Skip to comments.Sheboygan-based Piggly Wiggly Midwest to close store (union demands)
Posted on 06/13/2012 10:49:10 AM PDT by Jean S
Sheboygan-based Piggly Wiggly Midwest notified the state on Tuesday it intends to close its south-side Sheboygan store by Sept. 1, the same store that had been the subject of a recent complaint by the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
The closing would result in the loss of 108 jobs at the store at 3124 South Business Drive, the notice to the state Department of Workforce Development said. Workers would not be offered bumping rights to other locations.
The letter was signed by Piggly Wiggly President Paul Butera, who addressed a copy to Sheboygan Mayor Terry Van Akkeren.
In May, a National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge ordered the company to restore full-time status and benefits to represented employees at the store whose hours were reduced without bargaining with their union.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1473 accused Piggly Wiggly Midwest of violating federal labor laws and not bargaining in good faith last September when it reduced hours for 19 of its represented employees shortly after the unions labor deal expired.
Federal labor laws require employers to provide labor unions prior notice of such changes and an opportunity to bargain, which the company did not do, the union alleged.
The judges decision is subject to appeal.
Employees have been working without a labor contract since Sept. 7, 2011.
Following the judges ruling in May, a company attorney said the company was exploring all options related to the future of the south side Sheboygan store, including the viability of continued operations there.
Butera, Van Akkeren or union representatives could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.
Piggly Wiggly Midwest supplies more than 102 grocery stores in Wisconsin and northern Illinois, most of which are operated by independent franchisees.
Ping! I wish Wisconsin would become a right-to-work state. This is horrible.
“Employees have been working without a labor contract since Sept. 7, 2011.”
At least they were working.
another smart move by the union, now those members are unemployed....but the union bosses still get paid....
Unions and useless, destructive government bureaucrats like the NLRB are going to wake up one day and discover that their constant attacks on viable, honest, productive businesses was A Bridge Too Far.
Looks like another signal to the unions that they don’t run the place anymore. PW closes one store, doesn’t give transfer privileges to the employees, and employees in other union stores get the message.
Ah yes, the Unions destroy another one. Boy, good thing the Union is for the “little guy”, huh? Now these people can sit home, watch Oprah while collecting gubmint handouts and complain the government and evil Republicans aren’t doing more to help them.
Funny thing is, that Sheboygan is a big Democrat stronghold. Funny how people never seem to make simple connections, just like how the people from Detroit will steadfastly vote for Democrats as they circle the drain.
Well now they're not working without a labor contract, and I feel certain they're delighted.
I would stay clear of thet store, no telling what these people will do.
“Sheboygan is a big Democrat stronghold..”
Which definitely rules it completely out as being “the greatest little town in the world”.
Amazing. Do they sell chitlins by the ten gallon tub there, too?
Meanwhile, union honchos kill jobs by making outrageous demands and generally acting like thugs. The result: no store, no transfer, no job. They can thank their union and the NLRB but they'll probably blame their former employer - and vote Democrat in the next election.
Well, perhaps not. One hopes that sheer self-preservation will motivate unionized workers to think hard about the value of being in a union that kills jobs and
bribes contributes a big part of their dues money to leftists like Obama.
A lot of the union members may be moving away from Obama, but they still want to keep their government pensions and collective bargaining rights.
Sheboygan is home to the annual Bratwurst Days parade and celebration.
I wouldn’t say greatest little town in the world.
But there has been a major improvement to their waterfront areas for tourism, fishing, boating, restaurants and beach lovers. They basically took dilapidated oil storage areas doing nothing and totally turned it around. Both public and private sectors had a part to play. One of the few successes one can point to there and see a real economic improvement. Also a general quality of life improvement for people living there too, to be able to enjoy their best natural asset, the lake.
Been there for over 42 years.
They are not hick stores, regarding your chitlins remark. They are full blown grocery/supermarkets. You even ever set foot in one? No different than Sentry, Publix, Pick and Save, or any other fairly large grocery store chain.
Wow! If Piggly Wiggly has been around that long it ought to now be called Hoggly Woggly!
The ultimate goal of the unions is a world where the CEO of Piggly Wiggly would be tossed into prison for doing this.
Business must never forget this.
I have seen with my own eyes union workers in Michigan vote to put an entire grocery chain out of business rather than accept wage concessions. And they acted as if they had won some sort of victory for “hanging tough”. There is no reasoning with this sort of mentality.
Man are you ever wide of the mark. I designed and printed the store circulars for Piggly Wiggly southeast regional headquarters in North Charleston, SC for a number of years.
Yes, I’ve “set foot” in quite a few.
Yes, they do sell chitlins in ten gallon tubs. Not something I’d associate with Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
No, the “hick” stereotype is in your own head.
