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2008-06-25 18:02:53

Grocery workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1995 have reached a tentative agreement with their employer, the Kroger Company. The agreement covers 9000 members working at 92 Kroger stores (and one freestanding pharmacy) in middle and eastern Tennessee, southern Kentucky, and northern Alabama. UFCW Local 1995 members stuck together in solidarity through months of negotiations to achieve a fair contract with Kroger--one with affordable, quality...

2008-06-16 15:00:36

UFCW Local 555 will be holding a community rally at The Dalles Fred Meyer on Tuesday, June 17, 2008. The Non-Food employees at The Dalles Fred Meyer have been seeking their first contract since November 2007, when they overwhelmingly voted to be represented by UFCW Local 555. UFCW Local 555 represents about 20,000 workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington. As of today Fred Meyer has been unwilling to settle a fair contract for these employees. The company has failed to address the...

2008-06-14 06:00:20

By Patrick Garmoe, Duluth News-Tribune, Minn. Jun. 14--The Area Retail Grocers Alliance and United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1116, which represents 1,800 full- and part-time grocery store workers from the Twin Ports and Iron Range, reached a tentative contract Thursday. Workers in the Twin Ports will vote on whether to accept the contract on June 25, while workers on the Iron Range will vote on June 26. If ratified, the three-year contract would apply retroactively to April...

2008-02-19 06:00:23

By James Bernstein, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Feb. 19--King Kullen, Long Island's only family-owned supermarket chain, said yesterday one of its union locals is making "unrealistic demands" in contract talks and was being "disingenuous" in saying the company is attempting to reduce pension and medical benefits. Employees at seven King Kullen stores on Long Island walked off their jobs Sunday in four-hour shifts before returning to work. Negotiations between King Kullen and Local 342 of...

2007-12-02 09:00:19

A UFCW work stoppage at Safeway stores was avoided after round-the-clock negotiations resulted in a tentative agreement with four UFCW Unions representing 25,000 workers at some 300 Safeway stores in Northern California. The four-year agreement was reached the day the contract was set to expire. Strike authorization votes scheduled to take place on Sunday and Monday have been canceled. No specifics on the new pact were released pending distribution of the agreement to Union members....

2006-08-17 14:19:20

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Giant retailer Wal-Mart has become a political target ahead of November's congressional election, taking fire from Democrats and labor unions for its record on health care, jobs and wages. A cross-country bus trip drawing support from scores of big-name Democrats is the latest chapter in the year-old "Wake Up Wal-Mart" campaign, which organizers hope will put the labor and business practices of the country's biggest...

2006-06-25 11:49:46

NEW YORK (Reuters) - About 16,000 workers at three New York-area grocery store chains avoided a strike after the stores reached labor agreements with the union representing them, the union said. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 reached an agreement with Pathmark Stores Inc. and Ahold NV's Stop & Shop on Friday evening, the union said in a statement. A four-year contract was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday. It affects more than 7,000 workers at...

2005-12-09 20:27:21

By Nichola Groom and Martinne Geller LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said on Friday a campaign by a union-funded group that says Jesus would have disapproved of the company's practices is offensive and misleading. Wake-Up Wal-Mart, which has pressured the world's largest U.S. private-sector employer to improve wages and benefits, launched the campaign on Thursday to coincide with the holiday shopping season. The retailer faces intense pressure from unions,...

2005-09-19 07:14:31

By Emily Kaiser CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is enjoying its best publicity in years as even its harshest critics laud the retailer's Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. But Chief Executive Lee Scott isn't resting on his laurels just yet. For years, Wal-Mart largely ignored its image problems as customers flocked to its stores and its growth seemed nearly unstoppable. But the company acknowledges that it can no longer dismiss increasingly vocal and well-organized groups...

2005-08-23 20:38:41

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'