LOVELAND, Colo. (Feb. 28, 2005) — Tire and Lube Express workers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Loveland store voted 17-1 against union representation Feb. 25.
The vote, a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), marked the second time this month that Tire and Lube Express workers elected not to join the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union. On Feb. 11, tire and automotive service employees at a New Castle, Pa., Wal-Mart store unanimously voted against UFCW representation.
“The UFCW has tried to organize our associates for years,” said Terry Srsen, Wal-Mart vice president of labor relations, in a prepared statement. “However, many of our associates are former union members—they know better than anyone that the only guarantee a union can make is that it will cost the members money—and that is why they continue to reject the UFCW.”
Local 7, the Denver-based UFCW chapter, will file an objection to the vote with the NLRB, according to spokesman Dave Minshall. He told Tire Business no union member was allowed to observe the election, and claimed Wal-Mart added employees to the unit to dilute the strength of union supporters.
The UFCW has targeted Wal-Mart tire unit workers as a way to bring unions to the nation's largest retailer. Earlier this month Wal-Mart announced it would shut its store in Jonquiere, Quebec, which was the company's first store to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement. That store had been union-certified by provincial labor officials last September.