Local 371 Current Events

Stop and Shop Bargaining Update

Update from President Wilkinson on Stop and Shop Negotiations:
Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

We have just completed this week’s negotiations (1/27, 1/28) with Stop & Shop. These negotiations continue to go at a very cautious pace, with each side continuing to exchange proposals and discuss matters of interest to both sides. We continue to bargain alongside the other New England Locals as well as with the rank and file committees.

We are still discussing non-economic issues, such as transfers, grievance and arbitration and holidays, etc. in an attempt to complete this before we move on to the more challenging issues of pension, wages and health and welfare.

As I am sure all of you are aware, Stop & Shop decided this week to launch their ads for replacement workers in the event of a work stoppage or lockout. We feel this was very premature and unnecessary simply due to the fact that we are very early in the process.

So this Wednesday, we responded by having our bargaining committee leaflet the customers at Stop & Shop in the Providence area and have now expanded that to all the stores in the Local 371 jurisdiction. This will continue until further notice.

As I have mentioned before, this can be a long and arduous process. We need the support of each and every Local 371 member to stand behind and with their Local and show Stop & Shop that we will not be bullied.

Remember, our unity is our strength, and our strength is our unity. Stay Strong!!


Stop and Shop Bargaining Update

In an ongoing effort to keep you informed; we have “breaking news”.  The 5 New England 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 pre-mature, 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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