Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mon-Tues News: New Chelsea Trader Joe's, PeaPod Expands...

The American-made, union-made boots by United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Locals 668 and 717 members at the Weinbrenner Shoe Co., are available online!

TORONTO- Workers at one of Ontario's biggest grocery chains have overwhelmingly voted to give their union authority to call a strike against Loblaw Co. if negotiations don't go well. 

In California and 21 other states today, union members at worksites across the nation are kicking off a nationwide grassroots campaign with a call for creating good American jobs now and backing the candidates that support them. Says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:
"If politicians want the support of working families in November they need to create good jobs here in America now. People aren’t interested in campaign slogans or promises, they want results."

According to a union website, Mott's has asked workers at a union local in Williamson, N.Y., to pay cuts of up to $1.50 per hour, and is trying to take away the workers' pension plan. The 300-odd workers have been on strike since May. 

An official with Local 791 of the United Food and Commercial Workers says workers overwhelmingly voted to accept the new contract on Thursday. 

Another regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has asserted the board's jurisdiction over Foxwoods Resort Casino, directing that a secret-ballot election be conducted among some 375 bartenders and beverage servers eligible to join the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. 

Marsh Workers Stand Up to Out-of-State Private Equity Firm, Call on Sun Capital to Respect Their Right to Form Union
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 700 today petitioned the National Labor Relations Board for a union election at the Marsh stores in Beech Grove, where the majority of workers have signaled their intention to join a union.

EAST BRIDGEWATER,Mass-- Settlement of the four-month strike affecting Shaw's Methuen, Mass. distribution center could prove to save the plant itself, although some jobs inside the facility could be changing.  

Specialty grocer Trader Joe's opened its newest location Monday in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. Snacks were handed out for those waiting on line to get into the new location at 21st Street and Sixth Avenue. As the ribbon was cut, Trader Joe's faithful made their way into the store to pick up everything from exotic cheeses to wines and basic groceries. Many shoppers woke up extra early to make it to the grand opening. "I live around the corner. I've been waiting months for it to  open,” said one shopper. “I just want to get my shopping done early. I have a lot of food I need to get inside."

FLORHAM PARK, NJ-- Trader Joe's a supermarket known for its eclectic grocery offerings and for the quirky Hawaiian  shirts worn by its employees, is moving its Florham Park store to a larger location a couple hundred yards away.

In an ongoing "Generic Foods Investigation" in the Faster Times Amy Westervelt offers a guide of some of Trader Joe's products, who makes them, what the brand-name is equivalent is, and how much is saved buying the private label over the brand. 

QUINCY,Mass., Peapod by Stop & Shop, the leading online grocer serving New England, New York and New Jersey, continues to expand its home and business delivery service with an addiction of more than 40 new communities. 

Dem and Chronicle-Rochchester: Report on Planned East Avenue Wegmans Gets Public Airing Today

Since Wakefern Food Corp. entered the Maryland market about a year ago with the conversion of seven Klein's Family Markets to its ShopRite banner, it was expected that the country's largest wholesale grocery co-op would aggressively look to expand its retailer base throughout the Baltimore-Washington market. 

For years, Target has teased New Yorkers with suggestions of its imminent arrival, plastering its logo on billboards and opening pop-up shops, but with its first location in Manhattan ready to open on July 25, the omens aren't looking good. 

NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart's Sam's Club chain is teaming up with a lender to offer loans of up to $25,000 to its small business members.

UBS Investment Research said in a research note Friday that some investors may want to exploit the potential of BJ's Wholesale Club as it begins discussions with a private equity firm to improve shareholder value. 

A new industry guide tells retailers and suppliers how to capture and communicate traceability information for these products, which will become much easier with the adoption of the GS1 Databar. 

Only a handful of industry stocks have shown gains i n their share prices in 2010, as the faint glimpses of economic recovery have so far only been a tease and retailers battled to retain customers. 


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