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Stop & Shop strike enters 6th day; talks continue

April 16, 2019

The Stop & Shop workers’ strike enters its sixth day Tuesday with both sides still unable to agree on a new contract.

Negotiations, however, will continue Tuesday morning.

“While talks continued with the company Monday through the federal mediator, Stop & Shop is still demanding major concessions that could severely impact your ability to provide for yourselves and your families,” United Food and Commercial Workers Local 919 said in a statement.

“We know the company is selectively releasing information to the public about what they have proposed. They are only telling part of the story. The concessions they want would affect members in different ways and we will leave no member behind. We reaffirmed to the company that our members are strong and will continue standing together, rain or shine, until the company does the right thing.”

Stop & Shop posted on its web site late Monday, “Stop & Shop recognizes the valuable role our associates play in creating a great experience for you, our customers. They are a part of your lives, a part of our community, and key to our success. That’s why it is so important to us to provide a fair contract to our employees who are members of the UFCW unions currently on strike.

“We are committed to resolving our labor negotiations as quickly as possible so that our employees can return to their jobs and we can get back to serving you and the community.”

The company also posted a “Strike Fact Sheet” and “Frequently Asked Questions.”

Stop & Shop resumed negotiations Monday with five local union affiliates of the United Food & Commercial Workers, including UFCW Local 371, which has its head office on the Post Road in Westport. The strike extends to stores throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, with markets operating on skeleton staffs comprised of managers brought in from other locations and temporary workers.

Read reporter Alexander Soule’s story on how perishable foods are at risk as Stop & Shop strike persists.

Also read Columnist Dan Haar’s story on Stop & Shop strikers tell of fighting for better lives