"...We want more so that our people can actually earn a decent living because they contribute to the community. We’re trying to illustrate and highlight these issues, like healthcare, that are extremely important to people. Bad health or bad circumstances can bankrupt you, so it is important for all of us to have heath care, and that’s what we’re shooting for — livable wages and benefits for our members.”
-Pete Boehlen, President UFCW 1496, on the thought of Safeway reducing health care for employees, in The Homer Tribune, Alaska.
About 25,000 Fry's and Safeway grocery workers in Arizona are being asked to approve a new three-year contract that was hashed out at the eleventh hour last month to avert a pending strike. The AP has more.
Pathmark Supermarkets has entered a partnership with Municipal Credit Union (MCU) to place MCU ATMs in 16 Pathmark locations in the New York metropolitan area,
Yesterday, the Office of the United States Trustee appointed the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) to the Creditors Committee in the bankruptcy of Penn Traffic.
Meanwhile the union members from Penn Traffic to be briefed on options & Penn Traffic may set an asking price for the chain. [Syracuse Post Standard]
Safeway eyes reducing health benefits. [Homer Tribune, Alaska]
Politics, City, Elsewhere
Robert Jackson's 'Small Business Survival Act' (a bill that would essentially regulate commercial rents for small-businesses) will be brought up for a vote before the NYC Council. [Observer]
NY Senate rejects same-sex marriage.
GE has sold NBC to Comcast for $30Billion.