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Sheboygan-based Piggly Wiggly Midwest to close store (union demands)
Sheboygan Press ^ | 6/12/12 | Staff

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 union’s 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 judge’s decision is subject to appeal.

Employees have been working without a labor contract since Sept. 7, 2011.

Following the judge’s 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: unions
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1 posted on 06/13/2012 10:49:18 AM PDT by Jean S
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Ping! I wish Wisconsin would become a right-to-work state. This is horrible.


2 posted on 06/13/2012 10:51:29 AM PDT by Jean S
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To: Jean S

“Employees have been working without a labor contract since Sept. 7, 2011.”

At least they were working.


3 posted on 06/13/2012 10:52:41 AM PDT by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: Jean S

another smart move by the union, now those members are unemployed....but the union bosses still get paid....


4 posted on 06/13/2012 10:52:51 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: Jean S

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.


5 posted on 06/13/2012 10:53:55 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: Jean S

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.


6 posted on 06/13/2012 10:54:47 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Jean S

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.


7 posted on 06/13/2012 10:55:41 AM PDT by Obadiah (2008: Hope & Change -- 2012: Fear & Destruction)
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To: duckman
“Employees have been working without a labor contract since Sept. 7, 2011.”

Well now they're not working without a labor contract, and I feel certain they're delighted.

8 posted on 06/13/2012 10:55:45 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Jean S

I would stay clear of thet store, no telling what these people will do.


9 posted on 06/13/2012 10:56:12 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: Obadiah

“Sheboygan is a big Democrat stronghold..”

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Which definitely rules it completely out as being “the greatest little town in the world”.


10 posted on 06/13/2012 10:57:39 AM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: Jean S
There are Piggly Wiggly stores in Wisconsin?

Amazing. Do they sell chitlins by the ten gallon tub there, too?

11 posted on 06/13/2012 10:58:11 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Jean S
Now, 83 union members can discuss with the 19 why they all have no job, paycheck or bennies, but the union bosses do.
12 posted on 06/13/2012 11:00:34 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Jean S
The unions are like the Russian who complained to the local commissar that he was unhappy because his neighbor had a cow but he didn't have one. The commissar asked if he wanted to have a cow, too. “NO, I want you to kill his cow.”
13 posted on 06/13/2012 11:05:40 AM PDT by JPG (Don't just talk about it, make it happen.)
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To: Jean S
Groceries on the Shelf (Piggly Wiggly)--Lucille Bogan, 1933
14 posted on 06/13/2012 11:06:38 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Jean S
I feel bad for the 100+ store workers who are now out of a job but if businesses that were hassled by both a union and the NLRB did this more often it would break the union stranglehold on workers and their employers. Workers would start rejecting unions, realizing that the highly paid union leaders don't protect them but use them for dues money they send to leftist Democrats.

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.

15 posted on 06/13/2012 11:13:09 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: JPG

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.


16 posted on 06/13/2012 11:13:58 AM PDT by Eva
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To: EyeGuy

Sheboygan is home to the annual Bratwurst Days parade and celebration.


17 posted on 06/13/2012 11:15:45 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: EyeGuy

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.


18 posted on 06/13/2012 11:16:38 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

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.


19 posted on 06/13/2012 11:18:59 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Fiji Hill

Wow! If Piggly Wiggly has been around that long it ought to now be called Hoggly Woggly!


20 posted on 06/13/2012 11:22:12 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: goat granny

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.


21 posted on 06/13/2012 11:31:50 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Navy Patriot

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.


22 posted on 06/13/2012 11:34:57 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Secret Agent Man

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.


23 posted on 06/13/2012 11:35:02 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Secret Agent Man

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.


24 posted on 06/13/2012 11:37:40 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: Jean S

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.


25 posted on 06/13/2012 11:39:54 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Jean S

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.


26 posted on 06/13/2012 11:43:57 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Youth And Brawn Are No Match For Age And Treachery. I'm Old And May Not Fight. I'll Shoot Instead.)
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To: Jean S
Workers would not be offered bumping rights to other locations.

Well, those dues were well spent. /s

27 posted on 06/13/2012 11:52:21 AM PDT by mykroar (October race riots bring November martial law.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Northern unions had best learn their own lesson. It does not pay to push a southern business too hard, some will retaliate harshly.


