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Clement Godbout, head of the Quebec Federation of Labour, accused the McDonald’s Corporation of shutting down the restaurant in order to
send an unmistakable warning to its other workers in Canada. Godbout called McDonald’s “one of the most anti-union companies on the
planet.” The McDonald’s Corporation denied that it had anything to do with the decision. Tom and Mike Cappelli claimed that the St. Hubert
restaurant was a money-loser, though it had operated continuously at the same location for seventeen years. McDonald’s has roughly a thousand restaurants in Canada. The odds against a McDonald’s restaurant in Canada going out of business —
based on the chain’s failure rate since the early 1990s — is about 300 to 1. “Did somebody say McUnion?” a Canadian editorial later asked.
“Not if they want to keep their McJob.”
This was not the first time that a McDonald’s restaurant suddenly closed in the middle of a union drive. During the early 1970s, workers
were successfully organizing a McDonald’s in Lansing, Michigan...
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