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Stop & Shop Prepares for Potential Labor Strike, Hires Replacement Workers

The company is holding discussions with labor representatives as the deadline for a three-year contract nears on Feb. 23.

 

Representatives of the Stop & Shop grocery store chain are looking to hire temporary replacement workers as it prepares for a potential labor strike, according to a report in the Boston Herald last Friday

The Quincy-based company is currently holding contract discussions with United Food and Commercial Workers Union locals who represent more than 40,000 Stop & Shop employees in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, according to the Herald. The three-year contract will expire on Saturday, Feb. 23. 

While discussions continue, the company is running eight hiring sites from Mansfield to Quincy to Woburn.

A Stop & Shop spokeswoman told the Herald that the company is advertising replacement workers "in the event of a dispute" in an effort to "prepare so we can continue to serve our customers and remain open." 

Are you a Stop & Shop customer? How would a strike affect your grocery shopping there? Let us know in the comments section below.

mdonahue February 06, 2013 at 03:08 PM
I won't shop at Stop & Shop for the next month unless issues are resolved. I noticed the hiring ads and feel the company is not working in good faith to meet worker's concerns and contract demands if they are already preparing replacement workers. In this economy all workers are overworked and underpaid. I hope this works out for the employees - but I will be at Demoulas/Market Basket!
Aron Levy February 06, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Hear, hear!
Diane Seery February 10, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I also will not shop at Stop and Shop and will encourage all friends and family members not to shop there as well!

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