28 posted on 06/13/2012 11:53:14 AM PDT by Sea Parrot (Youth And Brawn Are No Match For Age And Treachery. I'm Old And May Not Fight. I'll Shoot Instead.)
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To: Jean S

The Union will probably insist, even thought the store is closed, that employees still be paid until they retire.


29 posted on 06/13/2012 11:53:54 AM PDT by Ben Mugged ("Life's tough..... It's even tougher if you're stupid." John Wayne)
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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.


30 posted on 06/13/2012 11:54:46 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: arthurus
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.

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.

31 posted on 06/13/2012 11:55:43 AM PDT by okie01
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To: Jean S

Piggly Wiggly? Lol, is there really a place with such a name?


32 posted on 06/13/2012 11:58:39 AM PDT by MNDude ( Victimhood is the Holy Grail of liberalism)
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To: Obadiah

“Funny thing is, that Sheboygan is a big Democrat stronghold.”

Ahhhhh, The Snoids From Sheboygan strike again!


33 posted on 06/13/2012 11:58:39 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: JPG

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.


34 posted on 06/13/2012 12:00:26 PM PDT by Sea Parrot (Youth And Brawn Are No Match For Age And Treachery. I'm Old And May Not Fight. I'll Shoot Instead.)
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To: Fiji Hill
Groceries on the Shelf (Piggly Wiggly)--Lucille Bogan, 1933

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!


35 posted on 06/13/2012 12:00:58 PM PDT by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO!)
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To: Jim Scott

Yeah, and they can always get a job at Thompson Industries.

Oh, wait.... /s


36 posted on 06/13/2012 12:02:35 PM PDT by PfromHoGro (RINOs give Rhino a bad name, & Oil = Recycled Solar Power)
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To: MNDude
Piggly Wiggly? Lol, is there really a place with such a name?

Piggly Wiggly was the first self-serve grocery store, founded in Memphis, TN, in 1916.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piggly_Wiggly


37 posted on 06/13/2012 12:04:51 PM PDT by HoneysuckleTN (Where the woodbine twineth... || FUBO! OMG! ABO!)
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To: Secret Agent Man
Ever been to Meijer?

They're hugh!(I'm series)

I was walking through one one time and found a Walmart inside.

38 posted on 06/13/2012 12:05:35 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: MNDude
Piggly Wiggly? Lol, is there really a place with such a name?

I never realized it either, until the movie Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

39 posted on 06/13/2012 12:14:47 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: EyeGuy

[ “Sheboygan is a big Democrat stronghold..”

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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.


40 posted on 06/13/2012 12:33:04 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Jean S

41 posted on 06/13/2012 12:40:41 PM PDT by crosshairs
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To: MNDude

Affectionately known as the “Wobbly Sow” around here.


42 posted on 06/13/2012 1:33:41 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Secret Agent Man; RegulatorCountry

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.


43 posted on 06/13/2012 1:41:57 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Jean S

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.


44 posted on 06/13/2012 1:45:18 PM PDT by RicocheT (Eat the rich only if you're certain it's your last meal)
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To: Jean S

Is it wrong to enjoy hearing people say the word, “Sheboygan”?

Sheboygan, Sheboygan, Sheboygan, Sheboygan....


45 posted on 06/13/2012 2:16:25 PM PDT by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: HoneysuckleTN; N. Theknow
Groceries on the Shelf (Piggly Wiggly)--Lucille Bogan, 1933

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.

46 posted on 06/13/2012 2:49:54 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: RegulatorCountry
There are Piggly Wiggly stores in Wisconsin?
Amazing. Do they sell chitlins by the ten gallon tub there, too?

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.

47 posted on 06/13/2012 2:58:38 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Jean S; Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; ...

Wisconsin ping list — Sheboygan Piggly Wiggly closing in union dispute

FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping list.


48 posted on 06/13/2012 3:14:56 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: RegulatorCountry

There are a bunch in Wisconsin. I shop at one sometimes. Seems pretty much like other grocery stores.


49 posted on 06/13/2012 7:05:12 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Will there even be an election cycle for 2016?)
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To: N. Theknow

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.

SF


50 posted on 06/13/2012 7:18:26 PM PDT by SwampFoxOfVa
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