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• The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reports that Supervalu and its CEO, Craig Herkert - are big users of Yammer, described as “a type of commercial-grade social media software that's like an in-company Twitter.”

Herkert, the story says, “is a big proponent, getting the idea for adopting Yammer in 2010 as a way to help build a shared culture among its various chains, which include Cub Foods    and Save-a-Lot.”

Maybe I’ve been misunderstanding some of the emails we’ve been receiving here at MNB, but it has been my impression that not everyone at Supervalu is convinced that upper management is committed to the sharing of ideas that sites like Yammer promote, and are less than committed to a “shared culture.”

If the story is correct - and not just a PR response to bad press - then Supervalu has some serious work to do. Because the view from here suggests that not everybody in the company is getting the message, and that a lot of people do not feel appreciated.

• Giant and Safeway workers in the Washington, DC area represented by United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400 have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that the UFCW said “provides for significant wage increases, improved health benefits and strengthened retirement security.”

According to the announcement, “the collective bargaining agreement takes effect retroactively on April 1, 2012 and ends on October 31, 2013. Its 19-month duration is due to the uncertainty around implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the health and welfare plan covering Giant and Safeway workers.
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