Policies
3.1 Insufficiencies
3. Unions .
4.2 Definition of Unions.
4.3 Purposes of Unions.
5.4 Labour Laws in Canada
5.5 Walmart vs UFCW
5. Conclusion

1. Introduction
Unions are groups of workers united with the objective to improve wages, hours and workingconditions, and have been considered one of the best solutions to labor problems. Nowadays, Walmart workers have given their best effort in the pursuit to create their own unions, resulting from a bad labor relationship between Walmart and its employees. However, Walmart has a policy and is fiercely opposed to all methods in order to avoid labor unions.
At present, Walmart has been involved inseveral lawsuits actions alleging wage-and-hour violations. Nonetheless, Walmart has created open-door labor policy by giving their workers the possibility to submit complaints and suggestions to solve their labor position. While Walmart has offered its own methods to help resolve labor disputes, workers recognize that it is not sufficient nor are equitable labor programs being carried out. Therefore,labor unions in Walmart might become in an essential tool to solve their labor issues. Protests by some Walmart employees are part of the campaign to encourage the rest to create unions.
The purpose of this research document is to demonstrate the benefits that labor unions can offer inside Walmart, and it will address existing policies in this company. In addition, it will discuss labor issuessuch as wage working hours and profit sharing experienced by employees in Walmart and influences of labor rules applied to the workers.

2. Definition of Union
A. As there are several definitions and a great deal of concepts which can be applied to Unions, it is necessary to define it before proceeding. This paper will use the legal dictionary to describe Labor Union. The Duhaime's Legalconceptualize union as a defined group of employees formed for the purposes of representing those employees with the employer as to the terms of a collective contract of employment. Lloyd Duhaime according to a legal citation (1944) states that,
Structurally and functionally, a labor union is an institution which involves more than the private or personal interests of its members. It representsorganized, institutional activity, as contrasted with wholly individual activity. This difference is as well defined as that existing between individual members of the union. The union's existence in fact, and for some purposes in law, is as perpetual as that of any corporation, not being dependent upon the life of any member. It normally operates under its own constitution, rules and bylaws,which, in controversies between member and union, are often enforced by the courts. The union engages in a multitude of business and other official concerted activities, none of which can be said to be the private undertakings of the members.

From this definition, it is clear that we can deduce that unions have a structure and function based on the pursuit of benefit community. Besides that,organizations have become more competitive, we live an era of quality, efficient companies, in all of them workers play an important role, so that trade unions should be regarded as an important link within the processes human resources.
A. Purposes of Unions.
The main function of union is obtain agreements with the employer. Nonetheless, the fundamental purpose of unions is to represent itsmembers and to protect and safeguard workers. Although each union can have very different objectives, these objectives guide every action of trade unions in their struggle for better working conditions for workers.
3. UFCW the United Food and Commercial Workers Union is a progressive and inclusive organization that is dedicated to workers’ rights and a better future for members and their families....
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