Strikes continued in front of Stop & Shop stores throughout Massachusetts.
Stop & Shop employees walked off the job Thursday afternoon demanding fair contract negotiations.
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The UFCW has been negotiating this new contract with Stop & Shop since February 14.
The Massachusetts Federation for Labor Unions said Stop & Shop is proposing drastic cuts to wages and benefits for employees. According to the federation, that’s despite the company reporting more than $2 billion in profit last year.
Our 22News crew went to Stop & Shop in East Longmeadow to hear from employees and customers.
“Trying to fight for our future, for all of our future employees and just trying to do what’s right for a fair contract,” said employee Todd Kibbe.
Local supporter Rosemarie Morrissey added, “I won’t shop. I went in to get my blood pressure done but I won’t shop. I’m for these guys.”
According to the UFCW’s official Facebook page, 31,000 Stop & Shop workers are on strike across New England.
Federal mediators are working to get both sides to come to an agreement.