Coalition Demands Council Pass Living Wage Bill

Stuart Applebaum, RWDSU, PresidentMay 16, 2011
By Kismet Barksdale

At a time when far too many working people struggle to survive, members of a growing citywide movement today demanded living wage jobs for all New Yorkers at a public City Council hearing. At the City Council’s Contracts Committee hearing today, Mayor Bloomberg’s biased and rigged anti living wage study was also challenged.

Council members listened adamantly as passionate testimonies were delivered throughout the afternoon for passage of the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, popular legislation supported by a majority of City Council that will ensure taxpayer subsidies create more living wage jobs.

Mothers Unite Against Walmart

Mother's are determined to keep Walmart at a distanceMay 8, 2011
By Michael A. Harris

On Mother’s Day, mothers from across New York came together to tell Arkansas based Walmart that their store is not welcome in New York City.

Walmart Advertising is Deceptive

March 3, 2011
By Linda Gomez

Describing it as a “deception wrapped in a fraud,” Jack Ahern, president of the New York City Central Labor Council, is denouncing Wal-Mart tactics that seek to destroy the unity of organized labor in New York.

Respect NYC—Keep it Walmart Free

Matt Ryan, Executive Director of New York Jobs with Justice / Urban Agenda
January 28, 2011

If you’ve read the news or opened your mail recently, you’ve probably seen Wal-Mart promising to bring hundreds of new jobs to New York and to boost the local economy. Unfortunately, their rhetoric doesn’t match reality: in communities like ours across the country, Wal-Mart stores are devastating small businesses and destroying more local jobs than they create. Wal-Mart kills three existing jobs for every two poverty-wage jobs it creates.

In order to spread the word about the true impact of Walmart on communities, we’ve joined Walmart Free NYC, a growing coalition of concerned workers and residents, small business owners, community leaders, clergy and elected officials who are committed to increasing economic opportunities, preserving local businesses, and bringing more jobs to communities across New York.

Walmart will wound New York neighborhoods: Business leader says keep megastore out of city

By John Catsimatidis
January 18, 2011
Reprint from Daily News, 1/12/11

I am strongly against Walmart's entry into New York City, and I won't pretend that I'm completely objective. I own the Gristedes supermarket chain, and if Walmart comes to town, it would mean competition for my business.


December 21, 2010
Reprint from, 12/16/10

Superior Court Settlement Upholds Website that Helps Canadian Walmart Associates Know and Exercise Their Rights

RWDSU/UFCW Workers Help Put Food on Neighbors’ Tables

Members of Local 338’s staffBy 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 Hospitality, and several other charities and shelters in and around the Five Boroughs in time for Thanksgiving.

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