Thursday, July 2, 2009

Smithfield workers in NC ratify first union contract, Thursday One Liners...

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Workers at Smithfield Foods Inc.’s largest plant, in Tar Heel, N.C., have ratified their first labor contract with the United Food and Commercial Workers, the company and union announced yesterday. More from the AP.

A company that recently became the largest kosher meat producer in the United States, Alle Processing, was found by the National Labor Relations Board to have illegally intimidated its employees before a union election with the UFCW last fall.

BBC: 'Tesco's Labor Relations under fire"

As Bashas' [Arizona] closes a staple store, says more store closures to come soon.

K-Mart is offering discounts to the unemployed in Michigan.

Unemployment reaches 9.5%.

Franken's Victory Bolsters Democratic Grip in Senate

After nearly eight months of waiting, almost 20,000 pages of legal briefs, and millions of dollars in election costs, Al Franken emerged Tuesday as the next United States senator from Minnesota, ending one of the most protracted election recount battles in recent memory. Mr. Franken, 58, a former comedian and author, could be seated in the Senate as early as Monday, leaders there said, providing Democrats with something they had long hoped for: 60 votes, and thus at least the symbolic ability to overcome filibusters

Democrats in the NY US Senate Race.

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