Stop & Shop Customer Spars With Striking Workers After Crossing Picket Line

Daniel Fowler
April 19, 2019

As of late Tuesday, there were no signs that the labor dispute would be ending soon, though federal mediators had stepped in to try and break the impasse.

Issues of contention in the contract talks included pay, health care and the automation of work.

The United Food and Commercial Workers strike affects hundreds of stores across Rhode Island, Massachusetts and CT. Tens of thousands of UFCW workers, including Local 328 in Rhode Island, walked off the job Thursday afternoon. "I feel terrible doing this", said the woman, who would only give her first name, Barbara, saying she was stopping there because she didn't want to be late for work. He said he has a medical condition that he was preparing for Monday morning and mistakenly crossed the picket line.

Hopefully, the good citizens of Northampton will vigorously rally to support these Stop & Shop workers.

Stop & Shop released a negotiations update on Sunday, reiterating information about its final offer that was released last week.

"Marty" is a fitting addition to the computerized, unmanned (or unwomaned) checkout lines that one finds at Stop & Shop.

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But the union has called the store's proposals "smoke and mirrors" that would hurt both current employees and new hires. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, for visiting workers and standing with them on the picket line.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong speaks to Stop and Shop employees outside the Southington store last Thursday to lend his support to the striking workers.

At the Roslindale Stop & Shop, picketing workers said they had blocked multiple trucks from making deliveries. "It's the busiest I've ever seen a Shaw's in my life", she said, "It's like it's a snow storm".

"We're telling [customers] there's nothing fresh in there since Wednesday", said meat manager Larry Farnsworth, a 20-year Stop & Shop employee. A friend and co-worker has worked in the store's bakery for 20 years, "and she depends on the health insurance for her family".

Stop & Shop President Mark McGowan stated in a letter that many stores will remain open for 12 hours a week. If even 5 percent of Stop & Shop customers don't come back following the strike, it could have major financial implications for the company, he said.

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