04/19/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/19/2019 10:40
It's been a week since 31,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) walked out of Stop & Shop supermarkets across New England, and the strikers continue to receive an outpouring of support from across the country. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) joined hundreds of workers and allies on a picket line in New Haven, Connecticut, last night, delivering this simple message: 'We have your back today, tomorrow and for as long as it takes to get you a fair contract!'
Message of the Day-We're Not Giving Up
UFCW locals 328, 919, 1459, 1445 and 371, representing all Stop & Shop workers in New England, have been in negotiations with the company since Jan. 14. The current contract expired Feb. 23.
Stop & Shop is proposing unreasonable cuts to workers' take-home pay, health care and retirement benefits, and the company is unlawfully refusing to provide financial information to verify its claim that these proposed cuts are necessary.
The entire labor movement is supporting UFCW's five New England locals in demanding a fair piece of the pie for the tens of thousands of employees whose hard work and dedication have made Stop & Shop so successful.
Sign the petition to support UFCW members.
If you live in New England, here is a list of the union grocery stores you can support without crossing a picket line.Clickhere to listen to our 'State of the Unions' podcast with Local 1445 member Kristen Johnson.
Kitchen Table Economics
More than $2 billion : 2018 profits for Ahold Delhaize, Stop & Shop's parent company.
Quote of the Day
'Tomorrow is another day. We're going to go at it, and we're going to be positive, and we're going to keep going. They can't break us because they want us to get mad. They want us to give up. They want us to quit. They want us to stop picketing and stop talking to our customers. And…we are not giving up. We're not backing down.' -Kristen Johnson, a deli manager and shop steward with striking Local 1445