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Click Here and Listen: Streaming Headlines December 1, 2008 div class=flexinode-body flexinode-1div class=flexinode-textarea-2div class=form-item labelHeadlines:/labelbr / ul lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/9986Wal-Mart plaqued by week of bad press /a/li lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/9987Auto Industry heads to DC seeking a Loan, not a bailout/a/li lia href=http://www.laborradio.org/node/9988Economic Report: Black Friday fails to impress/a/li /ul /div /div/div

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Economic Report: Black Friday Fails to Impress pSales were up on Black Friday, but by much less then in previous years. Sales were up by 3 percent, less than the 8.3 percent rise of 2007. Slightly more shoppers said they finished their shopping on the day after Thanksgiving then last year. 39.3 percent are done in comparison to 36.4 percent in 2007. 54.7 percent of shoppers sought out discount stores while 43 percent visited traditional department stores. 34 percent took their shopping online. /p

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Economic Report: Black Friday fails to impress pSales were up on Black Friday, but by much less then in previous years. Sales were up by 3 percent, less than the 8.3 percent rise of 2007. Slightly more shoppers said they finished their shopping on the day after Thanksgiving then last year. 39.3 percent are done in comparison to 36.4 percent in 2007. 54.7 percent of shoppers sought out discount stores while 43 percent visited traditional department stores. 34 percent took their shopping online. /p

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Auto Industry Heads to DC Seeking a Loan, Not a Bailout – 12/01/08 pLede: As the auto industry prepares to head to Capitol Hill again tomorrow, the UAW responds to anti-union attacks as it makes the case for a rescue loan – not a bailout – for the U.S. auto industry.br / Doug Cunningham reports./p pBy Doug Cunningham/p p[Ron Gettelfinger]: “This is not about the UAW, this is about America. It’s not only about Main Street, but it’s about side streets.br / We need to give the industry a bridge loan to get us over this economic downturn.”/p pUAW President Ron Gettelfinger. As for the anti-union attacks on the UAW as the industry seeks aid./p p[Gettelfinger 2]: “The people that wanna say the unions are the bad guys here – look at our safety record, look at the quality of the products we’re building, look at the productivity. You know, we have set the benchmarks in many of those areas today. This economic downturn is not the fault of the auto workers. It’s not the fault of the auto industry. We need low interest bridge loan. And this is not a bailout. The industry is going to pay the loan back.”/p

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Auto Industry heads to DC seeking a Loan, not a bailout – 12/01/08 pLede: As the auto industry prepares to head to Capitol Hill again tomorrow, the UAW responds to anti-union attacks as it makes the case for a rescue loan – not a bailout – for the U.S. auto industry.br / Doug Cunningham reports./p pBy Doug Cunningham/p p[Ron Gettelfinger]: “This is not about the UAW, this is about America. It’s not only about Main Street, but it’s about side streets.br / We need to give the industry a bridge loan to get us over this economic downturn.”/p pUAW President Ron Gettelfinger. As for the anti-union attacks on the UAW as the industry seeks aid./p p[Gettelfinger 2]: “The people that wanna say the unions are the bad guys here – look at our safety record, look at the quality of the products we’re building, look at the productivity. You know, we have set the benchmarks in many of those areas today. This economic downturn is not the fault of the auto workers. It’s not the fault of the auto industry. We need low interest bridge loan. And this is not a bailout. The industry is going to pay the loan back.”/p

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Wal-Mart Plagued By Week of Bad Press – 12/01/08 pAs the world’s largest discount retailer, Wal-Mart stands to do better than most chains during this economically challenged holiday shopping season. However, that hasn’t stopped the company from receiving a steady flow of negative press. On Friday a worker was trampled to death at a Long Island store as a mob of overeager consumers flooded doorway in order to take advantage of early morning sales. Police are investigating tapes of the incident to try and identify customers that may have been involved in the trampling. Critics are calling for a review of the company’s procedures that morning to see if it had been adequately prepared and took appropriate measures for the regular day after Thanksgiving rush./p

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Wal-Mart plaqued by week of bad press – 12/01/08 pAs the world’s largest discount retailer Wal-Mart stands to do better than most chains during this economically challenged holiday shopping season. However, that hasn’t stopped the company from receiving a steady flow of negative press. On Friday a worker was trampled to death at a Long Island store as a mob of overeager consumers flooded doorway in order to take advantage of early morning sales. Police are investigating tapes of the incident to try and identify customers that may have been involved in the trampling. Critics are calling for a review of the company’s procedures that morning to see if it had been adequately prepared and took appropriate measures for the regular day after Thanksgiving rush./p

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Colombian Flower Workers Fired for Seeking Union. You Can Help Six workers at the Mongibello flower plantation just outside of Bogotá, Colombia, were illegally fired earlier this month for trying to form a union. The actions, which are illegal under Colombian law, are just another example of the lax enforcement of labor laws in that country that must be addressed before a free trade agreement with Colombia can be considered. All six workers—José Alexander Montenegro, José Abel Rincón, Samuel Rico, Juan Bautista López, Milton Páez and Sergio Fabián Bossa—had worked on the flower plantation for more than 15 years each. The workers decided to contact one of Colombia’s labor federations, the CUT, to talk about organizing a union. When management at the plantation discovered their plans, the six workers were immediately fired. You can take action now to help these workers. Click here to tell management of the Mongibello plantation that illegal firings are unacceptable and to respect the labor rights of all workers employed by their company.  

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