Retail negotiations will begin in earnest in March of next year for the majority of Union Retail Grocery stores represented by UFCW Local 1189. We have designed a survey to gather information from you on what is important in your workplace and your thoughts and ideas regarding your collective bargaining agreement (your Union Contract). Your opinions and input are important. Take the Survey!
From Marijuana Business Daily, 1/14/16: Following an anti-climactic launch to New York’s medical marijuana program last week in which some dispensaries did not see a single patient, the state’s marijuana business license holders say they expected a slow start and will be able to survive until patient numbers pick-up.
From Marijuana Business Daily, 12/29/15: If R. Brooke Jackson was a congressman, he would rule in favor of banks that want to open accounts for marijuana businesses. But at a hearing on Monday, Jackson told lawyers for the Fourth Corner Credit Union that he is a U.S. district court judge who must uphold existing federal laws that make it illegal for banks to serve cannabis-related clients. Read entire article here.
From Marijuana Business Daily 12/17/15: A single company is about to dominate Canada’s thriving hemp-based foods industry. Manitoba Harvest this week acquired Hemp Oil Canada for $42 million, which will give the combined company an edge in two industries: hemp foods and hemp ingredients, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Read entire Marijuana Business Daily article here.
From City Pages, 12/15/15: Everyone loved longtime Menards pitchman Ray Szmanda, the grandfatherly face of the home improvement store until the late '90s. But not everyone is a fan of the kitchen sink emporium’s labor practices. Last week a New York labor group filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, company. The Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 153 is accusing the company of trying to keep any prospects of employees organizing under its work boot.
From ufcw.org 12/4/15: Several major deficiencies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact (TPP) – including failure to address currency manipulation or set in place adequate labor and environmental standards – are clear evidence that passage of this pact would hurt American food processors, family farmers and ranchers, while also posing serious threats to U.S. domestic beef production and prices, according to two advisory reports submitted today to the USTR.
Making Change at Walmart’s national “Are You With Us?” tour will include rallies at Walmart stores and other retail locations in cities in all 50 states across the country in the coming weeks. The kick-off is in Quincy, Mass., on Wednesday, Dec. 2. The tour and campaign are meant to showcase and highlight the negative impact that the country’s largest employer has on all American retail workers, which includes paying employees poverty-level wages, cutting hours and schedules to force workers into part-time jobs and salaries, and insufficient benefit offers.
From Marijuana Business Daily 12/3/15: A new day has dawned for Minnesota’s medical marijuana industry. The two companies licensed to cultivate and sell marijuana in the state – LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions (MinnMed) – will benefit immensely from Wednesday’s decision to add intractable pain to the program’s list of qualifying medical conditions.
From Pioneer Press/twincities.com: While Minnesota United fans envision a future of professional soccer players dribbling across an immaculate grass field, St. Paul's city planners contemplate a new east-west street from Snelling Avenue to Lexington Parkway. Those planners also envision new residential and commercial buildings, ranging from three to 15 stories, serviced by Metro Transit's new A-Line rapid bus and the Green Line light-rail corridor.
The Wisconsin Labor History Society is sponsoring a high school essay contest for the 2015-2016 school year. All high school students (grades 9-12) residing in the state of Wisconsin are eligible and invited to participate. This is a great opportunity to teach our youth about labor with cash prizes as an incentive! Download the flyer and encourage participation!