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October 10

National Angel Food Cake Day,

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction,

International Newspaper Carrier Day,

National Handbag Day,

World Day Against The Death Penalty,

World Egg Day,

World Homeless Day,

World Mental Health Day & World Porridge Day.

Union to provide free home heating inspections for needy in St. Louis Area.

Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri will provide heating system inspections to hundreds of disabled and needy homeowners Saturday, Oct. 11, in the City of Ferguson, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County.

The annual Project “Heat’s-On," now in its 28th year, is organized by Local 562 Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer John O’Mara and Michael Hurley, president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Eastern Missouri.

The two organizations will donate their time, resources and materials valued at approximately $135 per home free to the homeowner, providing a 34-point system inspection of the furnace

More than 100 service trucks will be donated by the contractors from the Mechanical Contractors Association. Crescent Parts & Equipment, Ferguson Enterprises, NSC (National Sales Company) and other vendors will donate filters and batteries to be installed as needed.


Bi-Lo/Winn-Dixie closing 23 stores

Bi-Lo Holdings will close 23 Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie stores on or before Nov. 17, a spokesman for the Jacksonville, Fla.-based retailer told SN Tuesday.

Employees at the stores, located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina, were informed of the pending closures Friday.

Spokesman Brian Wright told SN that the stores slated for closure were underperforming and represented less than 3% of the total store base.

Read More: http://supermarketnews.com/retail-financial/bi-lowinn-dixie-closing-23-stores#ixzz3FeEN0Fzc

Justices Will Decide Whether Workers Must Endure Unpaid Inconvenience

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could affect millions of low-wage hourly workers across the country. At issue is whether federal law requires employers to pay workers for significant amounts of time spent in security screenings.

Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. is a temp agency that hires workers for many of Amazon's warehouses. The employees fill customer orders and package them to ship. But after the workers clock out, they have to go through anti-theft screening — a process that they say took an average of 25 minutes because the company set up just two screening checkpoints for 1,000 workers at the shift change in Nevada warehouses. The workers sued, contending that under federal law they should be paid for the time spent in the long screening process.

Former Bush Administration Solicitor General Paul Clement led off the argument on behalf of Integrity. He told the justices that under federal law, workers are not paid for clocking out or waiting to clock out, and therefore they should not be paid for the screening process afterwards.

Justice Elena Kagan interrupted with a question: Suppose you have an employer with an "extensive process for closing out cash registers" to protect against theft. Without the theft concern, you could close out the register much more quickly. The same would be true for bank tellers or casino employees: Instead of a couple of minutes, there would be a 20 minute anti-theft process. So, she asked, what's the difference "between that case and going through security at Amazon?"


Mo. AFL-CIO COPE endorsements for the Nov. 4 general election


Following are the Missouri AFL-CIO COPE endorsements for the Nov. 4, 2014 general election as approved on Sept. 17 at the Federation’s 27th Biennial Convention in St. Louis. An asterisk (*) indicates an incumbent.


No Endorsement


District 1 Lacy Clay (D)*

District 2 No Endorsement

District 3 Open

District 4 Nate Irvin (D)

District 5 Emanuel Cleaver II (D)*

District 6 Bill Hedge (D)

District 7 Jim Evans (D)

District 8 Open

State Senate & State House endorsements are at link.

October 9

National Dessert Day

Leif Erikson Day

National Chess Day

National Depression Screening Day

& World Sight Day.

Last Day to Register Online In Missouri


If you are registered (and one suspects that most on DU would be) please pass it along to any who might not be and encourage them to do so.

Democracy Belongs To Those Who Show Up!

October 8

World Day of Bullying Prevention,

Alvin C. York Day,

Emergency Nurses Day,

National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day,

National Pierogy Day,

Pet Obesity Awareness Day,

World Octopus Day

& Succot.

October 7

National Frappe Day and

You Matter To Me Day.

October 6

National Noodle Day ,

Child Health Day,

Mad Hatter Day,

Techie’s Day,

World Day of Architecture

& World Habitat Day.
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