Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Workers Swarm 42nd Street and Picket Across the City For Liveable Wages and Better Treatment

    Hard-hats and picket-signs flooded 42nd Street yesterday evening as thousands of workers and social activists from around the city gathered in solidarity to fight for better working conditions. The demonstration came on the heels of last week's Fast-Food Forward protest -- where employees at differ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    City Council Set To Override Bloomberg's Veto On Living Wage Bill

    Nearly 100 New Yorkers from coalitions across the city stood on the steps of City Hall this afternoon to claim victory for the Living Wage Bill.The bill will require companies that receive $1 million in city subsidies to pay their employees a minimum wage of $10 -- $11.50 if the employee does not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    The Stonewall Stop and Frisk Summit - Or, Al Sharpton, Chris Quinn and the NAACP Walk Into a (Gay) Bar...

    An historic coalition of traditional race-oriented civil rights organizations, labor unions, and LGBT groups met yesterday at the Stonewall Inn to endorse the upcoming SIlent March to End Stop and Frisk on Father's Day, June 17. The "press conference" featured an impressive roster of speakers -- inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Gay Inc Takes On Stop and Frisk, the NAACP Goes to the Stonewall Inn, and Other Signs of the "Black/Gay Divide"

    So, the promised fallout between blacks and gays continues! Four weeks after President Obama came out for same-sex marriage, today will see one of the most significant signs of a new alliance between traditional race-based civil rights groups and the current wave of LGBT oriented civil rights group ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, on the Living Wage Bill

    When Speaker Christine Quinn presented her compromised version of the Living Wage Bill last week, we immediately wondered how it would affect retail-clothing workers, #47 on the Voice's list of the 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers. We got in touch with Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Whol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Andrew Cuomo's Walmart Runs Are Annoying the Union

    ​Like anyone who's recently moved, Governor Cuomo has been doing a lot of shopping (for the Executive Mansion, in his case), spending "about $300 in recent months" reports the Daily News. State workers have been sent to Albany-area Walmarts for supplies for Cuomo's official abode. This is to k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Walmart New York City Has a Website

    ​Have you seen this? Apparently Walmart, who is making a very public push win hearts and minds in New York City, launched a new website today at Splayed across the very top is the above graphic, right under the tagline "Helping NYC Save Money and Live Better." Oh, really?

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Downtown Boutique Owner David Cohen Busted for Wage Fraud

    ​The owner of a chain of chic downtown boutiques was fitted for a pair of handcuffs today. David Cohen, whose downtown stores include the Mystique, Madness, Exstaza, and Amsterdam boutiques, was arrested and charged with cheating his workers out of $1.5 million in wages by the office of state ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Scott Brown Embraced as Role Model by Local Politicians

    ​Stuart Applebaum, president of the powerful Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, calls Scott Brown's Massachusetts victory "stunning" and a "wake-up call," suggests it means Paterson is finished, and backs Cuomo. Paterson's campaign manager says, au contraire, "Yesterday's outcome i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    'Tis the Season: Protesters Hit A Queens Mall With Demands For a Living Wage

    As shoppers scurried to snatch up last minute gifts inside the Queens Center Mall, local elected officials and community organizations painted the shopping destination's landlord, Macerich, as the latest Grinch in the ongoing fight for living wages -- just days after the city council rejected a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    Case Study: How a Bronx Supermarket Lobbyist Takes Down a Competitor

    An enormous supermarket, recently slipped into the Related Companies' Kingsbridge Armory development plan, caused a bit of an uproar among community groups and elected officials in The Bronx. But it caused an even greater upset for Morton Williams, a Bronx-born supermarket chain, which has a store d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    H&M Goes Union

    Things are coming up roses for retailer H&M. Their stock hasn't been doing too badly lately, and they're even opening a new store this week at Lexington and 86th. This may have encouraged the company to reach an agreement with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union for a 3-year contract in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Quote of the Day: Paul Krugman

    "What should change? What lessons should we be learning? The first is, obviously, that finance is something to be carefully regulated. We went from a banking system that served our needs and did so while consuming about four percent of the gross domestic product, and paying average wages... to a fin ... More >>

  • News

    December 18, 2001

    Bread and Roses Too

    Celebrating 1199’s Voice for Culture

  • News

    August 7, 2001

    Dining Out on Cheap Labor

    Worker Slam-Down at Brooklyn Plant

  • News

    November 3, 1998

    Money Talks

    Well-heeled incumbents heavily favored in city congressional races