Stop & Shop union workers rally at Chicopee store

Hampden County

Union workers at Stop and Shop have been in talks with the grocery store chain since January, over their contracts.

Stop and Shop workers and their supporters will gather at the Chicopee location on Memorial Drive for a rally Wednesday, as contract negotiations with the supermarket chain continue. 

More than 30,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 14-59 Union have been in talks with Stop and Shop since January, over their contracts.

On March 10th, the Stop and Shop Workers of Western Mass unanimously voted to authorize a strike, if they can’t reach an agreement on health insurance, pensions, and vacation time.

In a Facebook post for Wednesday’s rally, it says that Stop and Shop is proposing cuts to current benefits, replacing Sunday time-and-a-half pay with a smaller wage premium and cutting paid holidays, vacations and sick days for new hires. 

Stop and Shop Communications Manager Stefanie Shuman sent 22News a statement, that said Stop and Shop is bargaining in good faith with all of the worker’s unions and are working hard to reach an agreement on a contract.

Wednesday’s rally is set to take place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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