Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Top 13 Stories This Week:

1. UFCW rejoins the AFL-CIO. 
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: “A stronger, more unified grassroots movement of working men and women is exactly what’s needed to raise wages for workers and rebuild an American middle class. Together we are stronger—it’s as simple as that. Together working people have a stronger voice and the power to defend their rights on the job. Together we have a stronger voice in the global economy—the power to counter the excesses of CEOs and the ravages of inequality.”

2.  Check out this story about the Fight for $15...Workers who are fighting, are heroes.  Related: I work for Burger King for $7.15 per hour, here's what it's like.

3. Wish it was unbelievable: Twinkies CEO admits taking worker pensions for more executive pay.

4.  36 Senators just introduced a bill that prohibits any new law for workers' rights. Yea, read that again.

5.  Stop & Shop is cutting 670 jobs and closing ALL of their New Hampshire stores. More @ Supermarket News.

6.  Walmart is paying $190,000 after repeated serious health and safety violations throughout stores.  They're 'vowing' to improve safety issues in over 2,800 stores nationwide.

7. Tesco may close their US stores (Fresh & Easy)

8. Study confirms, consumers are paying more for mislabeled seafood.

9.  After going public, Fairway had a poor first quarter.

10.  Back to school time? Get your union-made school supplies.

11.  A bill was introduced last week that defines full-time work as 40-hours.

12.  via our friends at the NYC Central Labor Council: This Saturday Supermarket  Boycott Resumes: Golden Farm Supermarket on Church Ave.
13. Finally, a Walmart is doing good for the community- Well it's acutally an abandoned Walmart in Texas was transformed into a library.  Wonder what this country would be like if we had more libraries instead of Big-Box stores. 

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