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UFCW-Represented Stop & Shop Workers In Massachusetts Authorize Strike – 10,000 Could Walk If Agreement Is Not Reached

Published Monday, February 29, 2016
by Labor News Services & WNYLT Staff

(QUINCY, MASSACHUSETTS) – The United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1445, which represents about 10,000 Workers at Massachusetts-based Supermarket Chain Stop & Shop, has voted to authorize a Strike if it can't reach agreement on a new contract with the company.

About 2,000 UFCW Local 1445 Members participated in the vote Sunday (February 28th), a day after the old contract expired. 

The UFCW Members will continue working while negotiations are ongoing, Union Officials said.

A UFCW spokesman says the company's wage proposals are inadequate and it wants to cut Pensions, raise Health Care costs and give new Employees fewer benefits.

A spokesman for Stop & Shop, which is owned by Dutch company Ahold, called the Strike Vote "unfortunate" and said its Wage and Benefit Proposals are generous and its Health Care Insurance Premiums are below market average.

In late January, UFCW Local 1445 President Jeff Bollen released the following statement:

Brothers and Sisters: In an ongoing effort to keep you informed, we have breaking news - The five New England (UFCW) Locals have just been notified by Stop & Shop negotiators that the company will begin placing advertisements for temporary help, otherwise known as Scabs.  While we all know this is a typical reaction during each bargaining session, we are surprised at the company’s timing.  It is our belief that taking this action is premature, unnecessary and highly insulting.  We are attempting to bargain a new contract in good faith and have not demonstrated anything contrary to your employer.  We will respond accordingly, with your assistance.  Please remain calm and place your faith in our unity.  This is merely a tactic the company is using.  Their intended outcome will not be achieved.  This action will only make us stronger.  Through solidarity we can show Stop & Shop that their decision to advertise is money wasted.

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