Walmart puts an abrupt end to a program of integration at work for disabled

News 29 March, 2018
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    The Walmart stores in Quebec who employ people with disabilities put an end to their program of integration at work.

    Twenty-six stores of the province would be affected, including three in the Mauricie region.

    The information was confirmed by the CIUSSS of the Mauricie region, which ensured the placement of these workers with intellectual disabilities, spectrum disorder of autism or any other disability.

    They are ten-nine to work in the Walmart stores of the Region, ten at Trois-Rivières West, four at the Cap-de-la-Madeleine and five in Shawinigan.

    They announced the end of the employment relationship on Monday, just seven days after the semaine québécoise de la déficience intellectuelle.

    The decision would have been taken and imposed by the mother house in Toronto.

    Shock for employees

    The news has been a bombshell to employees, while some worked there for almost 20 years.

    Tears, but also, beautiful reactions have followed the announcement.

    “An employee with intellectual disability lived differently from his colleagues. He has taken his sub and decided to go out and buy a box of 50 timbits to share with the other employees of Walmart. It was a pretty touching,” says Jacinthe Cloutier, CIUSSS of the Mauricie region.

    Already, people are on the ground to find a new job to these people.

    Enterprises of the Region participate in this program.

    It seems that the ten-nine of the employees should return to work by the month of may.

    Walmart had not yet commented on the information at the time of writing these lines.