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    Default Re: Stop & Shop looking for temporary workers as union contract expires

    I'm glad to hear that! Something funny happened Friday. I had to stop in there to grab a few things, and as I was checking out I started to make small-talk with the cashier. I asked if they were any closer to a contract, and her eyes lit up. She asked if I was in a union. When I answered yes, she asked if it was Stop and Shop's union. When I told her I was in the Teamsters, she yelled for a couple of her co-workers! I thought I was about to get pepper sprayed for a moment. Three other women crowded around me and began asking me questions. Another woman asked if I was with their union, and the original cashier said, "No, he's with The Teamsters...that's the GOOD union!" They said that the union told them that they were near a settlement, and they wanted to know what a settlement entailed. They wanted to know why their union wasn't saying anything much. I just told them that negotiations are a very sensitive thing, and when they had something to share, they will. I felt like the Regional Union Expert For Western Massachusetts for a moment. It was sort of sad that they were so eager for information that they literally pounced on a stranger. If Stop and Shop is anything like my place, 85% don't go to meetings. Either way, after about 10 questions I was able to go on my merry way, sort of happy that I could be a positive model in some way about unionism. I'm sure those cashiers are happier today, with a contract they could live with.

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    Default Workers Win Facebook Fight Against Huge Supermarket Chain

    The name (Royal Ahold) caught my eye because of it's former ties to US Foodservice. I have mentioned this company on this site many times because they did some very bad things.

    The fight erupted late last year when supermarket chains owned by the Dutch retailing conglomerate Royal Ahold began demanding that employees sign a “Social Policy Guidelines” document that warned of dire consequences if workers used social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to communicate too freely about their jobs. The grocery chains—Stop & Shop in New England/New York, Giant Food in the Mid-Atlantic, Martin’s Food Markets in Virginia, and a separate home delivery service called Peapod—threatened disciplinary action, including possible dismissal, if employees refused to sign the document or violated any of the guidelines.
    Workers Win Facebook Fight Against Huge Supermarket Chain - Working In These Times

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    Default Stop & Shop, union plan to continue negoitations through weekend

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Negotiators for the United Food and Commercial Workers union and the Stop & Shop supermarket chain expect to keep bargaining through the weekend following negotiations Thursday and Friday.

    "We will continue to aggressively pursue a fair and equitable agreement for our hardworking men and women at Stop & Shop," said said Daniel P. Clifford, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1459 in Springfield. "Some movement, still miles apart."
    The union represents 35,000 Stop & Shop workers across Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Of those, 1,500 UFCW members work at Stop & Shop supermarkets in Western Massachusetts.
    Stop & Shop, union plan to continue negoitations through weekend | masslive.com

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    Default Re: Stop & Shop looking for temporary workers as union contract expires

    I have merged a couple threads together. These all relate to Stop & Shop supermarket chain, owned by Dutch retailing conglomerate Royal Ahold.

    Labor problems seem to follow this company.

    Thousands of Stop & Shop employees vote to authorize strike, union says
    DEDHAM, Mass. —
    Stop & Shop employees who are members of the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1445 union "overwhelmingly" voted to authorize a strike, if necessary, according to union officials.
    Members of UFCW Local 1445 gathered at Lombardo's in Randolph Sunday morning after their contract with Stop & Shop expired at midnight. The workers voted after hearing a detailed update on negotiations with the company.
    UFCW Local 1445 officials said the union and four others representing more than 30,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England have been negotiating a new contract with representatives from the grocery chain over the past several weeks.
    According to UFCW Local 1445, all of Stop & Shop's proposals during negotiations have only cut workers' benefits, despite its parent company, Ahold Delhaize, netting $74 billion in sales last year. The union also said Ahold Delhaize authorized over $1 billion in stock buybacks for its shareholders.
    The last sentence says what many have been saying, the corporations buying back stock instead of investing in their employees.

    https://www.wcvb.com/article/thousan...-says/26496563
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    Five Stop & Shop unions in southern New England authorize leaders to call strike

    More than 31,000 Stop & Shop workers in southern New England have authorized their labor leaders to call for a strike as the sides prepare to resume talks for new contracts later this week, according to United Food & Commercial Workers International.

