Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mid Week News: Employees Declare Victory At Mott's, A&P Looks at Layoffs

Employees Declare Victory at Mott's Clamato Plant
UFCW Local 220 ratified a new contract, ending a three and a half month strike. The new agreement restores wage levels, maintains affordable health care, and continues the pension plan.
More at: Mott's Victory

Loblaw Workers Could Strike Next Month
Some 30,000 Loblaw workers in Ontario are set to strike if a new labor settlement is not reached by early October. 

Senator Gillibrand Calls for Recall Law
After a massive recall of salmonella-tainted eggs, Gillibrand announces new legislation to let shoppers know when they've purchased recalled food. "The current system to notify consumers is completely antiquated," said Gillibrand, "In America, in 2010 it is unconscionable that we don't have an effective way to let consumers know about recalls."

Stop & Shop to Provide 1 Million Meals for Local Families
The donation will provide more than one million meals to children and families in need through Stop & Shop Family Foundation, which is created to raise money to combat hunger, childhood cancer and fund children's education and supper programs. 

Stop & Shop's Peapod Unveils a new Mobil App, a free app which allows users to compile their grocery shopping lists...
"Imagine grocery shopping while riding the subway to work, or adding milk to your grocery list from the soccer field."

Wegmans Stops Selling Reusable Bags After Lead Test
Wegmans will post notice in its 76 stores and on their website offering consumers a replacement. More than 725,000 bags were sold at stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.

Video on the reusable bags: One Page News

Big Y Acquires 7 A&P Stores
"This may be a real estate strategy in which they operate maybe three of the stores, and let the leases expire on the rest to eliminate a competitor."

400 A&P Workers Facing Layoffs
More than 400 Connecticut A&P supermarket workers are facing layoffs, including 77 Middletown, when the chain's parent company closes several stores by November 1. 

Wal-Mart Remodeling Many Wholesale Clubs
Wal-Mart to remodel 150 of its 600 Sam's Clubs to better compete with rivals such as Costco.

Wal-Mart Targeted by Labor Union
UFCW International is urging the Obama administration to broaden its antitrust inquiry into mean, dairy and seed businesses to include the retailer. Wal-Mart's defenders say its policies benefit consumers, ensuring them low prices. 

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