Tuesday, March 16, 2010

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New York apple growers, on behalf of 42 participating supermarket chains, have once again donated $25,000 to the American Cancer Society (ACS) as part of an ongoing effort to help fight cancer and raise awareness of the cancer-fighting benefits of eating apples.

The Brooklyn Eagle looks at the new Key Food in Bay Ridge. “You are the Number One supermarket in Brooklyn, and I’m thrilled that you’re opened again in Bay Ridge,” said Borough President Marty Markowitz at the grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning. “I’m so glad Key Food is investing so much in Brooklyn.”

Yournabe.com: New Brooklyn Supermarket 'Key' to Brooklyn.

More @ Brooklyn Paper

ShopRite Employees featured on Cheerio's Boxes:
To raise hope and funds for the hungry and to increase awareness of the issue of hunger, 43 ShopRite stores participated in a six-week contest for National Hunger Awareness Month, September, sponsored by ShopRite and General Mills, ShopRite reported.
ShopRite associates raised nearly $500,000 toward fighting hunger in their local communities. To recognize this effort, 86 ShopRite associates, selected by their peers, represent their stores on a special-edition Cheerios box unveiled this month and available only at ShopRite stores this month. Each store was awarded $1,000 to donate to a hunger charity of its choice.

The founder of Aldi, Karl Albrecht, was named the world's tenth richest man.

Ohio: More and More Workers being Cheated out of Wages:
More than 200 Aldi store managers filed suit in January claiming the discount grocer had misclassified them as exempt from overtime. The case, pending in U.S. District Court, was initiated by Howard McNelley of Elyria, who spent nine years working at the Aldi in Brooklyn before being fired in June 2009. The lawsuit does not say why McNelley or other workers were fired.
Aldi released a statement for this story saying "As a matter of policy and practice, Aldi consistently adheres to all employee-related laws and regulations. We look forward to presenting the facts in court."
Walmart fired a Michigan man for using prescribed Medical Marijuana.

The Chicagoist continues a series of pieces on 'Working for Wal-Mart': Part three of the story looks at company employment practices:
As part of our on-going coverage of Wal-Mart’s attempt to break into the Chicago retail market, we take a look today at the company’s employment practices in the Chicago metropolitan area. Chicagoist met up with three Wal-Mart employees to talk to them about their jobs, company policy, and why they work there. Check out parts one and two of this story.

Supermarket News: Wal-Mart saw its stock rise about 3% in Monday’s trading after Citgroup analyst Deborah Weinswig upgraded the stock and said the company was poised to grab more grocery market share from traditional supermarkets.  

Here is the statement from the UFCW International on President Obama's Speech at the Export-Import Bank's Annual Conference.

The Food Consumer asks are you getting "cheated when you buy Organic?"

Shaw's Strike
Warehouse workers who supply fresh produce to a variety of Shaw's Supermarkets are striking and taking their dispute to the stores they supply including the Lynn Fells Parkway market.
Warehouse workers from Local 791 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union in Methuen walked off the job Sunday and onto the picket line in front of 12 stores in the Greater Boston area and New Hampshire.

The Boston Herald reports on the Fund set up to assist the 310 UFCW members on strike.

Politics, Nation
Sen. Arlen Specter racked up another union endorsement Monday as the Pennsylvania chapter of the Service Employees International Union said they will back the five-term senator in his Democratic primary battle with Rep. Joe Sestak. Read more @ Politico

NY Soda Tax, destined to fail despite push, TV ads: - A proposed new tax on sugary drinks appears unlikely to pass the state Senate, despite passionate campaigning by Gov. David Paterson and his health commissioner. Read more @ The Times Union

NY Post: Four House Democrats from New York yesterday emerged as crucial swing votes to pass President Obama's health-care bill, as the desperate commander-in-chief took his reform pitch to the heartland to troll for every last vote he can get.
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