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To say thanks, Nemenz will offer refreshments Saturday



Published: Fri, July 17, 2009 @ 4:56 p.m.

POLAND — Henry Nemenz said he’s received so many phone calls of support this week that he is offering free hot dogs and soft drinks at his Save-A-Lot store on U.S. Route 224 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

“I just wanted to say thanks for your support,” the grocer said.

Some members of the community have agreed to help run a grill in the parking lot, he said. People have been calling Nemenz this week in response to a Vindicator story this past Sunday about the ongoing informational picketing at his Poland and Struthers stores. Pickets from the United Food and Commercial Workers are out to inform the public that the stores are nonunion.


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1YSUgrad99(200 comments)posted 5 years ago

Maybe I'll take a little drive over to Poland to shop this Saturday! Those Union people need to understand that what they are doing is wrong....and they need to go!

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2AtownParent(561 comments)posted 5 years ago

I know I am. Henry Nemenz is an asset to the communities he has stores in. For a group of people to search him out and try and ruin his business is just disgusting. They should be ashamed of themselves.

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3gg1932(2 comments)posted 5 years ago

I would like to see a comparison of the good Mr. Nemenz has done for this area and the good the UFCW has done. I think you will find nothing on the UFCW side and a multitude of good on Mr. Nemenz' side. I will be shopping in Poland on Saturday and probably later this afternoon. Keep up the good work Mr. Nemenz.

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4Ytownnative(1015 comments)posted 5 years ago

HenryFest 09

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5gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 5 years ago

We all owe The Vindicator a big "Thank You" for Sunday's story, as well as the "blogging" The Vindy allows us to do.
Writers from newpapers across the country are impressed and following this.
~~~See you on Saturday.
~~~Best,
Gypsy

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6valleyred(1095 comments)posted 5 years ago

It's about time someone stood up to the unions in our area. Now it is time for our politicians to call them out as well!

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7pak1116(16 comments)posted 5 years ago

Go away UFCW - Employees at the union Giant Eagle across the street don't make much more than minimum wage to start and they pay union dues. This picketing has nothing to do with better wages or working conditions its about membership numbers and collecting union dues. And remember one of Mark Dann's sleezy sidekicks was a bigtime UFCW official-not surprising.

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8SCOutofTowner(4 comments)posted 5 years ago

Can anyone tell me how the Hubbard grocery store situation turn out? Weren't they being hassled by the UFCW as well, several months ago?

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9gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 5 years ago

The Hubbard IGA was closed due to the same "informational pickets". The pickets were harrassing the shoppers and being mean.
This was not a "stand-alone building", it was in a strip-plaza on West Liberty Street, the former Patton's Market
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The people that live in Hubbard still shop at Mr. Devine's Store on Route 62/7 [Main Street]. Mr. Devine and Mr. Nemenz are friends.

Alot of people now drive to Route 422 & 616 [Lincoln Knolls Plaza], Save A Lot or Route 193 [Belmont Avenue in Youngstown].
Some drive to Sharon, PA; etc.

Too bad you are not in town, SCO.
~~~Best, gypsy

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10Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

I had seen the pickets at Henry's Hubbard store . Their goal wasn't to unionize but it was to shut the store down no matter what the cost . The people should not have been intimidated by them and stood their ground to keep the store open . Now the store is gone in Hubbard . Let us not allow this to happen in Struthers , Poland or wherever UFCW has an ax to grind .

THE MANY VIOLATIONS OF UFCW LOCAL 880

http://www.unionfacts.com/unions/unfa...

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11gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 5 years ago

Stan,

You are correct. However: alot of the Hubbard people that always had shopped at Mr. Patton's store, [prior to Mr. Nemenz opening] are elderly, infirmed or disabled.

Because Hubbard is a small community, many residents are on a first name basis. I have not been to Hubbard since May 2008 [for a family event].

It was amazing, Stan, that after forty years of living "away", that people still knew my name.
It is hard for me to even begin to comprehend, what that is like.

Have a great Woodstock Daze.
See you tomorrow?

~~~The Gypsy

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12Ken(153 comments)posted 5 years ago

I know several people who were and are still employed by Henry Nemenz and they all praise him. He has worked their hours around college courses, graduation parties, weddings and has been more than fair with his wages. Thank God we have Henry and those pickets should go and get a real job!

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13yeahright(20 comments)posted 5 years ago

What I want to know is what are the pickets being paid? I'll bet the UFCW doesn't pay them union wages or give them benefits. Henry's employees can at least say they have career opportunities their.

