Friday, March 6, 2015

What's News This Week: Arrests, Car Wash, Target Job Cuts

In a show of solidarity for striking workers, two Brooklyn councilmen along with RWDSU President and UFCW President were arrested for blocking traffic in an act of civil disobedience.  The car wash workers are victims of wage theft.  Last November, the owner of Vegas Auto Spa in Park Slope alleged he stole more than $600,000 from workers.  Workers recently voted to join the RWDSU.

Kroger Co. is giving Walmart a run for its money. In fiscal 2014 Kroger gained market share in 18 of 20 markets tracked by Nielsen, and Walmart is a major player in 15 of those markets, Kroger said in a conference call with analysts on Thursday. 
Lower fuel prices, better-than-expected inventory charges and a solid core operating result all boosted Q4 earnings to $1.04 a share.
As part of an internal restructuring effort, Ahold announced its eliminating jobs in Carlisle, Pa., and Quincy, Mass.
Related: Two charts show why the job market is still hurting.
The de Blasio administration reached a project labor agreement with the Building & Construction Trades Council of Greater NY, covering $3.5 billion of work and repairs at the NYC Housing Authority over the next three years.
The owner of five Harlem Papa John's Pizza franchises underpaid his delivery workers by millions of dollars, according to a criminal suit filed by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
The Presidential candidate is making his rounds attacking workers.  What happens nationally if he does get elected?
The North Carolina chains troubled expansion will close its California stores by the end of the month.
Analysts are high on Whole Foods for the next few years.
Evolving with the times, Costco is increasing its organic offerings.
Clearly voting rights are under attack.
Related: Very interesting read and plan: How Oregon Hopes to Register Every Eligible Voter
Read the latest edition of the Register, featuring stories on Fairway negotiations, Stop & Shop and King Kullen negotiations, and much more from your union, UFCW Local 1500.
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