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Attorney General Candidate Stands Up for Workers

By Bendix Anderson On Saturday, June 26, District Attorney Kathleen Rice spoke at a rally with striking Mott’s plant workers in Williamson.  Here is a short (under 1 minute) video of her speech produced by RWDSU: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2LyvKx0keA&feature=player_embedded Candidate for New York State Attorney General Kathleen Rice joined the picket line at a Mott’s processing plant…

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Wal-Mart Still Not Welcome

By Bendix Anderson JUNE 23, CITY HALL — Union activists continue to fight plans by Wal-Mart to open a new store in New York City. “Wal-Mart has not changed and neither have we, “ said Murray Morrissey, Secretary Treasurer of Local 338 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). “We will never let…

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New Living Wage NYC Campaign Launched

By Summer Brennan At a press conference held on the steps of City Hall today May 25th, workers, community groups, and elected officials met to launch the Living Wage NYC campaign, spearheaded by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), and City Council Members…

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Special Election

Melissa Pena from Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW celebrates with Jose Peralta as he wins a senatorial seat March 16, 2010. The overwhelmingly Democratic 13th State Senate District showed Mr. Peralta with 66 percent of the vote. As Senator, Peralta will now represent parts of Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Corona. Besides supporting candidates running for office,…

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Cuomo a Friend to Labor

By: Bendix Anderson   On February 23, New York City police officers arrested millionaire David Cohen, owner of the Mystique Boutique retail chain, in Manhattan. The crime? Cohen allegedly paid workers less than minimum wage, failed to pay overtime, and even threatened and attempted to bribe witnesses to keep them from talking to investigators. New York…

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Protests, Lawsuits Hit SoHo Retailers

 Protests, Lawsuits Hit SoHo Retailers By Bendix Anderson Carolina Ferreria worked more than 60 hours a week at the Amsterdam Boutique on Broadway in SoHo. She earned $8.50 an hour and never earned a penny of the overtime pay she is entitled to under the law.  “I had no idea about the law – I…

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Local 338 RWDSU Walks to Fight Cancer

Local 338 members along with 10,000 participants walked along Queens Boulevard to fight cancer on Sunday October 18, 2009. Almost $1,000,000 was expected to be collected at this 16th annual Queens event. Similar walks were scheduled across the country. The Queens walk began at 11 a.m. in front of Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens…

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Last Stand at Stella?

As politicians and labor leaders were falling over each other at a City Hall news conference to say how much they were in solidarity with Stella D’oro workers in the Bronx – and how they would “stand by” them – managers on 237th Street were shutting the plant down and putting 155 people out of…

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WalMart Fined for Death

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Walmart Stores Inc. for inadequate crowd management following the November 28, 2008, death of an employee at its Valley Stream, New York, store. The worker died of asphyxiation after he was knocked to the ground and trampled by a crowd of about 2,000 shoppers who surged…

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