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RWDSU/UFCW Workers Help Put Food on Neighbors’ Tables

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…

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Strike Lines Holding in Williamson

By Maggie Astor AUGUST 7 — More than 300 Mott’s workers at a plant in Williamson, N.Y., have been on strike for nearly three months now, and the deadlock shows no signs of abating. Out of 305 workers on strike, only seven have crossed picket lines — a 98 percent retention rate, according to Peter…

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Brooklyn’s NO to Wal-Mart

By Maggie Astor New York Communities for Change and thousands of Brooklyn residents are mobilizing against the opening of a WalMart in the East New York neighborhood. Between 60 and 70 East New York residents rallied in May, and most recently, they gathered in front of City Hall on June 23 with representatives from NYCC,…

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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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