Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Stop and Shop Strike

Here is the latest on the Stop and Shop strike:

Submitted by Barbara Fedumenti on Wed, 03/03/2010 - 3:14pm.

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

At 2:00 p.m. today the company gave all five UFCW New England local unions a counter proposal which is not acceptable. As a result your union, Local 371, hand delivered a letter to the division president of the company hereby notifying him that the collective bargaining agreement with Local 371 will terminate as of March 4, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.

The purpose of this letter was to let the company know that we are serious about getting a fair agreement for you.

As things develop this afternoon I will give you periodic updates.

In solidarity,

Brian A. Petronella
International Vice President
President, UFCW Local 371"

This is where my husband works. This is the company he has faithfully served for nearly 11 years. This is the company that does not want to give him a raise. This is a company which has done extremely well for itself and is opening new stores and buying up other failing stores. And this is the company that he could be walking out on tomorrow. We will have no income if this happens. I hope anyone who has access to a Stop and Shop will not shop there if a strike should happen. You will be dealing with untrained workers who are only temporary until the strike is over and they know it. Some might think these jobs are for the uneducated, but this is not true. My husband has been receiving lots of training to run the machinery required to work his department. He knows what he is doing. This is a job that has provided for our family for the past 11 years. We would like it to continue to provide for our family, but no wage increases is just unreasonable. I truly hope everyone will unite and not cross the picket line should there be a strike. This is my family we are talking about. And there are many other families out there just like mine who could lose their only source of income if this strike should happen. And if it should last it would be very detrimental to us. So please no shopping at Stop and Shop if this strike should happen.