Union Activity Begins in Colorado Wal-Mart
New York City, Employees at a Colorado Wal-Mart’s tire department can go ahead with a union election, according to a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The store is in Loveland, Colo., where nine of the 17 employees of the Wal-Mart Tire & Lube Express signed union cards last year. Wal-Mart argued that the workers represent a department of the store—not a separate unit that can unionize. The NLRB sided with the union Friday.
The last time a separate division within a Wal-Mart store voted to unionize involved butchers in Texas. Wal-Mart moved toward case-ready meat, eliminating the need for butchers. The move was unrelated to the union activity, according to Wal-Mart.
Safeway Applauds Union Pact in Las Vegas
Pleasanton, Calif., Safeway said it was pleased that members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 711 in the Las Vegas area have ratified a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. The agreement covers approximately 1,500 employees of Safeway-owned Vons stores in and around Las Vegas.
Green Light for Kmart and Sears
New York City New York City , The blockbuster merger of Kmart and Sears cleared the waiting period established by the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust law. The waiting period ended yesterday, moving the retailers forward in their merger plans. The chains say they will close their merger in early March, if all goes according to plan. The deal still needs shareholder approval and other regulatory approvals.