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Cabela’s Names Human Resources VP?

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Sidney, Neb., Cabela’s Inc. has hired Charles Baldwin to serve as VP and chief human resources officer.

Baldwin comes to Cabela’s after 20 years working for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., with more than 10 years of experience in the human resources division. As VP of global talent management for Wal-Mart, Baldwin oversaw executive and organizational development, as well as Wal-Mart’s Corporate Learning Center and Leadership University.

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President of Toys “R” Us Canada to Head Chain’s Japanese Operations

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Wayne, N.J., Toys “R” Us announced that Monika Merz has been promoted to CEO for Toys “R” Us, Japan, effective Nov.15. Merz currently serves as president, Toys “R” Us, Canada.

In her new role, Ms. Merz will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s owned and franchised operations in Japan. She will report to Kei Kodera, representative director, chairman and president, Toys “R” Us, Japan, and will be based in Tokyo.

Merz joined Toys “R” Us, Inc. in October 1996 as VP and general merchandise manager for Toys“R”Us, Canada. In 2000, she was promoted to president.

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Kroger, Union Prepare for Strike

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Cincinnati, The union representing nearly 11,000 workers in Kroger Co.’s home region revoked a contract extension on Monday, and both sides say they are getting ready for a strike.

Union negotiators reported late Monday that contract talks with Kroger Co. had broken off. The union cited a lack of significant progress on such issues as wages, health care and pensions.

Local 1099, which represents workers at Cincinnati-area Kroger supermarkets, said it has revoked a contract extension that was in effect until Nov. 3, and it will now expire at midnight Nov. 2. No more bargaining sessions are currently scheduled.

According to a report in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the grocer, in reaction to the fruitless negotiations, announced it would begin to pursue temporary workers.

“Because of the union actions we are preparing to recruit temporary workers,” said Kroger spokeswoman Meghan Glynn. “Plans are in place for a variety of scenarios. It’s unfortunate that it’s coming to this. We’ll do what we need to do to serve our customers.”

Recruiting temporary workers did not occur in California, Michigan or Texas during recent labor negotiations.

No future bargaining dates have been scheduled but a Kroger spokesperson said the company was willing to return to the bargaining table.

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