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Canada McDonald’s Certifies Union

August 20, 1998

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ A McDonald’s restaurant north of Vancouver became the first unionized outlet of the fast food chain in Canada on Wednesday.

The owners of the restaurant in Squamish and officials from the Canadian Auto Workers reached a mediated agreement on the workers’ certification vote.

``With the assistance of board officials, they solved all the outstanding issues,″ said Labor Relations Board spokesman Clive Lyttle. ``Now the employer and the union, over the weeks and months ahead, have to bargain in good faith to reach a collective agreement.″

The restaurant originally called the vote into question, saying 28 new employees didn’t get a chance to vote. Later, company lawyers withdrew the application to include the 28 new employees.

Union lawyers argued that the restaurant hired the employees in a bid to overturn the certification vote. In one payroll period, the number of employees at the restaurant jumped from 74 to 104, they said.

The restaurant chain has been the target of an intense union drive in Canada since an outlet in St. Hubert, Quebec, was closed shortly before a union was expected to gain certification.

The Canadian Auto Workers has successfully organized unions at 11 Starbucks and 40 Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets in British Columbia.

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