Statement By Stuart Appelbaum

Statement By Stuart Appelbaum

Bloomberg Vetoes Living Wage Legislation!

Bloomberg Vetoes Living Wage Legislation!

Statement From Joseph T. Hansen, International President, UFCW Union Announcing Union-Wide Relief Fund for Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 5, 2012

Washington, D.C. – “Inspired by President Obama’s declaration that we will get through this together, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union has established a Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund to provide vital financial support for the nearly 200,000 UFCW members living in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and surrounding areas.”

Landmark Living Wage Legislation Passes Council

Landmark Living Wage Legislation Passes Council

RWDSU President Appelbaum and the Living Wage Bill

RWDSU President Appelbaum and the Living Wage Bill

RWDSU Local 3 Demands New Contract

rwdsucassandra berrocal local 3s presidentApril 18, 2012
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter

Cars, taxis, trucks and buses honked their horns as they passed Bloomingdale’s flagship store on 3rd Avenue on Wednesday, April 18 to show their support to the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 3 members who rallied outside the store to demand a new contract from the company.

rwdsu local 3 members rally at bloomingdalesAbout 2,000 members, who work as sales clerks, shelf stockers and clerical workers at the 100-year old store, have been working without a contract since March 1. Both the union and company agreed to a 60-day extension so that negotiations could continue, but that window is slowing closing.

Cassandra Berrocal, President of RWDSU Local 3, said that the union is now at a crucial time in the negotiations because of the company’s position to eliminate its nine percent share of health care contributions for each employee.

Retail Industry Standards Impels Organizing

April 16, 2016
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
Some pundits are proclaiming the economy is growing as U.S. exports recently exceeded imports. But at the Murphy Institute on Thursday, April 13, panelists explained that the major driver of growth in the country and in the City particularly is the retail industry. While retail is a leading industry in job creation, retail workers, however, earn a median income that cannot sustain a family in New York.

Car Wash Industry Awash in Labor Violations

March 12, 2012
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
Unwilling to rest on his laurels, Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, whose union was instrumental in the Living Wage NYC Campaign to raise the wages for workers working on development projects receiving weighty public subsidies, announced last week a new campaign to change the dirty habits of the city’s car wash industry.

In collaboration with two community-based organizations, Make the Road New York and NY Communities for Change, Appelbaum announced on Tuesday, March 6, the launch of the WASH NY campaign and a new investigative report showing the workplace abuses the mostly Latino workforce are subjected to in the industry.

RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum Responds to Adolfo Carrion’s Comments About Retail Workers

February 24, 2012
Adolfo Carrion’s comments about retail workers to Capital New York  were deeply misinformed and completely out of touch with reality. Carrion said “retail jobs go to relatively young people, semi-retired people, students; that they are not career positions and that people don’t aspire to work at places like Modells.” Carrion got it exactly wrong. The reality is that most retail workers in New York City are adults who rely on their jobs to support families.

Reaction to Quinn's Living Wage Compromise

February 15, 2012
by Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter

Last month City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a compromise measure to revise the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. LaborPress asked Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, to explain his reaction to Quinn's decision and about the campaign's hard-fought efforts to raise the wages for workers who work for employers receiving $1 million or more in public subsidies. 
The legislation, a product of a campaign directed by Living Wage NYC, a coalition of community groups, churches and labor unions, called for a guarantee that workers working for developers on development projects receiving public subsidies be paid at least $10 an hour, regardless of whether they are employed directly by the developer receiving the subsidies, or the project’s tenants, who would not receive the subsidies.  

RWDSU - Why a Higher Minimum Wage is Needed in New York

Stuart Applebaum, RWDSU President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store UnionFebruary 13, 2012

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum made the following statement at a January 30, 2012  press conference in Albany to announce minimum wage legislation:

I’m Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). I’m proud to be here today with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and members of the Assembly.

Statement from Stuart Appelbaum President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) The Statement Was Delivered Friday January 13, 2012 at a Living Wage Press Conference

Stuart Applebaum, RWDSU President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store UnionJanuary 16, 2012

I am Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU, UFCW). I want to thank Speaker Quinn for bringing us together today for this important announcement. She has shown tremendous leadership and courage, and I am deeply grateful to her and her staff for everything they have done to get us to this point. And we would not be here without the leadership and vision of Borough President Ruben Diaz and council members Annabel Palma and Oliver Koppell. The RWDSU and all of our partners have been proud to be part of a diverse coalition fighting for living wages. And today I am so very proud to say that we have taken an important step in that fight. Together with the faith community, unions, immigrants’ rights organizations, LGBTQ groups, women’s groups, anti-hunger groups, civil rights leaders, and many others we built a strong movement for economic justice – a movement that today can celebrate a real victory for working people in this city. 

Local 338 Collects and Donates Thousands of Toys Each Year

John R. Durso, President, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCWDecember 26, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Each year members of Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW  collect and donate thousands of new toys for the John Theissen Children’s Foundation in Wantagh, a non-profit organization that supports sick and needy children on Long Island. This Christmas of 2011 was no exception.

Over the past 14 years, Local 338 has collected more than 30,000 toys for the Wantagh-based foundation as part of its annual holiday toy drive.

Living Wage Campaign Hopes Council Passes Legislation

Stuart Applebaum addresses The Riverside ChurchNovember 22, 2011
By Marc Bussanich

On the eve before the City Council Committee Hearing on Living Wage Legislation, about a 1,000 people packed the pews at The Riverside Church to hear clergy, elected officials, retail workers and the lone labor leader, Stuart Applebaum, president of RWDSU, speak about how unconscionable it is for private developers and employers to receive tax-payer subsidies for economic development but can’t or won’t pay their employees a living wage.

Wal-Mart Cuts Health Care Benefits

October 31, 2011
By Harry Kelber

After trying to mollify its critics in recent years by offering better health care benefits to its employees, Wal-Mart is substantially rolling back coverage for part-time workers and significantly raising premiums for many full-time staff.

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