Safeway strike looms as contract talks stall
Denver Safeway said Wednesday that little progress has been made in talks between the grocer and unionized Colorado grocery workers regarding a new contract.
Pension benefits remain the primary topic of dispute.
Safeway said negotiators for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 presented a proposal Tuesday that isn’t much different from one made in September, so Safeway isn’t willing to change its position either.
UFCW Local 7 says Safeway hasn’t been willing to meet workers halfway. The union said its members “passed a motion for the strike to start as soon as final strike sanction is released from the International Union. International Union representatives stated they did not know when final strike sanction would be released, but it could be as early as a day or two.”
The workers’ last long-term contract expired in May.
The union represents about 17,000 workers at Safeway, King Soopers, City Market and Albertsons.
Contract talks have been underway between union workers and the grocery chains for more than six months. Safeway workers already have voted twice to approve a strike if necessary.
UFCW members rejected what the stores called their final contract offer in a vote in early October, but Tuesday’s talks were then scheduled.
No new negotiation dates have been set.
Both companies — Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway and Cincinnati-based Kroger Co., parent of Colorado’s King Soopers and City Markets stores — say they have a replacement work force lined up in case of a strike.
Home Depot selects Teradata as new IT partner
WASHINGTON, D.C. Teradata announced that Home Depot has selected the Teradata Active Enterprise Data Warehouse to support its complex and growing enterprise information requirements.
In moving to the Teradata solution, Home Depot will consolidate multiple decision support systems into one centralized Enterprise Data Warehouse, which will reduce the complexity of their current IT environment, improve efficiencies and improve business insight by enabling faster decision-making. The new intelligence platform will enable detailed analysis of enterprise data pertaining to sales, inventory, cost and merchandise management.
“Our IT improvements are dedicated to creating more time for our associates to focus on customer-facing activities, and the implementation of Teradata’s solution will benefit our entire organization,” said Matt Carey, EVP and CIO, Home Depot. “Teradata’s value proposition and leadership in data warehousing platforms, software and services were critical in our decision to select them as our partner.”
Kelly adds Tiana to Disney wedding line
Disney Consumer Products and couture designer Kirstie Kelly are launching a gown inspired by Princess Tiana, Disney’s newest princess from the animated musical film, The Princess and the Frog.
The Tiana gown will be added to the Kirstie Kelly for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings line as the signature piece of an all new collection of bridal gowns. The new collection also includes the Snow White Diamond Edition gown, all new “Maidens” for bridesmaids, “Blossoms” for flower girls and a new line of fine jewelry with renowned jeweler Mouawad, each inspired by a Disney Princess character.
“The Princess Tiana gown is a very special part of the Disney Princess collection,” said Kelly. “When I look at this gown I see a modern woman that is very comfortable with her own identity. The gown is designed for a bride with a modern sensibility and effortlessly exudes both romance and sultry flair.”