Stop & Shop workers are officially on strike.
“At 1 p.m. Thursday, more than 31,000 Stop & Shop workers across New England walked off the job.
“We are officially out on strike,” Jeff Bollen, the president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445, one of the five local unions representing the Quincy-based grocery chain’s New England workers, said in a video message.
The work stoppage Thursday comes after nearly three months of negotiations between the company and UFCW leaders failed to produce an agreement on a new work contract. Stop & Shop’s contract with the union officially expired on Feb. 23, and the two sides have remained divided over wage levels, take-home pay, and retirement benefits.
As workers begin picketing outside the stores, union leaders are asking Stop & Shop customers to help them apply pressure on the company — by taking their business elsewhere.
‘We’re asking you to help us out, and shop some place until the strike is over,’ Bollen said Thursday. ‘Please support these hard workers who wait on you every day when you come into those Stop & Shops. We’ve gotten tremendous support from you so far, and we would appreciate future support during this dispute, just until the dispute is over, then you’re welcome to come back.'”
For the rest of the story, visit Boston.com here.