The United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) “Making Change at Walmart” campaign launched its “Are You With Us” initiative in Quincy, Massachusetts, with plans to protest outside of Wal-Mart stores in 150 cities across the United States. The campaign is attempting to pressure Wal-Mart to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour and to provide employees with 40-hour per week schedules.
UAW Local 883 leaders circulated a list of 13 “scabs” who crossed picket lines to work during a strike at Kohler Co. plants. Local 883 sought to eliminate the two-tiered wage structure that company CEO David Kohler said is necessary to maintain local manufacturing in Wisconsin, which is already more expensive than any other Kohler location worldwide. Local 883 called off the strike after agreeing to a four-year contract with Kohler that included wage increases and a decreased gap between the tiers (see Major Contract Settlements & Negotiations below).
More than 300 members of Teamsters Local 727 ended a four-week strike at two Chicago-area Coca-Cola Refreshments bottling plants after reaching a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with the company (see Major Contract Settlements & Negotiations below).