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Warehouse workers organizing in key logistics hubs across the country could get a shot in the arm from a union vote at a big Bed Bath and Beyond distribution center in New Jersey. The Food and Commercial Workers are seeking to make the warehouse, just south of Newark along the I-95 corridor, the first union facility in the chain. The Bed Beth and Beyond empire contains more than 1,000 retail stores and 48,000 employees.
By Shannon Antinori
A Joliet woman who lost her husband and her son to tragedies could soon lose her house too. In a demonstration organized by the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign and the local chapter ofWarehouse Workers for Justice, nearly 30 people stood in protest in front of the Wells Fargo Home Mortgage office on Lockport Street Monday morning, rallying in support of Loleta Barrow-Leggett. The 46-year-old mother said she’s asking the bank to work with her to help her stay in the Meadowsledge Lane home she purchased with her husband, Charles, shortly after their son’s death in 2006.
Joliet Herald News
Cindy Wojdyla Cain
Striking machinists at the Caterpillar Inc. plant in Joliet are planning a “Solidarity and Community Support Rally” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Local, state and federal elected officials as well as representatives from regional unions have been invited to attend, said Steve Jones, directing business representative for District 8 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.