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Reaction to Quinn’s Living Wage Compromise

February 15, 2012by 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…

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

February 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…

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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

January 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…

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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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