July 7, 2011
By Harry Kelber
The Supreme Court decision, seen as a victory for Wal-Mart and Corporate America, makes it more difficult for employees to join together in a common lawsuit, unless they can identify a common injury. In a ruling on a secondary aspect of the case, all nine justices agreed that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco erred in allowing the mass action suit to move forward on claims seeking back pay.
The Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU), UFCW, has announced that more than 4000 Macy’s workers have authorized their executive board to call a strike in the event that a new contract is not secured by midnight on June 15. Local 1-S of RWDSU represents Macy’s workers at the Manhattan flagship store in Herald Square and at three other stores in the Bronx, Queens, and Westchester. This. past week Macy’s workers at all four of the stores voted unanimously to authorize the strike.
June 10, 2011
Reprint June 8, 2011 RWDSU/UFCW
Today in New York City, hundreds of union members and activists gathered in front of the famous Macy’s store in Herald Square to call upon the retail chain’s management to bargain in good faith with RWDSU Local 1-S and negotiate a fair contract for the workers there.
June 10, 2011
By Stephanie West
On Wednesday June 9th, over two hundred Macy’s employees gathered outside the flagship store on Herald Square despite the extreme heat to rally for better wages and workers rights.
With their five year contract due to expire on June 15th, many workers fear that they will lose their jobs or be forced to work part time, enduring a pay cut and possible loss in benefits. Said Macy’s stock person Ward Jaymes, “Eight dollars is certainly not enough to live on. Many of us need to support a family, and the company needs to understand that.”
June 9, 2011
Reprint, June 8, 2011, TWU Local 100
In the wilting heat of June 8, an upbeat and spirited group of Union members marched in front of the world’s largest store at Herald Square to make a very public statement about how Macy’s treats its workers. Local 1-S of the RWDSU/UFCW is trying to secure a new contract at the world famous emporium.
June 6, 2011
By Stephanie West
Walmart’s Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Government Relations says that the company's politics were "relentlessly nonpartisan" during the 2008 presidential election.
June 1, 2011
By Stephanie West
A Bangladeshi garment worker, Kalpona Akter, who worked for a Wal-Mart subcontractor before she was fired for union activity, will represent the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) before the Wal-Mart Board of Director at their annual meeting in Arkansas this week. With the support of New York City Comptroller and NYCERS Trustees including TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, Teamsters Local 237 President Greg Floyd, and DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts, Akter will call on the giant merchandiser to implement a tough, independently verifiable “sustainability report” which would disclose, for the first time, the behavior of Wal-Mart’s thousands of suppliers.
May 26, 2011
By Stuart Applebaum
Two years ago, i decided to affirm my gay identity within the American labor movement. I wanted to define myself publicly, and not just privately because I felt so strongly about the fight for marriage equality, because I wanted to be engaged in this struggle for equality and justice for all members of the LGBT community.
May 16, 2011
By Kismet Barksdale
At a time when far too many working people struggle to survive, members of a growing citywide movement today demanded living wage jobs for all New Yorkers at a public City Council hearing. At the City Council’s Contracts Committee hearing today, Mayor Bloomberg’s biased and rigged anti living wage study was also challenged.
Council members listened adamantly as passionate testimonies were delivered throughout the afternoon for passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, popular legislation supported by a majority of City Council that will ensure taxpayer subsidies create more living wage jobs.
May 8, 2011
By Michael A. Harris
On Mother’s Day, mothers from across New York came together to tell Arkansas based Walmart that their store is not welcome in New York City.
March 3, 2011
By Linda Gomez
Describing it as a “deception wrapped in a fraud,” Jack Ahern, president of the New York City Central Labor Council, is denouncing Wal-Mart tactics that seek to destroy the unity of organized labor in New York.
Matt Ryan, Executive Director of New York Jobs with Justice / Urban Agenda
January 28, 2011
If you’ve read the news or opened your mail recently, you’ve probably seen Wal-Mart promising to bring hundreds of new jobs to New York and to boost the local economy. Unfortunately, their rhetoric doesn’t match reality: in communities like ours across the country, Wal-Mart stores are devastating small businesses and destroying more local jobs than they create. Wal-Mart kills three existing jobs for every two poverty-wage jobs it creates.
In order to spread the word about the true impact of Walmart on communities, we’ve joined Walmart Free NYC, a growing coalition of concerned workers and residents, small business owners, community leaders, clergy and elected officials who are committed to increasing economic opportunities, preserving local businesses, and bringing more jobs to communities across New York.
By John Catsimatidis
January 18, 2011
Reprint from Daily News, 1/12/11
I am strongly against Walmart's entry into New York City, and I won't pretend that I'm completely objective. I own the Gristedes supermarket chain, and if Walmart comes to town, it would mean competition for my business.
December 21, 2010
Reprint from www.ufcw.org, 12/16/10
Superior Court Settlement Upholds Website that Helps Canadian Walmart Associates Know and Exercise Their Rights
By Harrison Magee
November 19, 2010
Over the past weeks, members of RWDSU/UFCW Local 338 collected hundreds of turkeys and hams to help feed families living in need throughout New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. As it does each holiday season, members personally delivered the union’s donations to food banks at Island Harvest, Project Hospitality, and several other charities and shelters in and around the Five Boroughs in time for Thanksgiving.