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GMDC names Anthea Jones to exec committee

BY Michael Johnsen

Colorado Springs, Colo. GMDC on Thursday named Anthea Jones secretary/treasurer of GMDC’s executive committee, effective immediately.

“Anthea has been an important thought leader on the GMDC board of directors for a number of years and in assuming a role on our executive committee the association will benefit from his experience in leading center store at his company,” stated David McConnell, GMDC president and chief executive officer. “As GMDC focuses on health-and-wellness issues and the need to integrate the health beauty wellness and general merchandise categories into the health-and-wellness mix along with grocery, Anthea will offer important insights on how we can most effectively develop our education and insights programs to align with opportunities that exist in center store.”

Anthea Jones, group vice president of center store for BI-LO, has been a contributing member of GMDC’s board of directors since 2006, the association stated.

Jones earned a masters of business administration from Shepperton University in London and a bachelor of science in economics and statistical methodology from North Carolina State University. Prior to his current role at BI-LO, Jones served as the company’s vice president of general merchandise and heath and beauty care, non-foods and pharmacy.

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Supermarket workers’ union accuses Waldbaum’s of unfair practices

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, which represents more than 18,000 supermarket, dairy and health care workers in New York, has filed unfair labor charges against A&P’s Waldbaum’s, alleging that the company is engaging in unfair labor practices during its negotiations for a new contract for about 90 pharmacists at 35 area stores.

The pharmacist contract expired April 1, and a contract extension expired April 30. A strike vote was approved on May 13. Negotiations are set to resume June 25.

A spokeswoman for A&P said, “In respect of the diligence and efforts of the respective parties, it is A&P’s position not to comment on details of negotiations.”

According to the union, among the charges are complaints that the company is forcing employees to remove pro-union buttons and stickers, calling the police on union representatives engaged in protected activities such as consumer leafleting, disseminating false and misleading information at employer’s mandatory meetings with pharmacists and refusing to supply the union wage information concerning the pharmacists’ per-diem and that of non-union pharmacists.

“In addition to all of these very blatant violations, the company has stalled our negotiations because they refuse to come to any agreement unless the union agrees to allow the company to withdraw from the Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW retirement plan,” stated Local 338 secretary-treasurer John DeMartino. “The pharmacists will not give in on this issue. They are standing strong and refuse to agree to any contract that doesn’t include coverage by the Local 338 retirement plan, and the union will continue to fight to ensure our members are guaranteed that coverage and that they are provided fair and equitable wages.”

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Walgreens donates water, supplies to flooded in Iowa

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. As residents of Iowa struggle with the severe flooding in several areas of the state, Walgreens has stepped in to help.

In collaboration with the American Red Cross and the Linn County Emergency Management Authority, Walgreens has donated two semi-trailers of bottled water, as well as cleaning and personal-care products. Stores have also increased supplies of cleaning products and fans for people returning to their homes.

Flooding forced Walgreens’ store at 102 2nd St. in Coralville, Iowa, to close, but it has kept its other store, at 2751 Heartland Drive, open to fill prescriptions.

Floodwaters also breached a levee on the Mississippi River near Meyer, Ill., Wednesday, threatening to cover thousands of acres of farmland along a 25-mile stretch of the river, CNN.com reported.

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