******* STOP & SHOP NEGOTIATION UPDATE *******

 

February 16, 2019

Brothers and Sisters:

Despite Stop & Shop’s parent company, Ahold Delhaize, seeing $74 billion in net sales last year and authorizing over $1 billion in stock buy backs for its shareholders, we have never seen proposals as severe and damaging to workers as the ones we’re seeing at the negotiation table this year.

Stop & Shop’s proposals this year are a slap in the face to our hardworking members. Stop & Shop management has made it clear that they do not respect the value your hard work brings this company. Attacks on your wages, benefits, and retirement security are unacceptable.

This is nothing more than sheer corporate greed. Stop & Shop is the #1 supermarket operator in the northeast and yet, is only looking to take away benefits from its workers.

 Please tell your family, friends, neighbors and management that we are not going back, we are going forward.

In solidarity,

 

Your UFCW Stop & Shop Negotiation Coalition

UFCW Local 328 Press Tim Melia, UFCW Local 919 Pres. Mark Espinosa, UFCW Local 1459 Pres. Tyrone Housey, UFCW 1445 Pres. Jeff Bollen, UFCW Local 371 President Tom Wilkinson

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MESSAGE FROM YOUR UFCW STOP & SHOP NEGOTIATION COALITION

Brothers and Sisters:

We stand united in our goal of helping hard-working UFCW members like you build the better life you have earned and deserve. Stop & Shop workers like you are the backbone of not only our stores, but also our communities and local economies.

And it’s because of your hard work that Ahold Delhaize, the parent company of Stop & Shop and other stores, saw $74 billion in net sales last year. But despite this success— success due to you—  Stop & Shop has made it clear at the negotiation table this year that they, the company, want more back from you, the workers, than ever before.

Ahold and Stop & Shop are aggressively trying to cut workers out of the conversation and budget. Their contract proposals are the most severe and damaging yet, and threaten workers’ wages, pensions, and health care. We have never seen this level of disregard and disrespect for workers in our many years of negotiations with Stop & Shop.

Because of this recent development, we also want to be very clear. We will not accept a contract that diminishes your benefits, your futures, or ignores your hard work– hard work that is vital to Stop & Shop’s current and future success. That is why our coalition of five UFCW Locals, representing over 30,000 Stop & Shop workers across Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, has come together at the negotiation table to send a clear, unified message.

Let’s remind Stop & Shop and Ahold what a winning strategy is— investing in its workers and stores.

We ask that you talk to your coworkers, customers, family and friends. Tell them to remind Stop & Shop managers to invest in what has made them a multibillion-dollar, global enterprise— its workers. The hard-working people behind the counters, registers, and in the aisles providing outstanding customer service are what keep the doors open, customers coming back, and the profits rolling in. There is no billion-dollar profit margin without you.

We acknowledge and appreciate all that you do, and we remain committed to fighting for the wages and benefits you have earned and deserve. Negotiations are still underway, but we are unified at the table, in our message, and in our commitment to you.

In solidarity,

Your UFCW Negotiation Coalition

UFCW Local 371                                          Pres. Tom Wilkinson

UFCW Local 1445                                             Pres. Jeff Bollen

UFCW Local 1459                                        Pres. Tyrone Housey

UFCW Local 919                                          Pres. Mark Espinosa

UFCW Local 328                                           Pres. Tim Melia

 

 

 

Another week of bargaining has concluded in Providence with Stop & Shop.  Although there have been some significant agreements on language issues, we must emphasize the key sticking point that remains is preventing managers from performing bargaining unit work.  All the Locals are faced with the same problems dealing in this serious workplace condition.  This is EVERYONE’S fight including Shop Stewards and all members.  We currently have good language in our contract which forbids ANY member of management from doing work normally performed by union members.  While there is a determined effort by all Locals to either create or bolster existing language relating to this matter, we must all work together to patrol and enforce our contract.  If the company chooses to ignore these protected provisions, we will continue process the violations through the grievance procedure, as we always have.

When a manager does a job typically performed by union employees, it takes hours away from our members.  This means our members make less money, and it can even lead to them not qualify for medical benefits.  Do not let this happen.  When you see a violation, take note of the type of infraction, a picture and the details. Message us on FB or notify your shop steward or union representative so that an official grievance can be filed.

We have three additional dates scheduled for bargaining next week.  We anticipate at some point next week your employer will present their economic proposals.  We cannot respond appropriately to economics until we have full agreements on language proposals.  From all economic presentations given to us thus far by your employer, it is apparent that we will be confronted with proposals that indicate their desire to take money and benefits away from you and your coworkers.

Your bargaining committee is working hard for you each day at these sessions. Stick together with your coworkers and stand up for work and hours that belong to each of you. Don’t let your managers steal your money or your benefits by doing your work!