This is the final week for the community to help the Hoosier Hills Food Bank secure a national grant as part of an online challenge. Walmart and other partner brands are distributing a total of 3 million dollars to the 50 food banks that get the most votes by October 5th. Hoosier Hills has remained in the top 50 during the challenge, but it about seven thousand votes from the top place. Today, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh speaks with Hoosier Hills Food Bank executive director Julio Alanso for this community report.
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Supporters of the unionization of employees of Bloomingfoods rallied in front of the West 6th outlet last Thursday. Around fifty people gathered late Thursday afternoon to talk about the unionization drive and to listen to speakers on the issue. Daily Local News correspondent David Murphy was at the rally to interview an assortment of attendees, including a union organizer from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Bloomingfoods employees, members of Bloomingfoods co-operative association, and an IU faculty member who specializes in labor studies.
A group of people gathered outside of Bloomingfoods’ near west side location in support of workers seeking to unionize. The crowd gathered in front of the main entrance and street parking spaces. WFHB Correspondent were on hand, providing updates online and on the Daily Local News on Monday September 22nd.
Bloomingfoods employees are hoping and expecting their managers to remain neutral during the effort to organize into a union. Last week, the Daily Local News reported on indications that workers at the retail grocery co-operative were trying to unionize. During that report we conveyed some parts of our conversation with Cindy Beaux -lay, a former employee of Bloomingfoods, about working conditions and labor-management relations at the organization. She mentioned that there had been two prior unsuccessful attempts by employees to organize and that she was not surprised that another effort is now underway. Yesterday, we spoke to, Kaisa Goodman, a member of the worker organizing committee who confirmed that she and others had scheduled a meeting later in the day with Scott Bardette, an organizer with Local 700 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. Bardette confirmed by phone this morning that he had met with some of the workers and was meeting again today with others. He then went on to talk about the position that the owner-members and the management would take during the union drive…
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Jackson Creek Middle School is not in Bloomington. Neither is the Bloomington Country Club, or the new Walmart location. These and other major players to Bloomington’s economy are all located in the county-controlled Urban Enterprise Zone. Tomorrow evening there will be a public open house regarding the county’s plans for this area. To find out more, WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh spoke with Larry Wilson, Director of Planning for Monroe County for today’s community report.
Indiana Superintendent Glenda Ritz received more votes in the 2012 election than Governor Mike Pence yet has been stymied by his administration throughout her first term. In fact, speaking to the Bloomington Press Club this afternoon Ritz said during this upcoming legislative session, Pence could sign away the state’s education budget to a new agency that he created. Her remarks and audience questions are here, in today’s community report.