Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.
Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant. The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.) The strike action …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Workers' strike at 28 stores in more than a dozen cities is first ever for giant retailer.
Workers are striking to protest Walmart’s attempts to “silence and retaliate against workers for speaking out for improvements on the job,” according to a news statement cited in a recent Huffington Post story. The strike was organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. The story traced the strike from 60 Walmart employees walking off the job in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct. 5, to Tuesday’s protest by employees in stores in cities including Washington, DC, Dallas, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, Orlando, Chicago and Sacramento, as well as Walmart locations in Kentucky, Missouri and Minnesota. Protests are planned at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, AR, during today’s annual investor meeting. Workers at the Laurel, MD, …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Kensington-based Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers International Union overwhelmingly votes against proposal.
- Ben Gross
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The labor union that helps Hostess Brands produce the popular treats Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Snoballs and Cupcakes, has overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer, a failure to reach agreement that could jeopardize efforts to bring the company out of bankruptcy. In January, Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy for the second time in 10 years due to a $900 million debt load, according to a recent story in the Sacramento Bee. On Aug. 14, Hostess presented the Bakery, Confection, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union—located on Connecticut Avenue in Kensington—with a proposal to get the company out of bankruptcy. Yesterday, the union rejected the proposal by a 92 percent margin, the story stated. In a statement on its website, …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Council President Berliner removed the vote from Tuesday’s agenda.
A proposed bill sponsored by five members of the Montgomery County Council would require property owners to continue paying laborers for three months even if their employing general contractor is fired. Councilmembers Valerie Ervin, Marc Elrich, Craig Rice and Council Vice President Nancy Navarro support County Bill 19-12—the “Displaced Worker Protection Act”—which would mandate that if a property owner dismisses a contractor, they must retain the employees for 90 days. If a replacement contractor is brought in, that new one must hire the employees. Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has been a strong proponent of the bill and participated in a news conference on Monday with the five councilmembers, according to Montgomery …