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14Enough(32 comments)posted 5 years ago

Just a hunch, but I'll bet the loudmouths and intimidators from the UFCW take the day off on Saturday. The Poland store is not really close to me but I will be shopping there Saturday.

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15valleyred(1095 comments)posted 5 years ago

Kudos to the Vindy and all those going out on Saturday!

My article on everything: http://mvred.com/2009/07/17/kudos-to-...

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16UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years ago

The UFCW is a BAD union. If this was his emplyees asking to unionize that's one thing, but informational pickets make no sense to me.

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17itbelinda(22 comments)posted 5 years ago

I live in Hubbard. Mr. Nemenz was always there to support the youth of Hubbard. He was a huge contributer to anyone that ask for help. The Picketers did not intimidate me, I just didn't like the selection that was in the store. It sure would be nice to have a grocery store on this side of town again. Let the useless union find a better way to spend their time and money. Maybe if they would support the youth of the community like Henry Nemenz more people may actually consider giving them their money.

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

PICTURE LINKS ARE BELOW ARTICLE

Make no mistake about it, this all about Giant Eagle wanting it all . The pickets base is at the Giant Eagle right across the street from Save A Lot at the east side of Poland Ohio on 224. The pickets would not answer any questions about their cause . The man with the hat and shorts was a union boss from UFCW Local 880 headquartered in Cleveland Ohio . He is camera shy more so than the pickets . I guess that all of them realize that what they are doing isn't right . They are not there to unionize Save A Lot but their goal is to run them out of business . One of the pictures linked below shows them heckling customers of Giant Eagles competition . Save A Lot is the store that favors the people with low prices and quality food .

When I approached Henry Nemenz he talked freely unlike the pickets or their union boss . There was a tent set up in the store's lot with plenty of food for the customers and supporters who showed .

I went inside to look around and took a picture of the display in the store comparing Save A Lot's prices to Giant Eagle . What struck me about the store was the fact that it was neat and clean . Nice displays with a good variety of low priced food . I would have to rate the store as a ten ! My bill for chicken drumsticks 7.67 lbs.,provolone cheese 1.59 lbs,braunschweiger 1 lb. and a half gallon of whole milk was $10.65 . Very reasonable. Checkout was a breeze and the workers there
looked happy .The people in the area are fortunate to have Henry there working hard to get quality food available to them at low prices. With the Save A Lot driven out they would be at the mercy of whatever Giant Eagle wanted to charge . I would venture a guess that at that time good sales by
Giant Eagle would cease . Are the pickets all about corporate greed by Giant Eagle ?

PICKETS AT SAVE A LOT SIGN
http://i27.tinypic.com/donhx5.jpg

PICKETS ACROSS FROM GIANT EAGLE SIGN
http://i28.tinypic.com/2142yhg.jpg

PRICE COMPARISON DISPLAY
http://i31.tinypic.com/34q1naa.jpg

FOOD TENT
http://i32.tinypic.com/2hfv3w3.jpg

PICKETS WAVING AT TRAFFIC
http://i32.tinypic.com/296hf2p.jpg

PICKETS HECKLING CUSTOMERS
http://i30.tinypic.com/35lsy85.jpg

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19cambridge(2974 comments)posted 5 years ago

Thanks for posting the pictures of that mob of union thugs. I could see why you would be intimidated.

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20redvert(2048 comments)posted 5 years ago

Does anyone know if the UFCW pays these pickets regular union wages? Certainly they wouldn't want these people that are representing them to work for slave wages would they? Of course with the benefits package they enjoy it probably is a pretty good salary.

Yes cambridge, these are some of your fine union type representatives trying to put a honest business man out of business. You must be proud.

ps: Has the land of fruits and nuts gone belly up yet?

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21Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Well Cambridge, neither the pickets or their boss would talk and they were picture shy . Perhaps if you would have went along and talked that liberal lingo they would have opened up .

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22cambridge(2974 comments)posted 5 years ago

redvert....things are great here in Bay Area with our "San Francisco values". How are you and the rest of the mummies doing down in Florida. Oh, I fergot y'all summer in that there garden spot, the Mahoning River Valley. Y'all go back to Florida for the good weather, hurricane season.

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23redvert(2048 comments)posted 5 years ago

Thank you for those kind words cambridge. As a matter of fact I will be flying down to Florida next Tuesday for a week to check and see if my tenants have destroyed my property. Of course I will have to write off this trip to check on my property on my taxes. Now don't you tell Obummer about this because he may appoint a new Czar to oversee tax writeoffs. Remember when Geithner tried to write off his kids summer camp. Hey it got him a cabinet position. I bought his Turbo tax program from him (it was too complicated for him) One of your idols no doubt!

