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CVS Caremark employees to take part in Easter Seals events

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. This year, thousands of CVS Caremark associates nationwide are expected to participate in Easter Seals Walk With Me events as part of the CVS Caremark All Kids Can program.

Since 2006, the company and its private foundation have contributed more than $4 million to Easter Seals, including CVS Caremark All Kids Can Fund gifts to support Easter Seals autism services, and a commitment to Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago’s Therapeutic Day School and Center for Autism Research, scheduled to open this fall. In addition, each year CVS Caremark has been a sponsor for Easter Seals Walk With Me events and employee teams have shown their support through Walk With Me pledges and local Easter Seals fundraisers.

On Saturday, hundreds of CVS Caremark employees in Providence, R.I., will converge at Roger Williams Park Zoo to raise money for local children with disabilities. Walkers in Saturday’s event will include about 350 CVS Caremark employees and their families, who expect to raise more than $75,000 to expand Easter Seals’ early intervention services in the state.

Since 2006, some 7,000 employees have raised more than $1 million through walks for local Easter Seals affiliates.

“In Rhode Island, 14 percent of children under 18 have a disability, and nationally, 9.2 percent of American families with children have at least one child with disability,” stated Eileen Howard Dunn, senior vice president of corporate communications and community relations at CVS Caremark. “CVS Caremark is committed to improving the lives of children with disabilities through our All Kids Can program. We are very proud that so many of our employees are helping us support Easter Seals in expanding its extraordinary services to even more children.”

Inspiring employees during Saturday’s walk is a local girl named Lily May, who was born with disabilities, but who has succeeded far beyond through Easter Seals’ early intervention services.

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Supermarket workers’ union accuses Waldbaum’s of unfair practices

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, which represents more than 18,000 supermarket, dairy and health care workers in New York, has filed unfair labor charges against A&P’s Waldbaum’s, alleging that the company is engaging in unfair labor practices during its negotiations for a new contract for about 90 pharmacists at 35 area stores.

The pharmacist contract expired April 1, and a contract extension expired April 30. A strike vote was approved on May 13. Negotiations are set to resume June 25.

A spokeswoman for A&P said, “In respect of the diligence and efforts of the respective parties, it is A&P’s position not to comment on details of negotiations.”

According to the union, among the charges are complaints that the company is forcing employees to remove pro-union buttons and stickers, calling the police on union representatives engaged in protected activities such as consumer leafleting, disseminating false and misleading information at employer’s mandatory meetings with pharmacists and refusing to supply the union wage information concerning the pharmacists’ per-diem and that of non-union pharmacists.

“In addition to all of these very blatant violations, the company has stalled our negotiations because they refuse to come to any agreement unless the union agrees to allow the company to withdraw from the Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW retirement plan,” stated Local 338 secretary-treasurer John DeMartino. “The pharmacists will not give in on this issue. They are standing strong and refuse to agree to any contract that doesn’t include coverage by the Local 338 retirement plan, and the union will continue to fight to ensure our members are guaranteed that coverage and that they are provided fair and equitable wages.”

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Walgreens donates water, supplies to flooded in Iowa

BY Alaric DeArment

DEERFIELD, Ill. As residents of Iowa struggle with the severe flooding in several areas of the state, Walgreens has stepped in to help.

In collaboration with the American Red Cross and the Linn County Emergency Management Authority, Walgreens has donated two semi-trailers of bottled water, as well as cleaning and personal-care products. Stores have also increased supplies of cleaning products and fans for people returning to their homes.

Flooding forced Walgreens’ store at 102 2nd St. in Coralville, Iowa, to close, but it has kept its other store, at 2751 Heartland Drive, open to fill prescriptions.

Floodwaters also breached a levee on the Mississippi River near Meyer, Ill., Wednesday, threatening to cover thousands of acres of farmland along a 25-mile stretch of the river, CNN.com reported.

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