Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Stop & Shop New England Members Have No Contract


RE: THE STATUS OF OUR New England negotiations

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As part of our great union family, we all have a responsibility to work together to improve and better the lives of all our incredible members – regardless of where they or we live. The simple truth is we know how hard you work, and it is because of your efforts that companies like Stop’n Shop succeed and our communities made better.
Secretary-Treasurer Tony Speelman sits in at
New England negotiations last week

Unfortunately, as our union family members across New England are witnessing, Stop’n Shop has decided to pursue a deplorable needless negotiation strategy that seeks to undermine the better life they have earned through your hard work.

As you may know, there are over 35,000 UFCW members in New England – represented by five Locals – who are currently engaged in contract negotiations with the Stop’n Shop Company. From the very beginning, these Locals have negotiated in good faith, and all we’ve asked of Stop’n Shop is to do what is right by our members and their families.
The simple truth is that Stop’n Shop is a success because of you and all our members who work there. It is because of your dedication and commitment to serving our amazing customers and the communities we love, that Stop’n Shop succeeds.

Instead of doing what is right, Stop & Shop presented contract proposals that were nothing short of a slap in the face to these men and women – people just like you.

Not only is Stop’n Shop refusing to respect the hard work of our New England members, they are proposing dramatic changes to these contracts.

Stop & Shop’s actions are wrong.

While your contract may not be involved, what the company is proposing is a threat to every member of our union family.

Make no mistake, Stop & Shop’s actions in New England – if unstopped – will set a lower standard that the company will use when YOUR contract is up for negotiation. This is an issue that MUST matter to all of us.

Join with us, and stand with our brothers and sisters in New England. Help them, and help all of us, fight for the better life and good contract we all earn through our hard work. 
So, here are the two things we’re asking you do.

First, call the Stop’n Shop Customer Service Number at 1 (800) 767-7772, and tell them to stop threatening our New England members and their families. Tell them that your and your local stand with our New England union family. Tell them, to do what is right.

Second, please tell your family and friends to do the same. Everytime Stop’n Shop hears us will send a clear message that we are a proud union family.
We stand together.

And, we fight for each other – no matter where we call home.

Thank you for all that you do, and for the privilege of serving you:

Richard Abondolo
President, UFCW Local 342

John T. Niccollai
President, UFCW Local 464-A

Harvey Whille
President, UFCW Local 1262

Sam Ferraino, Jr.
President, UFCW Local 1360

Bruce W. Both
President, UFCW Local 1500

John R. Durso
President, RWDSU Local 338

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