They are quite different from mainstream grocery stores and have a very unique demographic.
So, bite me genius, lol.
We southerners are all very familiar with Piggly Wiggly. I too am surprised that the chain would be in Wisconsin. PWs do sell products that make money in their areas. Publix, etc., don’t tailor their inventories to local tastes so much. Winn Dixie does a little better at that but PW is the most sensitive to local tastes.
Indiana now is.... Don’t be suprised if WI follows suit in a few years... and the rest of the rust belt. Longer the economy remains slow, the more the rust belt will look at the places that jobs are going and realize working and jobs are more important than making sure union thugs get their blood money.
Union thugs really taught Pig Wig a lesson, that will really teach Pig Wig to mess with them. /S
Oh, and to hell with the union workers now out of a job, in the big picture they are expendable.
Well, those dues were well spent. /s
Northern unions had best learn their own lesson. It does not pay to push a southern business too hard, some will retaliate harshly.
The Union will probably insist, even thought the store is closed, that employees still be paid until they retire.
Piggly Wiggly was America’s first true self-service grocery store, and was founded at 79 Jefferson Street in Memphis Memphis, Tenn. in 1916 by Clarence Saunders.
In grocery stores of that time, shoppers presented their orders to clerks who gathered the goods from the store shelves.
Saunders noticed that this method resulted in wasted time and expense, so he came up with an unheard-of solution that would revolutionize the entire grocery industry: he developed a way for shoppers to serve themselves.
Piggly Wiggly was unlike any other grocery store of that time. There were shopping baskets, open shelves and no clerks to shop for the customer all unheard of!
Piggly Wiggly Corporation issued franchises to hundreds of grocery retailers for the operation of Piggly Wiggly stores.
The stock was successfully traded on the New York Stock Exchange for some time, but through a series of stock transactions in the early 1920s, Saunders lost control of Piggly Wiggly and had no further association with the company.
Simple answer. Piggly Wiggly is a wholesaler; their stores are independently owned.
Publix and Winn-Dixie are both chains -- owning both the wholesale and retail functions.
Piggly Wiggly? Lol, is there really a place with such a name?
“Funny thing is, that Sheboygan is a big Democrat stronghold.”
Ahhhhh, The Snoids From Sheboygan strike again!
I one read in pre commie Russia, a Kulak was asked what would make him happy? He replied, that his neighbor’s ox would die.
Yeah, and they can always get a job at Thompson Industries.
Oh, wait.... /s
They're hugh!(I'm series)
I was walking through one one time and found a Walmart inside.
I never realized it either, until the movie Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
[ Sheboygan is a big Democrat stronghold..
Which definitely rules it completely out as being the greatest little town in the world. ]
Which made the libbies come swarm to it...
The libs love living the “good rural life” in a small town/city but they eventually get control of everything and destroy it.
Affectionately known as the “Wobbly Sow” around here.
Piggly Wiggly (abbreviated in my check register as Pig Wig — or on the street as “The Pig”) is a lot better than Sentry, Publix, Pick & Save. Not only are they lovely supermarkets, they do a lot for the towns where they are located — donate to all the charities, support 4th of July fireworks, allow the high schoolers to hold car washes there, etc., etc. They were a major sponsor just a couple of weeks ago of the Cedarburg Block Party — a community celebration because the date — 5-30-12 matched the town zip code 53012. Free ice cream, face painting, bands, entertainment, etc. I couldn’t go, but it sounded like a big success.
Yikes, I hope my local Pig can still get the mix to bake those great Sheboygan hard rolls. Great for burgers & brats. The union made a lot of its represented lose jobs.
Is it wrong to enjoy hearing people say the word, “Sheboygan”?
Sheboygan, Sheboygan, Sheboygan, Sheboygan....
I listened to some of the other old blues songs by her. Whoa, had no idea!
(If anyone else is tempted to listen to some of her other songs and is easily offended, don't...just don't.)
Thanks for introducing me to Lucille Bogan...I think. LOL Wonderful, strong voice and goes well with just the piano for accompaniment. But the lyrics...oh, my!
Piggly Wiggly used to generate complaints that it was putting small, family-owned stores out of business--as Wal-Mart does today. The song seems to reflect this sentiment.
I've never seen a Piggly Wiggly in California, but if you're hungry for a certain variety of boneless pork, you can get a big bag of frozen chitlins at the local Stater Brothers down the street from me here in North Orange County.
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There are a bunch in Wisconsin. I shop at one sometimes. Seems pretty much like other grocery stores.
I remember going to a Piggly Wiggly as a five year old with my mother in the early ‘50s in Lafayette, IN. We would walk the few blocks to the store and pick up frash food for dinner. Those were the days.