While talks continued with the company today through the federal mediator, Stop & Shop is still demanding major concessions that could severely impact your ability to provide for yourselves and your families.

We reaffirmed to the company that our members are strong and will continue standing together, rain or shine, until the company does the right thing.

We know the company is selectively releasing information to the public about what they have proposed. They are only telling part of the story. The concessions they want would affect members in different ways and we will leave no member behind.

This is about fighting for what is best for you, your customers, and for the future of New England jobs.

So keep sharing your stories with customers and reminding them that by not shopping at Stop & Shop today, they will make Stop & Shop a better place to work and shop in the future.

We appreciate all that you are doing to fight for better jobs. We expect to continue negotiations in the morning.

After months of trying to bargain for a fair contract, it has become apparent that our only choice is to take a job action.  All New England UFCW members employed at Stop and Shop are on strike at the 253 stores in New England.  Please honor your sisters’ and brothers’ picket lines and shop at these other grocery stores who have workers represented by UFCW:

  • Shop Rites in the following towns: Hamden, West Haven, Milford, East Haven, Stratford, Enfield, West Hartford, Canton, and Orange
  • ACME Markets: Riverside, New Canaan, Greenwich, and Stamford
  • Fairway Market: Stamford
  • Food Bazaar: Bridgeport
  • Kings Supermarket: Greenwich

Despite some slight progress being made during contract negotiations, the company is still proposing unreasonable cuts that could impact us all.

Stop & Shop is trying to eliminate time-and-a-half pay for a large number of workers who have volunteered to work on Sunday, including any and all new employees.

This has the potential to seriously impact Sunday shopping as it could reduce the consistency of service and quality that customers rely on during one of the busiest shopping days of the week.

Our members want to continue to provide quality, specialized service in our stores and the company is making it increasingly harder to keep Stop & Shop a great place to work and shop.

Benefits like time-and-a-half Sunday pay are common sense benefits. Our members help customers get the quality food and quality service that they deserve. The truth is, cuts to Stop & Shop workers’ benefits are cuts that will hurt us all.

UFCW Local 371 is committed to ensuring our members and the community continue to have good jobs…the kind of jobs that New England families deserve.

No hard-working person should have to worry that the company they made successful could one day turn around and pull the rug out from under them.

One good job should be enough for New England workers. One good job should be enough for us all to afford health care for ourselves and our families and ensure that we can save for our futures.

 

 

April 3, 2019

Brothers and sisters:

The company is continuing to be unreasonable, so no progress was made today.

The federal mediator has requested that all five Locals meet again tomorrow morning.

We will keep you updated.