Union Workers at Stop & Shop Supermarkets On Strike

Union Workers at Stop & Shop Supermarkets On Strike

More than 30,000 Stop & Shop employees went on strike Thursday after weeks of contract negotiations fell through. "In contrast to the company's proposal which is better than most recent UFCW contract settlements and responsive to heavy non-union competition, the unions proposed a contract that would increase the company's costs". Personally, he said his copay would increase from $27 per week to $140 per week.

The Lynn store manager declined to discuss those plans but striking workers said the store has self checkout machines for customers.

She spoke by phone Thursday from a picket line outside the store. "We have put our faith in the union".

Union members said the strike will go on as long as it takes to get a contract they can accept. Cars honked in support as they drove by. A few people who entered the parking lot from the far end, where no picketers were standing, were surprised to find the store closed and locked when they walked up with their carts.

"I can bring my actual business somewhere else, but I chose to stay here because of the benefits being so good", she said, "but without the benefits, then what's the company, you know?" All affected stores will close at 8 p.m. Thursday, and will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, she said.

"But it's short-term pain for long-term gain", she said.

Will I have to walk through a picket line?

Our representatives sent a letter to Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop Supermarkets, stating their support for UFCW Stop & Shop workers and expressing their displeasure with any company attempts to cut pay and benefits, and expressing their belief that the workers are the reason for the company's success and deserve decent take-home pay, and healthcare and pension benefits.

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"We helped the company make $2 billion a year ago", May noted. This is not the time to ask for concessions. "It's time for Stop & Shop to acknowledge the full value of the hard-working women and men who have made it so successful".

Some of the stores are getting temporary replacement workers, Brogan said, as workers who tend to have desk jobs (such as in the Quincy corporate headquarters) head in to help ring registers or stock shelves, Brogan said.

The strike - affecting dozens of stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island - has been brewing for more than a month.

But what does all of this mean for the average Stop & Shop customer?

Stop & Shop said in a statement posted on its website that it was disappointed with the strike given that negotiations are ongoing with the assistance of federal mediators.

It added: "Stop & Shop has contingency plans in place to minimize disruption". She described the proposal as "a rare benefit in the New England food retail industry". It also states, Stop & Shop provides more paid time off than other food retailers in the region.

Like what you see here? They authorized a strike in March, but members had continued working until Thursday.

Amy Lepage and Becky Hernandez were at the store in support of their mother, a Stop & Shop employee. There were reports on social media of closed Stop & Shops from Westfield to Boston, though others remained open.

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