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24cambridge(2974 comments)posted 5 years ago

redvert....have a nice flight. Are you going to take a plane or a palmetto?

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25casper77(136 comments)posted 5 years ago

I am a union member,this thing with nemenz is wrong.There are right times to stick to your guns and a bad time. This thing is a personal grudge by the union boss, it bruses their BIG egos. It's time to let go!!! This is just like Nam ,where the goverment couldn't admit it is a lost cause. The reason to picket is lost in the politics of unions. The unions need to change their image. When people see Union members ,they think of strong arm thugs . There was a time for that ,but not in this time and age. They need to be peaceful pickets, get people on their side. Don't scare them to see your point ,because it wouldn't work now

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26Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0...

IS UFCW LOCAL 880 IN THE WORKERS BEST INTEREST ?
Report: #134843
Josh
Mogadore, Ohio Submitted: 2/28/2007 7:49:59 PM

It is not just your local 588, it is my belief that all UFCW locals are operated that way. I am a member of local 880 and when my company purchased the competition who is also local 880 members, our union rep told them that they were going to lose at least half of their salaries, as well as all of their vacations and seniority, which did not happen. She had them actually in fear looking for other jobs.

When my wife went on maternity leave in 2003, we did not receive any money for her being off, however we did receive a notice that she was in rear of her union dues and they threatened to turn her over to collections, if she did not reconcile her past due balance.

If you have an issue, they are known for showing up when you are not working that day. And when you ask the majority of reps about contract issues they are a mountain of misinformation.

I took the librety of studying our contract, myself, after our rep failed to answer a few of my questions truthfully. I have come to the conclusion that UFCW works for our company not us.

They remind me of sleezy politicians and I do not trust them.

UFCW CORRUPTION

UFCW 588 is the most corrupt Union in America. They don't represent their members honestly. They haven't held an honest election of Union officers in over twenty years. They continue to give themselves outrageous salaries and then negotiate 'take away' contracts for their members.

UFCW increases their members monthly union dues on a whim. The union representatives are uninformed and they don't have to answer to anybody. The Union President receives a salary of over $500,000 a year and finds it convenient to buy a jet for him and his family and friends.

Names of individuals:
Jack Loveall
Jaques Loveall
Adam Loveall
Mike Turskey

Frank
Sacramento, California
U.S.A.

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27Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

EXPOSING CORRUPT ACTIONS BY UFCW 880

http://library.findlaw.com/1997/Aug/4...

E. A & D Supermarkets, Inc. v. United Food and Commercial Workers, Local Union 880

In 1988, UFCW Local 880 initiated an aggressive campaign against various independent non-union retail grocery stores in northeast Ohio. The campaign included picketing and extensive use of mass media. Local 880 also entered into collective bargaining agreements with unionized supermarkets containing a "wage stabilization" clause. That clause permitted the unionized supermarkets to reduce the union employees' wages to the level paid by the non-unionized stores unless the union was picketing the non-unionized stores. The non-unionized stores brought an action against the union and its officers alleging various violations of the Sherman Act, the Ohio Monopolies Statute, and a claim for tortious interference with business relationships under Ohio law. No. C88-3551 (N.D. Ohio). Although the unionized stores were alleged co-conspirators, they were not joined in the action.

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28Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

TIME TO LOOK INTO THE RICO ACT ?

Local 880 also entered into collective bargaining agreements with unionized supermarkets containing a "wage stabilization" clause. That clause permitted the unionized supermarkets to reduce the union employees' wages to the level paid by the non-unionized stores unless the union was picketing the non-unionized stores.

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29lizzie4444(9 comments)posted 5 years ago

How many of Nemenz's employees solely have families to support? Need benefits? How many of his employees have benefits off the government or a family member?

Employee empowerment is the gift your forefathers gave you to get that education to make that income where you don't need that union to criticize.

Next time you fork over your hard earned pay check to Nementz, look at his employess and wonder if they need benefits or will need them; or enough income to sustain themselves as you do.

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30Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

OH, I see your point . Lets run the store out of business so they will be empowered with no job . They can then take their food stamps , if they are fortunate enough to get some, to Giant Eagle . They then could get half as much as they could have at SAVE A LOT .GET A LIFE ! Neither they nor I owe you crap ! Corporate greed is being satisfied at Giant Eagle pricing !

