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Hazards in the Retail Workplace

This guide was created to help make the legal language of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) easier to understand.

We hope the combination of the OSHA standards with photos of hazards will help you spot and eliminate dangerous situations. We invite you to read on and be alert for these hazards in your own workplace. Contact your Union Representative with questions or concerns.


Student Pallbearers Serve the Underprivileged

School is out for the summer, and may students are spending their with friends or working a summer job. But some students at the Cleveland, Ohio-based high school St. Ignatius are also spending time doing an unlikely act of service.

More than 400 juniors and seniors at this all-male Catholic school volunteer in the Saint Joseph of Arimathea Ministry, a student organization that leads funerals for deceased people who were homeless, financially insecure, or simply didn’t have anyone to give them a dignified burial.

Over the past 12 years, the Pallbearers Ministry has led hundreds of funerals. Burying the dead, these students learn that every person is worthy of dignity and care, a lesson that makes them more conscious of how they treat the living.


Kroger to accelerate sustainability efforts

Kroger Co. said it intends to accelerate its efforts to achieve greater sustainability by 2020, even as it noted its success in achieving or exceeding many of the sustainability goals it set for 2015.

“We intend to push faster and more accelerated improvements across all areas of our business,” Rodney McMullen, chairman and CEO of the Cincinnati-based chain, said. “Our annual sustainability report contains quantifiable evidence of the progress we are making.”

According to the chain’s eighth annual sustainability report issued Wednesday, Kroger’s immediate goals include establishing its first-ever water conservation targets for its stores, moving the store base to “zero waste” and attempting to source 100% certified sustainable palm oil for its manufacturing facilities.

Kroger said it is committed to reducing water consumption at its stores by 5% this year, following a reduction in water usage at its manufacturing plants last year of 61 million gallons.

Read More: http://supermarketnews.com/sustainability/kroger-accelerate-sustainability-efforts#ixzz373ZnFf1i

Judge puts ‘theft’ of Illinois pensions on hold

Judge says lawsuits challenging the law must be decided


Illinois Correspondent

Springfield IL – Illinois’ ever-contentious public employees pension issue now sits in a Sangamon County courtroom in the form of five lawsuits challenging the law passed late last year that would reduce future cost-of-living increases for the retirees.

The law was to go into effect June 1, but Sangamon County Judge John Belz put it on a shelf in May until its legal status can be determined. That could take until next year.

Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan issued a statement on behalf of the We Are One Coalition, which opposes the law: “This is an important first step in our efforts to overturn this unfair, unconstitutional law and to protect retirement security for working and retired Illinois families.


Editorial There's family value in paid parental leave

For a country that so often extols family values, the United States makes it awfully hard for Americans to care for their children. In Britain, Sweden and Norway, parents are granted about a year of paid parental leave to tend to their newborns during that particularly crucial and difficult period. In the U.S., on the other hand, federal law guarantees workers a mere 12 weeks of parental leave without pay.

In fact, the U.S. is the last remaining industrialized nation to offer only unpaid parental leave to workers. And even this overstates its generosity. The federal government deems workers eligible for unpaid parental leave only if they have been with their employer for at least 12 months, if their employer has at least 50 employees, and if they worked at least 1,250 hours during that yearlong period. Given these and other restrictions, only about 60% of private sector workers are covered. Things are even worse for low-income and minority parents, who are far more likely to be denied coverage because of the restrictions.


Suit says Maine blueberry industry exploited labor


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims a farm labor recruiter, two employers and multiple housing providers committed more than 250 violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act during the 2008 Maine blueberry harvest.

The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1mBk1u5 ) reports Monday that Pine Tree Legal Assistance filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court on behalf of 18 workers. The lawsuit says the workers were recruited in Maine based on false promises of good wages. It also says the transportation and housing provided to the workers did not meet federal requirements.

An attorney for Coastal Blueberry Service Inc. of Ellsworth and Hancock Foods of Hancock says the companies "firmly deny having engaged in violations."

The 18 workers are all U.S. citizens born in Haiti or Haitians who are legal permanent residents.

Village Voice Workers Ratify New Contract, Avert Strike

Village Voice workers, members of UAW-Local 2110, announced in a statement sent to Latin Post released Sunday, they've ratified a new contact with Voice Media Group, averting a strike at the legendary news organization.

The new contract gives the 27 sales, marketing and editorial staff a pay increase, protected maternity leave rights, childcare expenses, reprint fees and minimal changes to health care benefits.

"In many ways, this has been a bruising time. But in another sense, this has been a beautiful and unifying experience for our staff," said Eden Shulz, secretary-treasurer with UAW Local 2110. "The sales and editorial teams pulled together as a group to find our common values and our common strength."

As part of the new contract, employees receive a $25 per week pay raise, or $1,200 a year, with additional raises in 2015 and 2016. Childcare expenses for all employees with at least a year of service, whether full or part-time. Preserving a free health care option with higher co-pays and deductibles and other out of pocket costs.


My email to Hobby Lobby

Following this week's Supreme Court decision in which Hobby Lobby was a participant, I wanted you to know that I completely respect the opinions held by your firm. As I disagree with those opinions & the effects I believe it will have on women's health & the slippery slope it creates not only in the ACA, but in US law. I hope that you likewise respect my choice to shop at another source for my craft needs.

Suburban expansion threatens prehistoric sites near St. Louis


CHESTERFIELD, Mo. — Mark Leach remembers the moment he discovered his passion for archaeology. Years ago, he and his sons were playing in their neighborhood creek in this outer suburb of St. Louis. They found a funny-shaped rock, which Leach thought resembled a knife.

He took it to an archaeologist, who confirmed its authenticity: It was a tool, probably about 4,000 years old. The archaeologist didn’t seem fazed, but Leach was fascinated.

“He told me, ‘You can’t turn over a shovel of soil in Chesterfield without finding artifacts,’” Leach recalled. “That sparked my curiosity.”

Leach’s find is just one of countless artifacts that have turned up in the archaeologically rich St. Louis area over the years. Many sites were destroyed as the city grew in the 1800s. As the population has moved west into St. Louis County over the past few decades — to communities like Chesterfield — experts warn that another round of prehistoric sites is at risk.

Mass. supermarkets failing scanner tests: Report

A study of supermarket price scanners in Massachusetts revealed that nearly half the devices failed to work properly and that 85% of stores had failed to meet state requirements guaranteeing price accuracy.

The study was conducted at 34 supermarkets in Massachusetts earlier this month by Consumer World magazine. The study concluded that retailers were failing to do what was required of them when a 2012 state law revision allowed stores to remove item-pricing stickers. This included providing working scanners and printers for consumer use and disclosing pricing guarantees with signage in stores.

Read More: http://supermarketnews.com/retail-financial/mass-supermarkets-failing-scanner-tests-report#ixzz35pGONqm2

Interesting. One wonders just what this report indicates for price scanners across all of retail across the country? It is always a good idea to check your receipt after you shop and not simply assume the price in the system is accurate.
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