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Safeway.com Grocery Delivery Drivers in WA Ratify 1st Teamster Contract

Grocery delivery drivers working for Safeway.com in Washington state have voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first-ever Teamster contract last night, following a year of negotiations that led to a strike authorization vote in June.

Made up of 60 Local 174 (based in Tukwila) members and 30 Local 313 (based in Tacoma) members, the drivers are anticipating many improvements to their working conditions and lives, including increased wages, with some of the lowest-paid drivers receiving double-digit percentage increases. Other benefits will include:

Affordable health care for both drivers and their families, which most of the drivers did not previously have access to, as they were held to part-time hours and the costs were prohibitive

Joining the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan – an unusual benefit for a group ratifying its first contract – which will begin the process of building a secure retirement with a defined benefit pension plan


Giant Eagle Unionized Workers Ratify New 3-Year Contract


Pittsburgh-area Giant Eagle associates represented by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1776 Keystone State (KS) “overwhelmingly” voted in favor of a new three-year contract that boosts wages and benefits for about 5,500 employees of the supermarket chain at 35 corporate-owned stores in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, according to the union.

Among the new contract’s features:

Increase to a $10-per-hour starting rate, rising to $11 in two years

Substantial wage increases for current and future associates in each year of the contract

Missouri 2nd Congressional District

Currently held by Ann Wagner (R) looks to be interesting for the upcoming November election. Sorry The Copy & Paste didn't line up as well as one would have hoped, but the total party turnout looks to be worth noting.

Democratic Primary

Cort VanOstran
45,248 41.7%
Mark Osmack
27,389 25.2
Bill Haas
21,151 19.5
Others 14,824 13.6
108,612 votes, 100% reporting (450 of 450 precincts)

Republican Primary

Ann Wagner*
72,173 89.9%
Noga Sachs
8,115 10.1
80,288 votes, 100% reporting (450 of 450 precincts)


Results from St. Louis County Election Board on Voter Turnout for Yesterday's MO Primary

PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 650). . . . . 650 100.00
REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL . . . . . 648,163
BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 271,506
BALLOTS CAST - REPUBLICAN . . . . . 70,955 26.13
BALLOTS CAST - DEMOCRATIC . . . . . 190,652 70.22
BALLOTS CAST - LIBERTARIAN. . . . . 1,374 .51
BALLOTS CAST - GREEN. . . . . . . 372 .14
BALLOTS CAST - NONPARTISAN. . . . . 7,870 2.90
VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL . . . . . . 41.89

Right To Work Goes Down in Missouri

Proposition A: Keep Right-to-Work Law

Missouri voters will decide the fate of the state’s so-called right-to-work law, which, if it went into effect, would ensure that private sector workers no longer had to join a union or pay a fee if their workplace was unionized.

443,406 32.9%
905,186 67.1
1,348,592 votes, 98% reporting (3,157 of 3,228 precincts)


Not a big enough margin in my opinion, nevertheless it was good to see this effort by the legislature soundly defeated. That said, at least one of the GOP legislators has commented that they will simply pass it again.

Proposition A: Keep Right-to-Work Law

Missouri voters will decide the fate of the state’s so-called right-to-work law, which, if it went into effect, would ensure that private sector workers no longer had to join a union or pay a fee if their workplace was unionized.

3,642 29.3%
8,802 70.7
12,444 votes, 1% reporting (28 of 3,228 precincts)

This is still very early.


Missouri Primary Today.

Those in the Show Me State, please vote and please vote against Prop A (Right to Work).

Missouri Primary is tomorrow August 7

I encourage all my fellow Missourians to vote and encourage you to Vote NO on Prop A (Right to Work).

Brookstone Files For Bankruptcy, Plans To Close Mall Stores

Brookstone Co. Inc. has filed for bankruptcy for the second time.

The retailer — known for massage chairs and other gadgets — announced Thursday that it will be shutting down about 100 of its mall locations with hopes of selling its remaining assets, according to the filing document.

In 2014 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and sold its assets to the China-based conglomerate Sanpower Group. Currently, under Sanpower, the company operates a total of 137 retail stores, 35 of which are located in airports.

Loss of foot traffic in shopping malls was cited by Greg Tribou, Brookstone's chief financial officer, as a major reason for filing bankruptcy.


Procter & Gamble, in a Strategy Shift, Moves to Raise Prices

Prices are going Up!


Procter & Gamble Co. PG 0.85% said it was raising prices on some of its biggest brands, a strategy shift after the consumer-products giant reported another quarter of lackluster revenue growth.

After more than a year of trying to combat weak demand with lower prices on staples like Tide detergent and Gillette razors, executives said Tuesday the company was changing course. P&G said it would increase prices on its Pampers brand in North America by 4% on average and by 5% on its Bounty, Charmin and Puffs brands.

The increases go into effect later this year or in early 2019. As the biggest player, P&G tends to drive industrywide pricing moves.
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