Union's last bid before top court against Wal-Mart

Ex-unionized Wal-Mart workers back at the Supreme Court fighting their former boss
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Former unionized workers at the Wal-Mart in Jonquière in the Saguenay are trying one more time before the Supreme Court of Canada to fight the conglomerate's decision to shut them down.

The first time around in 2009 the country's top court sided with Wal-Mart saying it had every right to close the Jonquière store that had been unionized seven months earlier.

The workers said the employer shut it down in response to a labour dispute. Now their argument is that the closing was an illegal change to their working conditions. Wal-Mart argues that employment is not a working condition and that the termination of employment after a store's closure is not a change to working conditions such as raising salaries.

The Conseil du Patronat, Quebec's largest employer's group, was granted intervenor status.

"It's the essence of operating a business, to be able to open it and to close it the way you want. Otherwise who will want to operate a business in Quebec if you realize you have such a burden on the essential decision on the life of your business," lawyer Guy-François Lamy told CJAD 800 News.

A ruling is expected in the next few months.

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