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  • The Maryland State Senate is considering legislation that would force large employers that don't provide a proscribed level of health care benefits to pay a tax that would be used to provide those benefits to uninsured employees, according to the Baltimore Sun.

    Wal-Mart is fighting the proposal, calling charges that it does not offer sufficient coverage to enough people “myths.”

  • Wal-Mart is facing yet another unionization move in Canada, this one taking place at a Windsor, Ontario, store.

    Ironically, this same store won union certification back in 1996, becoming the first North American Wal-Mart to become unionized. However, the unionization effort ultimately collapsed when the two sides could not reach a contract agreement.

    A vote by the store’s employees on union certification is expected next week. Wal-Mart is contesting the application for a certification vote, saying that some 50 employees were excluded from the proposed bargaining unit.

    Two Wal-Mart stores in Quebec have voted for union certification. Wal-Mart has announced that one of them will be closed because of what it described as borderline performance that would only be worsened by a collective bargaining agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). In the other Quebec store, Wal-Mart has been ordered by labor officials to stop harassing workers trying to unionize.

  • The Staten Island Advance reports that Wal-Mart, having lost the opportunity to open its first New York City store in Rego Park, Queens, now is looking at two sites on Staten Island for possible store locations.

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