New Stop and Shop Built with Taxpayer Money May Diminish Community’s Economic Growth
Stop and Shop Supermarket Breaks Their Promise of Good Jobs to Rockaway, Queens Residents
In October of 2009, Stop and Shop Supermarkets received $16 million dollars in taxpayer funded Federal Stimulus money. The money was for a brand new, 55,000-square-foot Stop & Shop supermarket, located on Rockaway Peninsula. Once they received the money, they said “We are proud to be part of the economic resurgence of this community.” Unfortunately, pride has quickly turned into greed.
Stop and Shop is currently negotiating a new Union contract with UFCW Local 1500, which represents Stop and Shop employees throughout the metropolitan New York area. They are aggressively seeking to lower the quality of those jobs. Under Stop and Shop’s current proposal, employee wages would suffer, health benefits would be slashed, and employees would be stuck having to pay more for health care while pension benefits would be cut. Any new employees would be treated “second-class” workers. With these outrageous proposals, the workers at the new Rockaway supermarket would make far less than all other Stop and Shop grocery workers. The message Stop and Shop is giving is clear: they’ll take the taxpayer money, but won’t invest back into the community. It’s clear they just want to take advantage of the New Yorkers who financed their new store in Rockaway.
THIS IS NOT WHAT THE RESIDENTS OF
ROCKAWAY PENINSULA WERE PROMISED!
TELL STOP AND SHOP TO BARGAIN A NEW UNION CONTRACT THAT GIVES YOUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS THE WAGES AND BENEFITS THEY DESERVE!
Call Stop and Shop at 631-834-1476 or email them at: echacemarino@STOPANDSHOP.COM
And tell them your tax dollars should not fuel
Stop and Shop’s Greed!
A message from the 23,000 members of UFCW Local 1500