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The Associated Press reports that Wal-Mart Canada employees in Jonquiere, Quebec, voted 74-65 not to unionize under the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).

While Wal-Mart Canada maintains that the vote clearly indicates that its employees prefer to avoid the yoke of unionization (our turn of the phrase, not Wal-Mart's), the UFCW says it plans to reapply for a vote in a few months. "We're not going away," said Michael J. Fraser, UFCW Canada's national director.

With the vote, Wal-Mart remains a completely non-union company.
KC's View:
Forgive us, but 74-65 doesn’t strike us as a huge and comfortable margin for Wal-Mart, nor an insurmountable problem for the UFCW.

And wasn't it less than a year ago that Wal-Mart employees in a Manitoba store voted 61 to 54 against unionization?

Nine votes out of 139 in one case. Seven votes out of 115 in the other.

Sounds to us like Wal-Mart had better do what it can to keep those folks in Canada happy…because the slightest affront to them could result in changed votes and eventual unionization.

And here's where it gets difficult, even for the likes of Wal-Mart. After all, how hard is it to keep its fingers in every pot, making sure that the concoction is cool and nobody is trying to stir up heat and trouble.