Image via WikipediaIt's time to cast your vote for JWJ's 'Scrooge of the Year'.
Another report on Tops' Market 'serious' interest in Penn Traffic stores.
UFCW Local 7's mail-in contract voting has ended, the ballot counting begins. The final offer included an annual wage increase of 25 to 30 cents an hour for journeymen workers, along with larger corporate contributions to pension funds and reductions in retirement benefits
The 52-month contract offer includes annual raises totaling $1.30 an hour for the highest-paid workers; signing bonuses of $150 to $1,000 in the form of gift cards paid upon ratification; $40 million in additional payments to an underfunded pension plan; reduced waiting periods to get medical benefits; and new preventive health care benefits. Negotiations began in April; workers from both chains as well as Albertsons, have been working without contracts for months. [Colorado Gazette]
UFCW Members at the Angelic Textile Services company in Massachusetts are on their sixth day of a strike. Read more at Boston.com.
South Jersey UFCW Local 152 will vote on a SuperFresh deal.
A Walmart employee was fired for not wearing a Santa hat, was rewarded her job back.
City, State, Elsewhere
New York City Council votes no on Kingsbridge Armory plan.
A Siena College poll on Monday found 61 percent of New Yorkers felt the state was on the wrong track. The last time more New Yorkers felt the state was on the right track than on the wrong track was January 2008. The poll also found that New Yorkers have a bit more confidence in Governor Patterson.
And The New York Observer looks at a new Siena poll: Gillibrand loses to Bill Thompson, Guiliani.