Anyone remember Tops Supermarkets ? Look at what UFCW Local 880 did for their employees . In case you don't that was a union store closed down to make more room for Giant Eagles expansion . UFCW Local 880 is a lap dog for Giant Eagle .

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31Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Smoke and mirrors beagledog ? All of your smoke is cutting down on the visibility to use your mirrors .

Just where are you trying to unionize any of Henry's stores ? All I see is Giant Eagle's lap dog trying to shut them down so Giant Eagle will have a larger market share .

This is all about satisfying the huge appetite for corporate profits at Giant Eagle by your spending more of your food dollars for less food . Do you owe them that ?

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32Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

ANY COMMENTS ON THIS ?
"In late 2005, the former assistant to the president of UFCW International, Joseph DiFlumera, was sentenced for mail fraud, racketeering, and extorting more than $1.5 million from a grocery chain."

http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/13...

IS UFCW LOCAL 880 IN THE WORKERS BEST INTEREST ?
Report: #134843
Josh
Mogadore, Ohio Submitted: 2/28/2007 7:49:59 PM

It is not just your local 588, it is my belief that all UFCW locals are operated that way. I am a member of local 880 and when my company purchased the competition who is also local 880 members, our union rep told them that they were going to lose at least half of their salaries, as well as all of their vacations and seniority, which did not happen. She had them actually in fear looking for other jobs.

When my wife went on maternity leave in 2003, we did not receive any money for her being off, however we did receive a notice that she was in rear of her union dues and they threatened to turn her over to collections, if she did not reconcile her past due balance.

If you have an issue, they are known for showing up when you are not working that day. And when you ask the majority of reps about contract issues they are a mountain of misinformation.

I took the librety of studying our contract, myself, after our rep failed to answer a few of my questions truthfully. I have come to the conclusion that UFCW works for our company not us.

They remind me of sleezy politicians and I do not trust them.

UFCW CORRUPTION

UFCW 588 is the most corrupt Union in America. They don't represent their members honestly. They haven't held an honest election of Union officers in over twenty years. They continue to give themselves outrageous salaries and then negotiate 'take away' contracts for their members.

UFCW increases their members monthly union dues on a whim. The union representatives are uninformed and they don't have to answer to anybody. The Union President receives a salary of over $500,000 a year and finds it convenient to buy a jet for him and his family and friends.

Names of individuals:
Jack Loveall
Jaques Loveall
Adam Loveall
Mike Turskey

Frank
Sacramento, California
U.S.A.

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33jethead11(139 comments)posted 5 years ago

Beagles: I think part of the problem is you say one thing, but do something else. You say the pickets are out there to inform the public that Nemenz is non-union. Fine. But if that is all you are doing, why did you post a video on your You Tube site showing a Nemenz bakery manager get into a truck and drive off the lot, supposedly on a truck-restricted street? You even mentioned the man's name on the video. What does that have to do with informing the public that Nemenz is non-union? It looks like basic intimidation to me. Your campaign is simply to intimidate the employees of Nemenz and the public in general not to shop at his stores. Whether it be to lessen compeition or "payback" workers who choose to work union-free, who knows. Probably both.

By the way, a truck in Ohio, regarding streets marked "No Trucks" refers to trucks of 3 axles or more and/or weigh over 26,000 pounds. The truck that the bakery manager was driving does not qualify as a truck by that definition. Therefore, he did not breaking any law. You would know that if you paid attention in drivers ed.

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34henryviii1509(274 comments)posted 5 years ago

These days, Mr. Nemenz is lining-up bodyguards for himself and his family against threats from whom? Probably not his employees nor customers. Who could it be? I wouldn't think that the "Union" would be responsible, for they are only common folks trying to assist their fellow man, right?

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35Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

"In late 2005, the former assistant to the president of UFCW International, Joseph DiFlumera, was sentenced for mail fraud, racketeering, and extorting more than $1.5 million from a grocery chain."

The tactics of the UFCW are well documented. It wouldn't surprise me to see them picketing the Second Harvest Food Bank for competing with Giant Eagle !

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36ytown9999(55 comments)posted 5 years ago

Ok, maybe I missed something in these articles.

Can anyone tell me if the employees of Nemenz have been offered or had the opportunity to vote yes or no on becoming union members?

I don't seem to find where it says they voted.

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37jethead11(139 comments)posted 5 years ago

If anyone knows different, let us know, but I don't believe Nemenz employees have ever signed the required number of cards to force an election. They always have the right to do so, if they choose. They are comfortable with their working conditions and feel they are being treated fairly, and realize they will not get their money's worth from the union. But again, they can organize anytime they want, if they choose to do so.

