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Report: Card-check provision removed from Employee Free Choice Act

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK The New York Times on Friday reported that the “card-check provision” — which would have required employers to recognize a union as soon as a majority of workers signed cards saying they wanted a union as opposed to a secret-ballot election — has been removed from the Employee Free Choice Act in an effort to secure enough Democratic votes to avoid a filibuster.

It was a polarizing issue — the card-check provision was advocated by union organizations because it would have made it easier to unionize a workforce. In its place, several Senate and labor officials told the New York Times, the revised bill would require shorter unionization campaigns and faster elections — with elections to be held within two work-weeks after 30% of a workforce signed cards favoring unionization.

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Bashas’ files for bankruptcy protection

BY Alaric DeArment

CHANDLER, Ariz. The 15th largest privately owned supermarket chain in the country has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11.

Bashas’ voluntarily filed for reorganization based on the national credit crisis, stagnation in the Arizona economy and what it called the “repeated, ongoing attacks from the international and local grocery worker’s union.”

“We made this bold move to help preserve the business and the jobs of our more than 10,000 employees,” Bashas’ president and CEO Mike Proulx said in a statement. “We did this to improve the health of the company as we navigate through difficult economic times.”

The company said it has financial backing and has obtained a debtor in possession loan commitment for $45 million to continue operations.

“We are confident that our family of stores is here to stay,” SVP and Basha family spokesman Edward Basha said. “We’re not winding down operations, and it is not our intention to sell to another entity.”

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Luvs baby diapers and Marissa Winokur ‘Take a Stand’ against overpriced everyday items

BY Anna Mcgrath

CINCINNATI Marissa Jaret Winokur, Tony-Award winning actress, is taking a stand alongside Luvs baby diapers as the chosen spokesperson for its “Take A Stand” initiative to rally moms against such overpriced everyday items as diapers.

The well-known name in baby care is teaming up with Winokur to headline the “Take a Stand” media tour this fall, and help build awareness for the movement through social networking Web sites and blogs.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Marissa to the Luvs family,” said Dominic Iacono, Luvs brand manager. “With her unapologetically fun, down-to-earth personality and independent spirit, Marissa truly embodies all the attributes of the Luvs mom – someone who our consumer can really relate to.”

Luvs baby diapers deliver ultra leakage protection and a money-back guarantee for less cost than the pricey brands. The company’s “Take a Stand” campaign is scheduled to commence this September.

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