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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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To: ozaukeemom
The Piggly Wiggly stores in the southeast approach beloved institution status because they strive to cater specifically to the local taste and preference better than anyone else. Above and beyond the good corporate citizen aspect of involvement in local charities and events, I would not be surprised at all to see Cajun foods that would be regarded as obscure or even strange elsewhere being proudly stocked in Louisiana, or wild game and Ramps in southern Appalachia. They carry big tubs of chitlins, fresh ones not frozen, in the coastal plain of NC, SC, GA and perhaps other states because the market wants it. Population in those areas is over fifty percent black for one, and for another even the white folks there like them. It's not “hick” it's good business that has kept them in good stead for a century. Perhaps Wisconsin lacks highly regionalized preferences, but I doubt that. Every place has its quirks as far as food and consumer goods. Take someone from down here into one up there (and yes it is astonishing that there are Piggly Wiggly stores there), and the very localized nature of the products stocked might become more obvious.
51 posted on 06/13/2012 7:35:17 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

Oh, I meant it in a good way. lol The people there are terrific and they try to cater to most everyone’s tastes. The deli area is great as far as items kind of local. I like that if I want a roast cut up or some bones for the dog, they are happy to help. Considering they are next to WalMart and across from Pick N Save, they are doing well to survive here. But, I know I can find things there that I cannot in Wally World.


52 posted on 06/13/2012 9:30:21 PM PDT by ozaukeemom (Will there even be an election cycle for 2016?)
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To: MNDude
Didn't you ever see Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

One of the Trucks the Government Agencies used to move equipment to the Devils Tower Base was from Piggly Wiggly.

53 posted on 06/13/2012 10:02:24 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (The only good Zombie is a dead Zombie, oh wait...)
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To: Jean S

Workers would not be offered bumping rights to other locations.
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This little piggy has ba**s.


54 posted on 06/14/2012 3:36:23 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: Jean S; All

I wish Wisconsin would become a right-to-work state. This is horrible.
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Why everyone should move to TEXAS: Right to Work State / No State Income Tax. Come on down!


55 posted on 06/14/2012 3:38:58 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: lurk; All

PW closes one store, doesn’t give transfer privileges to the employees, and employees in other union stores get the message.
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This little piggy went to Market...oh wait... This little Piggy IS the market and this little piggy has ba**s.


56 posted on 06/14/2012 3:42:59 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Years ago that happened with a steel company, Very sad and stupid. The union rep proclaimed victory while all his sheeple were left out of work.


57 posted on 06/14/2012 4:27:23 AM PDT by BOBWADE (RINOs suck)
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To: Jean S
Too bad a Piggly Wiggly store isn't going up next to every mosque in America!
58 posted on 06/14/2012 8:43:16 AM PDT by seekthetruth (I want a Commander In Chief who honors and supports our Military!)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

That makes sense - it’s the home of Johnsonville, well-known makers of brats.


59 posted on 06/14/2012 9:16:50 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Owl558
Is it wrong to enjoy hearing people say the word, “Sheboygan”?

In the classic comedy film Some Like it Hot the characters played by Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon claimed to have gone to the "Sheboygan Conservatory of Music". Obviously this location was selected for its funny sounding name as well as the fact that it sounds like the last place there would be a conservatory of music.

According to Wikipedia, besides the city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, there is a separate town of Sheboygan, which is also in Wisconsin. There is also a city called Cheboygan in Michigan. Sheboygan is at the mouth of the Sheboygan River and Cheboygan is at the mouth of the Cheboygan River. More confusingly, there is also both a city and a town named Sheboygan Falls.

60 posted on 06/14/2012 9:48:15 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: knittnmom
A guy in our Sheboygan office led the Bratwurst Days parade. It was one of his proudest achievements...
61 posted on 06/14/2012 9:53:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Cool! Madison, WI has Bratfest on Memorial and Labor Day weekends. Metcalfe’s grocery is the main sponsor, Johnsonville donates the brats, Oscar Mayer donates hot dogs, other companies make big donations. They recruit volunteers to grill, package, and sell the brats and beverages, run the shuttles, clean the grounds, etc. Then the funds raised go to charities represented by the volunteers. In my case, raising money for a mission trip through our church. I worked with a couple of really nice teens during one of my shifts, who were raising money for their private school near the Minnesota border. Lots of churches and youth groups are represented, the boy scouts, etc. It’s a big deal!


62 posted on 06/14/2012 10:14:37 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: duckman

“At least they were working.”

Yes, ‘were’ is the operative word here. Union bosses F’ their members once again.


63 posted on 06/14/2012 10:44:38 AM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: knittnmom

‘swhy they call it “Weenietown.”


64 posted on 06/14/2012 1:36:36 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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