Unionized Stop & Shop employees rallied outside the Chicopee store on Wednesday.
UFCW Local 1459 and Stop & Shop have been negotiating a new contract since January. Union members want to be assured they’ll keep their health insurance and no reductions in pay.
Members of the UFCW Local 1459 walked the picket line outside the Stop & Shop in Chicopee Wednesday.
Union members shouted contract demands, held signs, and even had a giant inflatable raft blown up, to symbolize Stop & Shop.
Union President Tyrone Housey told 22News Stop and Shop wants to take away their health insurance and reduce employees’ working hours.
“The workers want to be heard; this is the problem we don’t think they are hearing us on the bargaining table,” said Housey. “We want a fair contract, a fair deal, our members want more hours in the stores and to be able to service the customers.”
The UFCW Local 1459 already voted to authorize a strike if the contract dispute continues.
Stop & Shop said they are bargaining in good faith with the worker’s unions. Company spokeswoman Stefanie Shuman sent 22News this statement:
“Stop & Shop made proposal modifications during bargaining sessions last week that would improve the overall compensation package for our current associates.”
She said full-time associates are already among the industry’s highest paid.
Housey said they will resume contract negotiations with Stop & Shop next week.