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Stop and Shop supermarket workers go on strike

April 12, 2019 02:04 PM

"We told you we're going to fight like hell to get a good contract, we've been trying since January, we have not succeeded the company will not give in and it's time for action," Jeff Bollen said, UFCW Local 1445 Union President.

A call to strike from the President of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1445 after nearly three months of stalled negotiations with Stop and Shop.

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 The Quincy, Massachusettes based supermarket company says they've offered across the board pay increases, continued gold level health care benefits and increased company contributions to the UFCW pension fund.

Workers could be seen picketing in Pittsfield outside of a closed store at Del Alba Plaza, but less than ten miles away on Merrill Road, another location remained open. 

According to a document put out by Stop and Shop, Massachusetts full timers make as much as 44% more per hour than other grocery employees.

But the unions say the company is demanding "unreasonable" wage and benefit cuts.

More than 31,000 workers in Rhode Island and Connecticut also walked off the job on Thursday at 1pm. 

"This company has shown us that they do not respect you they do not respect the hard work that you do everyday and we're done talking," Bollin said.

Stop and Shop released a statement that says in part, "The unions proposed a contract that would increase the company's costs, this would make our company less competitive in the mostly non-union New England food retail marketplace."

Stop and Shop says they do have contingency plans in place to minimize the disruption for shoppers.

Bollin is asking shoppers to go someplace else until the strike is over.  

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Karen Tararache

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