Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday Afternoon One Liners: Walmart Chicago, A&P gets a Complaint

“Our Union will continue to drive home the point that it is the workers that will lead A&P out of its financial troubles. However, they have a both a moral and legal obligation to do all they can for employees that are being impacted immediately by this bankruptcy.”
-Bruce W. Both, President of UFCW Local 1500 in a statement today announcing they have filed charges against A&P.

Supermarket News writes, financial lawsuits pile up at A&P...Meanwhile A&P and Stop & Shop settle the Rocky Vitale suit, terms of the settlement were not disclosed.  Bloomberg News has more details.

Residents in Toms River are wondering where they're going to shop for groceries.

A U.S. appeals court ruled against Arizona's Immigration law.  Read it @ NY Times.

Walmart's response to Target's 'P-Fresh', price matching, read the synopsis in the Minnesota Star Tribune. No surprise they launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign on Monday.

At Related's Headquarters, a FlashMob sang and performed in protest to a potential Walmart opening a store in NYC.

Crain's Investigative report, Chicago Walmart Failures:
When Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hired Margaret Garner in 2005 as the first black woman contractor to build one of its stores, she was hailed as a symbol of the benefits local businesses and minority communities would reap from the retail giant's push into Chicago.
Six years later, her company is bankrupt, crushed by cost overruns on Wal-Mart's first Chicago store, located in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago's West Side. A Crain's investigation shows that the benefits to minority contractors were less than suggested by the hype surrounding Ms. Garner's hiring.
At a community meeting on Monday, Walmart didn't receive too warm of a welcome @ CBS News.  They've also closed on their coveted land in the South Side of Chicago for their first Super Center..

This Saturday, Make the Road NY's innovative new piece of legislation, the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) went into effect. This comprehensive new State law marks an enormous victory for workers throughout New York.  Read more @ Crain's.

John Castimatidis was interviewed on Gotham Radio this weekend, topics ranging from Mayoral race to Walmart in NYC.

And the 2011 UFCW International Scholarship Application is now available. Sign up!

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