New England Grocery Store Workers Go on Strike
31,000 Stop & Shop employees in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are striking over cuts to healthcare and wages
31,000 workers at Stop & Shop supermarkets across Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island have gone on strike.
Management at Stop & Shop presented its “final offer” to workers, which included significant cuts to health care, massive increases (more than 100% in some cases) to workers’ health care premiums and replacing wage increases with so-called bonuses. This represents a massive step backward, with many workers facing reduced weekly earnings if they agree to this final offer.
On top of this, Stop & Shop’s parent company reported more than $2 billion in profits last year. This is not the time to ask for concessions. Rather, this is a time to invest in the workers who have made Stop & Shop so successful and profitable. They deserve and have earned a better life.
The workers, who are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, need your help to win a fair contract. Here is how you can help:
Continue to shop union. UFCW members work at a number of other supermarkets across the region. If you can’t shop at a union store, please shop elsewhere, but do not cross the picket line at Stop & Shop.
Thank you for your support as these 31,000 workers go out on strike for fair wages, decent benefits and a secure retirement. I will continue to update you as the strike progresses.