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Maine first state to regulate big-box growth

BY CSA STAFF

AUGUSTA, Maine Maine became the first state to regulate big-box retail expansion Wednesday when Gov. John Baldacci signed the Informed Growth Act, making it easier for towns and cities to review potential big-box expansions.

The bill requires retail developments larger than 75,000 square feet to pay $40,000 in escrow for independent impact studies and related review expenses.

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NRF praises rejection of ‘card-check’ bill

BY CSA STAFF

WASHINGTON The National Retail Federation announced Tuesday that it was pleased with U.S. Senate’s decision to reject H.R. 800, the “Employee Free Choice Act,” sponsored by health, education, labor and pensions committee chairman Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. The legislation failed to receive the 60 votes needed to further debate the measure.

The bill defeated today would require the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union if presented with signed authorization cards from a majority of employees the union is seeking to organize, and eliminate the National Labor Relations Act requiring the use of  federally-supervised secret ballots in union elections.

 

 

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Investor seeks talks with Dillard’s

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NEW YORK Barington Capital Group, which represents a group of investors with a 3.2%-stake in Dillard’s Inc., today announced that it had sent a letter yesterday to William Dillard, II, the chairman and ceo of the company, requesting a meeting with Dillard and members of his management team to discuss measures that Barington believes will maximize shareholder value for the benefit of all of the company’s stockholders.

In the letter, Barington claims its initiatives would improve Dillard’s existing operating strategy in areas such as merchandising, inventory management and cost containment.

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