Union Splinter Group Targets Wal-Mart
St. Louis, The Change to Win Coalition, a labor group comprised of unions that broke off from the AFL-CIO, held its inaugural convention in St. Louis today. Represented in the group are seven unions including the Teamsters, the Service Employees International Union, and the United Food and Commercial Workers. They represent about 5.4 million workers.
Coalition leaders, including Teamsters president James P. Hoffa and UNITE HERE president Bruce Raynor, vowed to organize Wal-Mart employees. In response, Wal-Mart pointed to its long record of employee votes against unionization.
New Contract For Kroger Unions
New York City, Seven International Brotherhood of Teamsters locals representing 3,200 workers in Southern California have approved a new five-year contract for Kroger, the nation’s largest grocer by sales.
Kroger, Albertson’s and Safeway, the nation’s big-three supermarket chains, endured lengthy labor strikes last year, causing millions of dollars worth of losses.
Hurricane Update: Most Stores Closed Due to Rita Reopen
New York City, Even though Texas and Louisiana residents who fled Hurricane Rita remain displaced, the majority of retailers have restocked their shelves as they await the return of their customers.
Bracing for the wrath of Rita, Wal-Mart closed 155 stores on Saturday morning. By Sunday, all but 52 were open for business. Similarly, Target was able to reopen 28 of its 32 closed stores.
“While there was a disruption, it won’t be cataclysmic,” for merchants, said Scott Krugman, a spokesman at the Washington-based National Retail Federation. “This should have a minimum impact on nationwide sales.”
The Home Depot, the nation’s largest home improvement retailer, also reopened its doors in Texas and Louisiana. Furthermore, company spokesman Don Harrison said that over 100 trucks have been dispatched to bring additional supplies to Home Depot stores, so full shelves will greet their customers.