Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wednesday's Afternoon News

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Urges Mott's to Get Back to The Negotiating Table and Bargain in Good Faith  300 Striking RWDSU/UFCW Workers.
New York Attorney General & State Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Cuomo is urging the beverage maker to "come back to the negotiating table, bargain in good faith and reach a fair and equitable solution for workers, company and state." [Press Release]

Montgomery Labor Battle Heats Up
Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1994/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization picketed July 7 at a meeting in Gaithersburg staged by a competing union vying to represent the 6,000 MCGEO members who work for the Montgomery County government. 

Loblaw Stores Gird For Possible Work Stoppage
A possible work stoppage is looming for area supermarkets under the Loblaw banner. This, after Loblaw workers in Ontario voted 97% to give their union a strike mandate should contract talks break down. 

Food Policy Chief Leaves Job, and City Seeks a Successor
The food czar, Ben Thomases, who came to City Hall as food policy coordinator to take charge of a campaign to combat hunger and unhealthy eating, is now the chief operating officer of Wildcat Service Corporation, a nonprofit work force development contractor. 

Poll: D.C. Wants to Make Big Box Stores Pay Up, Hire Local
A week after the news breaks that Wal-Mart has finally found a viable place to locate in the District, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union has a poll out with evidence that D.C. residents support making big box stores pay a living wage and hire from local communities. 

Fight Over Wal-Mart Near Civil War Battlefield Heads to Court
Attorneys for Orange County, Va., and residents who oppose a proposed Wal-Mart store near the Wilderness Battlefield are scheduled to appear in Orange Circuit on Tuesday. 

Wal-Mart Grocery Deal Okayed By Farmers Branch City Council
Dallas-- The City Council here voted unanimously to advance talks to sell a four-acre plot of land to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to develop a small grocery. 

It's Called Capitalism
Walmart CEO Michael Duke's $35 million annual salary consistutes an hourly wage equal to the annual salary of the average Walmart employee. New Walmart employees are paid $8.75 an hour-a gross salary of $13,650 a year. Thus, over a single lunch, Duke makes the yearly salary of one of his workers. 

 Banning Single-Use Carryout Bags in California
Legislation authored by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) to ban single-use carryout bags in California has been approved by the State Assembly. At news conference at the State Capitol, Assemblymember Brownley was joined by leaders from the California Grocers Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers union and various environmental organizations as well as a trio of Hollywood actresses, Amy Smart, Rosario Dawson and Rachelle LeFevre.

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