    The Stop & Shop workers — represented by five separate UFCW unions — have remained at work since their contracts with the grocery store chain expired Feb. 23.
    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20...IxO/story.html
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    Stop & Shop labor dispute amps up with warning from Teamsters
    The Teamsters warned Stop & Shop that its members would support the supermarket’s union in any labor stoppage as a result of the current impasse in contract negotiations, with nearly 700 warehouse workers and 250 drivers delivering food and other products to Stop & Shop stores in southern New England.

    More than 30,000 Stop & Shop employees have been working since Feb. 23 on the terms of an expired contract, with negotiations continuing last week between the Ahold Delhaize subsidiary and the United Food & Commercial Workers to which they belong.
    In a letter to Mark McGowan, president of Stop & Shop, the head of the Boston-based International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 25 noted that in addition to food deliveries, its truckers pick up waste as well from Stop & Shop stores.

    “The services Teamsters provide are an important element of ensuring that (Stop & Shop supermarkets) operate smoothly,” stated Sean O’Brien, president of Teamsters Local 25, in his letter to McGowan. “It is my sincere hope that (Stop & Shop) reconsiders its position and negotiates fairly.”
    https://www.ctpost.com/business/arti...p-13696702.php
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    Shop & Shop union members are walking the line.

    Thousands of Stop and Shop union workers go on strike, walk off job
    Thousands of Stop & Shop union workers walked off the job and are on strike Thursday amid an ongoing contract dispute.
    WCVB crews at stores report the doors were locked. Several viewers tell WCVB they were "kicked out" or told to check out immediately.
    Five locals of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union representing 31,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England have been negotiating a new contract with Stop & Shop representatives since Feb. 14, the UFCW said.
    The workers’ last contract with the company expired on Feb. 23. Workers have rallied against the company as its proposed cuts to workers’ take home pay and benefits will significantly hamper their ability to be fairly compensated, Wicked Local reported.
    https://www.wcvb.com/article/stop-an..._XKT35Abz-uXtQ
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    Default Re: Stop & Shop looking for temporary workers as union contract expires

    Teamsters honor Stop & Shop picket lines
    The Teamsters are siding with Stop and Shop striking workers.

    Branches of the labor union, which represents warehouse workers and truck drivers for the grocery giant, has directed its members to honor picket lines while employees across New England continue a walk-out that began Thursday afternoon.
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    “More than 30,000 UFCW members have struck Stop and Shop, Teamster members do not cross their picket lines. Remind your friends and neighbors,” read a Facebook post from the Joint Council 10 hours after the strike began.

    The Teamsters warned the grocery chain in March that its members would support the supermarket’s union in any labor stoppage as contract negotiations continued.
    https://www.ctpost.com/business/arti...s-13762772.php
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    Default Re: Stop & Shop looking for temporary workers as union contract expires

    Seems the consumers are siding with the union strikers.

    Pols siding with workers in Stop & Shop strike
    The ongoing Stop & Shop strike is causing some shoppers to look elsewhere for groceries and workers to hold a strong picket line.
    More than 30,000 Stop & Shop employees went on strike Thursday after failing to agree on contract terms with the Quincy-based grocery chain’s Dutch parent company, Ahold Delhaize. The strike impacts 240 stores across Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

    Local politicians have been expressing support for the workers — on Saturday, U.S. Reps. Lori Trahan and Stephen Lynch chimed in on Twitter.
    On Friday, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren voiced her support and even joined Stop & Shop workers outside a Somerville store.
    The unions said the company had more than $2 billion in profits last year and got a U.S. tax cut of $225 million in 2017.
    https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/04...p-shop-strike/

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    Default Re: Stop & Shop looking for temporary workers as union contract expires

    Keep up the pressure on Stop & Shop. Sign the petition.

    SUPPORT STOP & SHOP WORKERS
    Former Vice President Joe Biden Will Join Rally in Support of Stop & Shop Workers.
    31,000 UFCW Stop & Shop workers walked off their jobs on April 11 to protest the company’s proposed cuts to health care, take home pay, and customer service as well as unlawful conduct by the company during negotiations. Join former Vice President Joe Biden, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (invited), UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445, and 1459 at a rally in support of these workers and their fight for a better life.
    Support Stop & Shop Workers – The United Food & Commercial Workers International Union
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