31,000 workers at Stop & Shops across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island have gone on strike.
Management at Stop & Shop presented their “final offer” to their workers, which included significant cuts to healthcare, massive increases (over 100% in some cases) to workers’ health care premiums, and replacing wage increases with so-called bonuses. All in all, this represents a massive step backwards with many workers facing reduced weekly earnings if they agreed to their “final offer”.
On top of this, Stop & Shop’s parent company reported over $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.
The workers, who are members of UFCW, need our help to win a fair contract. Here are three ways we can help:
- Sign UFCW’s petition to Stop & Shop. Click here to sign the petition to Stop & Shop management to let them know you stand with the workers as they fight for a fair contract.
- Join the workers on a picket line. The workers need your help and solidarity as they picket at over 90 stores across Connecticut. Join them whenever you have time and bring them coffee and doughnuts.
- Continue to shop union. UFCW represents workers at a number of other grocery stores across the state. Click here for a list of union grocery stores in Connecticut. 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 help and your support as these 31,000 workers go out on strike for fair wages, decent benefits, and a secure retirement.