If the UFCW had any integrity, they would hold up the Nemenz organization as a model of what other companies should be like. Workers are treated well and they are happy with their situation, so much so that they are willing to cross a picket line in a heavily union-supported area to work there (and take the harassment that comes with it). Isn't that the type of workplace the union says it wants for workers in the U.S? In reality, the UFCW just wants the workers money, is there any other explanation for what they are doing?

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38Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

LET'S REMEMBER THE PAST HISTORY OF GIANT EAGLE

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-12289...

Jul. 26-2002-YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio--Giant Eagle isn't a greedy corporate giant trying to become a monopoly. Instead, it's a longtime Mahoning Valley resident hoping Phar-Mor will be able to find tenants for its soon-to-be vacant stores, according to the company's attorney.

"It's not like we're coming in. We've been here," said Daniel Shapira, Giant Eagle attorney.

Some residents have criticized the Pittsburgh-based grocery store chain for its role as a liquidator of bankrupt Phar-Mor. Locals say they feel Giant Eagle wants to keep storefronts empty to eliminate its competition and the company has little concern for the jobs lost as a result of the bankruptcy.

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39OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 5 years ago

Wow...I'm really glad I read this. Just another reason to avoid Giant Eagle. Would you guess what I paid for a 2lb bag of grapes there about two weeks ago? Seven dollars. Seven dollars for red seedless freaking grapes. I felt like I needed to call the police and report a robbery.... The same amount of grapes was priced at 3.99 at the Boardman Save-A-Lot this past Sunday.

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40callica(14 comments)posted 5 years ago

how about paying your employe's more money..a hot dog..? the rich keep getting richer and btw the store on Youngstown-Pld. Rd. is AWFUL!!!!

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41Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

callica:

Hotdogs at the Giant Eagle are priced so high that only the overpaid leaders at UFCW 880 can purchase them without consequences . Is the food at Giant Eagle listeria free now ? I wouldn't even wish this upon my friend the BEAGLEDOG .

Cracked Pepper Smoked Salmon Sold by Giant Eagle Possibly Tainted with Listeria Food Poisoning

http://www.bergerlagnese.com/blog/cra...

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42OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 5 years ago

I wonder what will happen to Giant Eagle's profits when the new Wal Mart opens in Liberty. It is amazing the stranglehold this company has over the market in our area. Where my mother-in-law lives in Florida there are way more choices. They have Publix, The Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Big Bear, and more that I can't remember. The same was true of our old neighborhood in Phoenix, AZ. All of these stores are in close proximity to each other. As far as I know they don't try to shut each other down, like Giant Eagle does to everyone around here. I think the old Tops building in the Shops at Boardman Park would be an excellent location for a Whole Foods store, but it will never happen.

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43Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

Just what does UFCW support ?

http://i32.tinypic.com/2czvvjb.jpg

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44OldFashionedMama(77 comments)posted 5 years ago

LOL Stan!! You should make bumper stickers for a living. I'd buy that one!

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45Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

What does Paris Hilton have in common with Giant Eagle? She has a lapdog also!

POSING A BETTER IMAGE THAN THE UFCW
http://www.blogdogs.com/hiltondog.jpg

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46Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

FEELING THE PRESSURE OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN .

High prices are sending shoppers to low priced supermarkets. Every facet of business in the USA has been forced to take cuts. Will UFCW force ACME to take the same route as Tops did in our area by demanding more from them?

The Walmart store is getting ready to open in Liberty. This is shure to impact Giant Eagle on 193 in a big way. UFCW local 880 says that it has no plans to picket Walmart. Walmart has gone on the offensive and the union hierarchy doesn't want to cut back on their salaries to fund a campaign against Walmart. They are concentrating on picketing smaller weaker stores to gain market share for Giant Eagle. In todays economy savy shoppers are gravitating to reasonably priced food sources.

UFCW UNION NEWS
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/bu...

"The downturn has sent shoppers looking for deals at Walmart and other discount food sellers. "

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47Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years ago

WALMART GRAND OPENING IN LIBERTY IS GETTING CLOSER

" Pickets from the United Food and Commercial Workers are out to inform the public that the stores are nonunion."

UFCW local 880 picketers will be on the scene investigating the merchandise and spending the money that they earned by picketing Henry's stores. Their consensus is that everybody knows that Walmart is non union so there is no need for informational picketing.

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