Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mid-Week News: Mon-Weds

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

UFCW Local 1657 Endorses Shelia Smoot in U.S. Congress Race
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1657 announced its endorsements of Shelia Smoot in her bid as the Democratic candidate to represent Alabama's 7th Congressional District in the upcoming November elections. 

Labor unions are expected to spend generously this election year to support some initiatives, oppose other, and unseat a few lawmakers. 

UFCW, activists and labor groups to alert shoppers at supermarkets nationwide that Mott's is new poster child for corporate greed. 

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 will hold a "Freedom Solidarity Shop Week" July 5-12 at various Fred Meyer stores to support non-food employees who have been bargaining for months for a new contract. 


Labor unions in Chicago struck a deal to allow Wal-Mart to expand throughout the city, but unions in New York aren't so willing to budge. 


Every Chicagoan should know by now that Wal-Mart, who currently only has a single store in the city limits, plans to open about thirty new stores. 

A Michigan man has sued Wal-Mart Stores Inc for firing him after he tested positive for medical marijuana he was using legally to treat pain from an inoperable brain tumor and sinus cancer. 

Eduardo Castro-Wright, who was once seen as a candidate for chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., has been replaced as head of Wal-Mart's United States operations. 


The Bank of Wal-Mart has come to step closer to reality. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s Sam's Club unit is running a pilot program with Calif.-based Superior Financial Group to offer small business loans of $5,000 to $25,000. 

CHICAGO- A private equity firm that has invested in several retailers has taken a 9.5% stake in BJ's Wholesale Club Inc and said it might propose taking the warehouse club operator private.

Rite Aid Workers Rally at Calif. Distribution Center for Good Contract
More than 75 Rite Aid workers from the Southwest Distribution Center in Lancaster Calif. marched off the job during their lunch break this week to join supporters from dozen of other unions demanding that Rite Aid management negotiate a good contract. 

Striking workers at the Shaw's supermarket warehouse in Methuen, Mass., are gaining the support of political, community and religious leaders and union members across New England. 

CLINTON, NJ-- At ShopRite's official opening day last week, customers entering the doors to the new store in Clinton received free balloons for the kids, a single serving of Cheerios from an animated Lucky Charms, a Price Plus Club card for additional savings, and coupons. 

A Wegmans store in Germantown would mean lower prices and more choices for consumers, according to developers working with the New York grocery chain. 

Wegmans Food Markets in Woodbrige celebrates its students employees receiving scholarships through the Wegmans Employee Scholarship Program. Since the annual program began 27 years ago, Wegmans has awarded more than 24,000 of its employees with scholarships totaling more than $77 million. 

Challenge to Wegmans Liquor License to be heard by Woodbridge Council
WOODBRIDGE- VA- Township officials and the Wegmans supermarket are gearing up for a debate next month over local and state liquor license rules as the chain seeks to allow customers to buy liquor at its township store.

Citing confusion in the marketplace, Whole Foods Market Inc. is cracking down on organic standards for personal-care products.

The Super Stop & Shop supermarket on Jerusalem Avenue in North Bellmore closed Monday night temporarily for a major renovation. The pharmacy will remain open during construction. 

Bison meat is being recalled by a Colorado company over concerns about possible E. Colu contamination, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. The USDA said the recalled bison meat was sold to stores nationwide between May 21 and May 27 and some people may have already been sickened. 

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass.- Mixixe, a Brazilian relative of the cucumber is relatively unknown in the U.S., but it may one day be as common as cilantro as farmers and consumers embrace more so-called ethnic vegetables. 

Eco Friendly Shopping Bags Are E Coli Risk: Going Green May Make You Sick
A study done University of Arizona found at least 50% of consumers' reusable shopping bags tested had E. Coli on them. Most bag owners never even wash the eco-friendly bags, making them a harbor for bacteria. 

SAN DIEGO, CA-- A billing banning single- use plastic bags in California passed another hurdle last week and now moves on to the Senate Appropriations Committee.  

More than 75 Rite Aid workers from the Southwest Distribution Center in Lancaster, Calif. marched off the job during their lunch break this week to join supporters from dozens of other unions demanding that Rite Aid (a drugstore chain) management negotiate a good contract.

UFCW Canada and Mexico's Federal District Unite Efforts to Protect Migrant Workers in Canada, as Well as Their Families

Striking workers at the Shaw’s supermarket warehouse in Methuen, Mass., are gaining the support of political, community and religious leaders and union members across New England.

The Super Stop & Shop supermarket on Jerusalem Avenue in North Bellmore closed Monday night temporarily for a major renovation. The pharmacy will remain open during construction.

The Bank of Wal-Mart has come a step closer to reality. Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s Sam’s Club unit is running a pilot program with Calif.-based Superior Financial Group to offer small business loans of $5,000 to $25,000.

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