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Saks Worker Cries Foul on Union

BY CSA STAFF

New York City, The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation reported that a Saks Fifth Avenue employee filed federal charges today against the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union Local 1102 for illegally threatening to get 150 employees fired if they assert their right to refrain from formal union membership and refuse the automatic deduction of full union dues from their paychecks.

Foundation attorneys cite that union officials never informed the employee, Robert Jones, a cosmetics retail sales associate in Saks’ flagship store in Manhattan, or any other similarly situated employee, of his right to refrain from formal union membership and not be forced to pay for union politics and other non-bargaining activities.

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Whole Foods Reviews Lobster Treatment

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Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market Inc. says it will stop selling lobsters if a more humane way isn’t found to buy and sell them. The natural and organic foods grocer set a June 15 deadline for carrying out a new process for buying and selling live lobsters, to be led by an internal task force.

“Our commitment to animal compassionate standards means eliminating unnecessary and avoidable suffering when it is possible,” said John Mackey, co-founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market. “We are viewing the lobster as a live creature rather than a commodity that deserves no concern.”

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Charming Shoppes Quarterly Profit Climbs

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Bensalem, Pa., Charming Shoppes Inc. said Wednesday that profit jumped nearly 70% in the fiscal third quarter as its newly acquired catalog business added to sales.

For the three months ended Oct. 29, the company earned $10.8 million, or 9? per share, up from $6.4 million, or 5? a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 22% to $663.3 million from $541.8 million, helped by a boost from the Crosstown Traders catalog business acquired in June. Same-store sales rose 3%.

Charming Shoppes noted that it had unusual gains in the third quarter from insurance reimbursements and a lawsuit settlement, but said these were offset by a charge related to its decision to repatriate foreign earnings to take advantage of a government tax break.

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