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  • howsueczit howsueczit Jun 4, 2010 2:09 PM Flag

    Governor, U.S. Senator, all Religious groups call Supervalu unethical?

    That’s How Sue Cz It

    Governor, U.S. Senator, all Religious groups call Supervalu unethical?

    Wow, can you get any worse publicity? It seems all the religious groups are speaking out against Supervalu. Shaws is going to take a big hit because of Supervalu’s management.

    How long until this publicity spreads nationally, and SVU takes a big hit nationally?

    Supervalu will never be a Supervalue this way.

    Below is just a sample of the numerous articles that show Supervalu being blasted by all Religious groups, and many government officials.

    And That’s How Sue Cz It

    Governor to Call Workers as They Begin Last Leg of March from Somerville to State House in Boston

    BOSTON, May 26, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Lt. Governor to Join State House Rally

    In a sign of growing public support for striking workers at the Supervalu-owned Shaw's Perishable Distribution Center in Methuen, Mass., both Governor Deval Patrick and Lt. Governor Tim Murray will express support for them on Thursday.

    The Governor will speak with workers by telephone at a community breakfast at Temple B'nai B'rith, in Somerville at 7:45 a.m. He will hear from the workers about the hardships that they have been facing during the 12 week strike.

    The Lieutenant Governor will join strikers and other community, religious and political leaders at a 3:00 p.m. rally at the State House that will kick off a march to the Prudential Center Shaw's.

    Workers at the Shaw's Methuen warehouse and their supporters are ratcheting up efforts to urge Shaw's to sit down at the bargaining table and negotiate in good faith instead of insisting upon demands which put the livelihoods of their workers in jeopardy.

    The growing community support is putting increased pressure on Shaw's/Supervalu to end the strike by negotiating a fair contract and restoring workers' health care coverage.


    The 310 Methuen workers, who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 791, have been forced into the streets on strike since March 7, over the company's insistence that the entire burden of increasing health care costs be borne by workers. On April 1, Shaw's cut off health care for workers and families disregarding the fact that many of them have serious medical conditions including advanced pregnancy. Despite calls from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, Senator John Kerry , Congressman Michael Capuano (8th CD), nine other congressional leaders, and respected voices in the religious community, Shaw's and their parent company, Supervalu, refuse to reinstate the workers' health benefits.

    Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, striking Shaw's workers and their families, religious and labor leaders from across Massachusetts.

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    • I bet the socialists and communists feel the same way. I don't pay attention to them either.

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      • Southbuckey: Think on this, without the so-called New Dealers and socialist worker's movements, you would not have a thriving (or what used to be a thriving) middle class, which helps to fuel the great and almighty stock market.

        I'm guessing that since you're just posting to a web bb, that you're somewhere amongst the working or middle classes? Tell us where you would have like for them to have stopped with worker's rights, 40 hour work weeks, OSHA, and the other safety nets needed because Big Business would NEVER, ever seek to provide them? Surely your own family, sometime in the last 5 or 6 decades, has benefited from such laws?

        Dig back far enough, I'm sure you'll find a union man or two in your own family tree, whose wages helped to pull either your parents, grandparents, or some relative up to the middle class.

        Communism is the polar opposite of Capitalism, and therefore, one cannot exist without the other.

    • This article is pretty good, too:

      The grapevine says that there are some local Somerville and Cambridge leaders (business and political) who won't shop in the stores because of what Shaw's actions have done to the community. The stores offer mostly part-time positions for the working class in those cities and with their hours being cut back, many are no longer eligible for health benefits. The high-paying positions are for full-timer's, many of whom commute from the outer suburbs. Shaw's actually requires (or maybe that's done away with) that you have a car if you go full-time, that way, they can ship you out to more distant stores, if need be.

      Cutting hours, not giving raises, and forcing your part-time workforce to seek medical coverage from the state is the most egregious form of Corporate Welfare going. Supervalu says that insurance coverage is too expensive and yet hands out bonus' to the executive staff? C'mon! Somebody is mistaken here. Employee wages being blamed for our financial woes? Again, clearly mistaken. Or a definite lack of understanding the real issues at hand:


      MANY OF THE STORES ARE FILTHY (check the edges of the shelves and bottoms of the cases).


      NOT ENOUGH STAFF TO COVER SHIFTS (but hey, we're saving money)

      CLOSED DELI'S, SEAFOOD, MEAT, PRODUCE DEPARTMENTS (hours before the stores close)


      I just shake my head. It's so sad that the company won't or can't see what's going on. Mr. Herkert says that if we buckle down and work extra hard, then we won't be sold. C'mon, the best thing that could happen is if we did get sold.

    • Deval the wonder governor is only doing this so he can get the union's support in the upcoming reelction year. Does anyone in the Boston area think Deval cares one thing about the workers on strike???

    • That’s How Sue Cz It

      Michaelgeils, you are right on target. What Supervalu is doing is not only very low, it is bad business.

      I am sure that this will soon make the National News, and then watch how Supervalu sales drop like a rock in all their banners

      Since religious leaders of all faiths have spoken out against Supervalu, people will stop shopping there.

      Supervalu has now put themselves in the middle of the National Health Care debate. I am sure people on the side of National Health care will use Supervalu as an example of why a National Health Care Plan is needed in the United States. This will make people on both sides of the debate not like Supervalu.

      Michaelgeils, you are right on target “Cutting hours, not giving raises, and forcing your part-time workforce to seek medical coverage from the state is the most egregious form of Corporate Welfare going. Supervalu says that insurance coverage is too expensive and yet hands out bonus' to the executive staff? C'mon!”

      Supervalu SVU will never be a Supervalue this way.

      Making full time workers part time to cut medical coverage, Cutting off medical coverage to people who have medical problems, and cutting off medical coverage to women who are pregnant, is going to get a company in big trouble fast.

      Matthew 25:40 And Jesus will say to them, Truly I say to you, Because you did it to the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.

      34"Then Jesus will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
      37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
      40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

      41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
      44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
      45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
      46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

      And That’s How Sue Cz It

    • What has happened to this once GREAT company that you could take PRIDE in working for? Such a very sad state of affairs.

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