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Wal-Mart Defends Against Labor Lawsuit

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Bentonville, Ark., In its first response to the lawsuit that accuses Wal-Mart of allowing sweatshop conditions at overseas factories, the retailer said that the labor-rights plaintiff has “a history of presenting opinions as facts.”

The International Labor Rights Fund filed the class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles on behalf of workers in China, Bangladesh, Nicaragua, Swaziland and Indonesia.

According to Wal-Mart, the Fund was found by the Federal Department of Labor to have “serious flaws” in one of its reports on labor conditions in Central America.

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Food Retailers Seek Support To Serve Returning Families, Displaced Employees

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Washington, D.C., Hundreds of supermarkets recovering from Hurricane Katrina need immediate help to prepare their stores for the return of families who evacuated their communicates the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) said yesterday, responding to requests from Congress and the Department of Homeland Security for disaster relief recommendations.

FMI provided Congress a list of industry needs. The most important immediate requests include:

  • Restore communications to serve America’s neediest so retailers can accept food stamps, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program vouchers and other government benefits.
  • Expedite the removal of debris and provide security for employees and shoppers in stores and along distribution routes.
  • Allocate fuel to supermarkets and wholesalers on a priority basis to ensure that food and other essential goods are delivered quickly to stores in disaster relief areas.
  • Offer incentives for companies to hire displaced workers, including the newly homeless and people without verifiable paperwork.
  • Provide the necessary inoculations, vaccines and boosters to food industry employees in infected disaster areas.
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    Giant Denies Store Closing Reports

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    Landover, Md., Contrary to recent reports, Giant Food says it has no plans to shutter or rename stores. Rather, according to the president and CEO Marc Smith, the chain will renovate 18 Giant stores over the next two years, causing temporary closure while each of the 18 is renovated. “We have no current plans to permanently close any Giant store operations in any market areas, nor do we plan to convert Giant stores to the Stop & Shop trade name,” said Smith.

    Reports of store closures circulated when parent company Ahold shut down four Super G stores in southern New Jersey and converted the remaining area Super G locations to Stop & Shop stores. The company said that was to provide “increased synergies with Stop & Shop’s existing operations in New Jersey.”

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