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Dow Jones reports that more than two years after binding arbitration began between Walmart’s Canadian operations and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) there, a judge has essentially imposed a new contract that keeps wages and benefits where they are; a 30-cent per year raise, he said, will be used to offset union dues.

Arbitration began after a single Walmart store in Saint-Hyacinthe, about an hour east of Montreal, was organized by its workers and joined the UFCW.

Walmart said that the judge’s conclusion reinforced its long-held position that its wages and benefits are competitive and that union representation was unnecessary.

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