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Stop & Shop Workers Announce New Actions in Campaign for Fair Contract

Fight for a fair deal at Stop & Shop intensifies as profitable company demands cuts to grocery workers’ benefits

With negotiations continuing to drag on, 35,000 hardworking men and women at Stop & Shop stores in New England have been working under an expired contract since late February.

Today, the New England Council of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union announced a series of rallies in the campaign for a fair contract for 35,000 Stop & Shop workers in New England.

Last week, Stop & Shop workers held a rally at a store in Braintree, MA, where they were joined by hundreds of customers, elected officials, and community supporters, including Local 400 organizers. Following last week’s event, five more rallies have been scheduled throughout the region:

Wednesday, March 16th, 4-6 P.M.
Quincy Stop & Shop
65 Newport Ave., Quincy, MA

Thursday, March 17th, 4-6 P.M.
Dorchester Stop & Shop
1100 Massachusetts Ave, Dorchester, MA

Tuesday, March 22nd, 4-6 P.M.
Norwalk Stop & Shop
380 Main Ave, Norwalk, CT

Wednesday, March 23rd, 4-6 P.M.
East Hartford Stop & Shop
940 Silver Ln, East Hartford, CT

Thursday, March 24th, 4-6 P.M.
Holyoke Stop & Shop
28 Lincoln St, Holyoke, MA

Stop & Shop’s parent company, Netherlands-based grocery giant Ahold (which also owns Giant Foods), recently announced operating profits for last year in excess of $1.4 billion. Today, Ahold and Delhaize shareholders approved the merger of their companies, which will be completed later this year. Prior to closing of the merger, Ahold shareholders received a payout of more than $1 billion.

While paying out dividends to foreign shareholders, the company is demanding that workers accept cuts to longstanding benefits, decreasing take-home pay and cutting future retirement benefits despite a fully-funded and secure pension fund. The company is further demanding that future workers be given second-rate benefits and pay, transforming Stop & Shop’s once middle-class jobs into low-wage jobs.

“Unions like the UFCW built America’s middle class,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren in a letter of support for the workers. She went on to call it “critically important” that Stop & Shop workers achieve a contract that “provides strong wages, comprehensive benefits, and retirement security.”

“Stop & Shop’s proposals show that the company has strayed from its core values,” said Tim Melia, president of UFCW Local 328. “This used to be a company that took pride in offering the best wages and benefits in the region, and attracting the best workers. Our members are only asking for their fair share of the success their hard work has built.”

To show your support for a fair deal at Stop & Shop, call the company’s service line at 1-800-767-7772 and tell them to stop threatening our New England members and their families.

Here’s the Latest on Stop & Shop Bargaining in New England

20160301-L1445-Leafleting-6Right now, 35,000 hardworking men and women in New England are bargaining a new contract with Stop & Shop, a subsidiary of Ahold, which also owns Giant Foods. The following update on the bargaining process was shared today by our UFCW brothers and sisters in New England:

Despite the company’s profitability, which was just reported to be in excess of 10 billion dollars, Stop & Shop continues to present us with deep cuts to the hard-earned benefits you and all our current members have earned and deserve.

What the company is proposing is simply unacceptable.

As you know, our members’ work is vital to Stop & Shop’s current and future success. As such, your New England locals, their staff, and Presidents, are determined to continue working together and fighting for a better life for you and your family.

Let us be very clear – we stand united in our goal of securing the better wages and better benefits all our members have earned.

After receiving the latest proposal from the company, the five UFCW local unions are now meeting and diligently preparing the right response. We are determined to make it very clear to the company that we will not go backwards.

As part of these efforts, we are building a broad public coalition of support that includes our members, our customers, our extended union family and various community groups and supporters, who will come together in a public rally in Braintree, MA on March 10 to make our message clear to Stop & Shop that it is time to do the right thing.

In addition, we are also calling on other UFCW locals in D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York to engage their Stop & Shop store’s management and send a clear message that time has come to give our New England Stop & Shop workers a fair deal.

As we move forward, it is our commitment to you that we will not only keep you aware of every development, we will negotiate as hard as we can to provide you and your family a better life.

Watch the Ahold Shareholder Meeting LIVE! Tuesday April 17 at 8:00 a.m.

Mark your calendars! Three workers from Virginia are traveling to Amsterdam to share their stories at Royal Ahold’s annual general meeting. They will alert shareholders about how Martin’s in the United States is failing to live up to the professed high standards of its Dutch parent company.

The workers— two from Ahold’s non-union Martin’s banner and one from Ahold’s unionized Giant-Landover banner — will explain how the supermarket conglomerate too often leaves its values behind when it crosses the Atlantic, mistreating the very workers Ahold claims it respects and appreciates.

To watch Ahold workers take a stand for themselves and their coworkers at the shareholder meeting be sure to save this link to visit Tuesday April 17!

iHold campaign will also be updating their Facebook and Twitter feed LIVE during the meeting. So be sure to follow the conversation!