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 Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco erred in allowing the mass action suit to move forward on claims seeking back pay.

Macy’s Workers Authorize Strike

Stuart Applebaum, RWDSU President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store UnionJune 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 Manhattan flagship store in Herald Square and at three other stores in the Bronx, Queens, and Westchester. This. past week Macy’s workers at all four of the stores voted unanimously to authorize the strike.

Hundreds Rally With Macy's Workers For A Fair Contract

Macy's Workers Rally TogetherJune 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.


Workers Steamed at World's Largest Store

RWDSU President, Stuart Applebaum joins Macy's RallyJune 10, 2011
By 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 be forced to work part time, enduring a pay cut and possible loss in benefits. Said Macy’s stock person Ward Jaymes, “Eight dollars is certainly not enough to live on. Many of us need to support a family, and the company needs to understand that.”

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 to secure a new contract at the world famous emporium.

Walmart Supports Republicans

June 6, 2011
By Stephanie West

Walmart’s Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Government Relations says that the company's politics were "relentlessly nonpartisan" during the 2008 presidential election.

Garment Worker to Speak for 200,000 New York City Workers at Wal-Mart Annual Meeting

John C. Liu, NYC ComptrollerJune 1, 2011
By Stephanie West

A Bangladeshi garment worker, Kalpona Akter, who worked for a Wal-Mart subcontractor before she was fired for union activity, will represent the New York City Employees Retirement System (NYCERS) before the Wal-Mart Board of Director at their annual meeting in Arkansas this week. With the support of New York City Comptroller and NYCERS Trustees including TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen, Teamsters Local 237 President Greg Floyd, and DC 37 Executive Director Lillian Roberts, Akter will call on the giant merchandiser to implement a tough, independently verifiable “sustainability report” which would disclose, for the first time, the behavior of Wal-Mart’s thousands of suppliers.

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