Your Local 371 negotiating committee comprised of your union leaders and your elected coworkers met again with Stop and Shop management this week. We started off by discussing supply chain issues and the difficulties of doing your job without products to sell.
We then continued to bargain over issues like store safety, hours of work, vacations and holidays, as well as issues related to your individual duties at work. We have made progress, and will be presenting a comprehensive wage proposal next week that will push for fair compensation that recognizes and honors experience and dedication while also making Stop and Shop a competitive employer who can attract new workers.
While many Local 371 members have enjoyed paid disability through their union insurance, paid family leave is an important new benefit available to CT workers starting 1/1/22. This protects you not only in the case of your own illness or injury, but also covers you when you need time off to care for a sick family member, the birth of a child, and many other reasons. Applications are now being accepted. https://fb.watch/9JUDZPFIq4/
Local 371 members at Stop & Shop held their contract proposal meeting on November 9th in Rocky Hill. The hundreds of members present shared what they would like to see in their next union contract. The biggest demands were protecting our insurance and pension, and addressing the wage compression issues created by the increase in minimum wage. Our membership bargaining committee was also elected. Congratulations to Doug Senn, Eileen Antolini, Glenn Marion, Roberta Green, and Lorenzo Mancuso for being elected! Bargaining will begin in the weeks ahead, and any members who were not present will have the opportunity to fill out an online contract demands survey.
The Dollar General employees in Barkhamsted, CT will vote on Friday October 22nd to join Local 371. They are only the second group of Dollar General workers to ever vote to join a union. A rally was held on October 20th, attended by over fifty people, to show support to these brave workers in their historic election.