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• Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW has filed eight charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Waldbaum’s, alleging that the company is engaging in unfair labor practices during its negotiations for a new contract for approximately 90 pharmacists employed at 35 area stores.

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

Waldbaum’s is owned by the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P).

• Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) along with Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Michael Castle (R-DE) sent a bipartisan letter, co-signed by 58 House Members, to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for the promotion of advanced biofuels that do not contribute to food price inflation or create new environmental concerns.

According to a statement released by the group, “The letter comes as the EPA continues a reevaluation of the impact the Renewable Fuel Standard is having on the economy and environment. The letter notes that at present, food price inflation in the U.S. is rising at twice the overall rate of inflation, while global food prices have nearly doubled in the past three years. The bi-partisan group points out that there are several factors driving food costs up, emphasizing the importance of finding sources for biofuel production that ‘do not divert food and feed from domestic and international supplies’.”

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