Stop and Shop supermarket workers go on strike

Marco Green
April 15, 2019

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According to a document put out by Stop and Shop, Massachusetts full timers make as much as 44% more per hour than other grocery employees.

Westport's Super Stop & Shop employees have walked off the job.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren stood on a picket line with striking supermarket workers on Friday to voice her support for their labor fight. Some of them picketed outside the stores.

Stop & Shop, owned by parent company Ahold Delhaize, argues that it is the only large food retail chain in New England with a fully unionized workforce, and must compete with much larger, non-union stores operated by companies like Walmart, Whole Foods/Amazon and Costco.

"Rather than a contract that recognizes the worth and hard work that our associates provide daily, Stop & Shop has only suggested extreme and unreasonable cuts to health care benefits and take home pay, while substituting real client support with much more serve-yourself checkout machines", the union statement said.

While the pharmacy, People's Bank and Dunkin' Donuts are open, the store shelves have not been restocked since Thursday, when the strike began.

The United Food & Commercial Workers union responded that the proposal would significantly increase health care costs and decrease take home pay, while ultimately hurting customers.

But the unions say the company is demanding "unreasonable" wage and benefit cuts.

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