Auto department union bid denied at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart Stores said a labor board blocked a union from organizing staff in the auto department at a British Columbia outlet because it can’t be separated from the rest of the store.

The United Food and Commercial Workers sought to organize 10 employees in the Tire Lube Express department of a store in Cranbrook, Wal-Mart said in a statement Tuesday. Targeting them as a separate unit was “inappropriate,” British Columbia Labour Relations Board Chairman Brent Mullin said in a June 30 ruling.

The company currently has a single unionized store, in Quebec.