The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) re-elected Stuart Appelbaum as president. Appelbaum has been president of the New York City-based RWDSU since 1998. The RWDSU represents about 100,000 members nationwide.
At the USW convention in Las Vegas, Nev., delegates approved a resolution to redouble their efforts not only to organize new workers, but to recruit dues-paying members in workplaces that already have USW representation. Thomas Conway, the USW international vice president for administration, told the delegates that the union has estimated that there are as many as 50,000 potential members who were “not paying their fair share” of the costs of administering contracts. Delegates also heard from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who told them their support was essential to keeping the Senate in Democratic control in the midterm elections, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), in a video address, discussed potential changes to labor laws to help strengthen unions.