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Local 338 Collects and Donates Thousands of Toys Each Year

December 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…

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Living Wage Campaign Hopes Council Passes Legislation

November 22, 2011By 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…

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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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A Bad Deal for Workers in NYC

August 29, 2011 By Richard J. Whalen, International Vice President & Director, UFCW Region 1 A few years ago, Walmart tried to establish a presence in New York City. The company faced intense opposition from residents and elected officials and eventually said the Big Apple just wasn’t worth it. Now Walmart is reconsidering the five…

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Letter to the Editior – A Living Wage in New York

July 29, 2011 STUART APPELBAUM
 (Rev.) JESSE T. WILLIAMS Jr.
New York, July 20, 2011“They, Too, Sing America” Charles M. Blow is right on the mark when he writes, “The people who work these [low-wage] jobs are the backbone of this country, and will continue to be.” In New York City, more low-wage workers are employed…

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Court Dismisses Women’s Suit Against Wal-Mart

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…

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Macy’s Workers Authorize Strike

June 14, 2011 Stephanie West 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…

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Hundreds Rally With Macy’s Workers For A Fair Contract

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….

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Workers Steamed at World’s Largest Store

June 10, 2011By 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…

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In 90 Degree Heat, Solidarity with Macy’s Workers

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…

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