Western Massachusetts Unionized Stop & Shop workers voted in favor of a strike authorization against the supermarket chain.
On Sunday, the United Food and Commerical Workers Local 14-59 Union granted its leaders the power to call a strike, rather than accept a contract with Stop and Shop.
The strike authorization vote doesn’t necessarily mean there will be a strike, but it does give union leaders the authority to call for a strike if negotiations do not continue to move forward.
The UFCW Local 14-59 Union is demanding better health insurance benefits, pensions, and vacation time.
Stop and Shop communications manager Stefanie Shuman sent 22News a statement, that said Stop and Shop is working hard to reach an agreement with the workers’ unions hopefully during bargaining sessions that are scheduled over the next two weeks.
Stop and Shop Unionized workers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have been working without a contract since February 23rd.