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"We have a history with Target," Brendan Sexton, director of organizing at UFCW Local 1500, said in a written statement.
That is why the UFCW calls on Walmart to pay its workers a "living wage" of $15 an hour, even though the UFCW's entry-level unionized members are paid close to the current minimum wage, never reaching $15 an hour.
"Given the current momentum, we expect a faster chance of success in hiking minimum wage within the retail space, which includes drug chains, than say the fast food sector," a UFCW spokesman told the Reuters news agency.
“We are not in the business of reducing workers' hours,” stated Richard Abondolo, President of UFCW Local 342.
For its part, Wal-Mart played down the protests, saying Friday that it observed only 26 protests involving "less than 50 associates." Wal-Mart says most protesters are not affiliated with the company and that many of them are rallied by the UFCW. The UFCW claims that 1,000 protests are planned on Friday in 100 cities and 46 states.
Last Thursday, the retailer filed a complaint again the UFCW in which it asks the National Labor Relations Board to issue an injunction that would prevent Wal-Mart workers from rallying and picketing.
The donations were part of "Feeding the Hungry," a joint promotion between Smithfield and the UFCW that seeks to feed more than 20 million "food insecure" people across the country over a three-year period.
In its new role, RBC Dexia would provide custody and benefit payment services to UFCW. The plan has over 36,000 members.
Wages for some UFCW workers in Chicago, contends Wal-Mart's director of community affairs, Steve Restivo, were no better than those for Wal-Mart workers.
Seasonal farm workers in British Columbia have voted in favour of joining the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (ufcw).
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