Every day, all across New England, the employees of Stop & Shop work hard to provide the best customer service for countless equally hard-working families. We value every single one of our customers and their families.
That’s why we wanted everyone who shops with us to hear about the terrible cuts that Stop & Shop is needlessly proposing.
For the record, Stop & Shop is a company that makes enormous profit and is incredibly successful. It is successful because of the hard work of 31,000 men and women who truly value their jobs and what they do.
Instead of investing in what makes them a success – real people and customer service – Stop & Shop has proposed terrible health care and wage cuts.
Now, just imagine if this was happening to you or you family. It would be wrong. Well its happening to your neighbors and friends who work at Stop & Shop. And, it’s just as wrong.
These horrible cuts will not only hurt real people who work in the store, it will hurt customer service. It means higher turnover which can lead to fewer products on the shelves and longer lines at checkout – or even worse more self-checkout lines.
These kind of cuts will hurt our families and your families. It will destroy the customer service you rightfully depend on every time you visit Stop & Shop. To help protect all of us, and the men and women of Stop & Shop, we’re asking for you to help us.
Show your support next time you’re in a store.
Let your friends and family know what the Stop & Shop corporation is doing.
And, stand up for what is right – good jobs rewarding hard work.
Because the truth is this: when we make Stop & Shop a better place to work, we also make it a better place to shop.
******* STOP & SHOP NEGOTIATION UPDATE *******
After an amazing showing of strength and solidarity during last week’s strike vote meetings, we have never been prouder to stand up on behalf of our hardworking union family. Our international brothers and sisters, representing Ahold Delhaize workers in Belgium and the Netherlands even flew in to Providence this week to address Stop & Shop directly at the table, calling their actions “shocking,” “scandalous,” and “disrespectful.”
According to the Stop & Shop negotiators, they’ve “heard us loud and clear.” Now it’s time for them to prove it.
Stop & Shop negotiators have made, what they believe to be significant progress in their proposals, but we are still far apart from reaching an agreement that truly values and respects your hard work.
It’s the pressure you’ve been putting on the company, through the conversations you’re having with your co-workers, the union gear you’re wearing in the stores, your social media posts, and our customers’ comments of solidarity and support, that is getting us closer.
In the meantime, if you are being asked to sign new or different work policies by management, or are being exposed to more difficult working conditions, or asked to waive your Weingarten Rights (see below), contact your union rep immediately. Continue sending us pictures and information that you’re getting in your stores and make sure you pack warm gear and comfortable shoes in your trunk or locker in case of a work action. Because as our brother union negotiator for Ahold Delhaize’s supply chain in Belgium, said today “A decent contract or a strike, we are ready for both.”
Brothers and Sisters:
It is because of your hard work that Stop & Shop remains the top supermarket in New England and we want to thank you for your dedication to making Stop & Shop a better place to work and shop. It is our goal to continue making your store better by insisting on a contract that reflects your true value and gives you the respect that you deserve.=
We know you want to be able to provide the very best service you can while still being able to provide for your families, however, Stop & Shop has continued to make regressive proposals at the negotiation table this year that would severely impact your lives in a negative way.
Stop & Shop wants to cut benefits and take-home pay for workers and rely on self-checkout and other technology. This will mean less customer service in the aisles, no fresh cut meat in the stores, longer lines at checkout, and more turnover.
Minimal progress has been made at the negotiation table because these types of cuts will make your job harder to do, harder to succeed in, and harder to build a better life for yourself and your families.
We know that your customers shop at Stop & Shop time after time because they like a store with friendly, knowledgeable employees and a well-stocked selection of high-quality products. We know you are the reason for Stop & Shop’s success and you deserve a good paying job and benefits that reflect that value.
It is important that we stand together and call on Stop & Shop to give us a contract that allows us to continue to live up to our reputation for providing excellent service.
As your negotiating committee continues to work hard at the bargaining table we ask that you continue to stand strong together and tell management that you won’t be settling for less than what you deserve!
The AFL-CIOs in CT, RI, and MA represent a combined 700,000 union members in the areas we represent. We thank them for their support in our struggle to get a fair contract for our hardworking members at Stop and Shop.