Some of Bedford’s Stop and Shop workers gathered for a photograph and to share their thoughts- Image (c) JMcCT, 2019 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

By Julie McCay Turner

Displaying a pair of picket signs – Image (c) JMcCT, 2019 all rights reserved – Click to view a larger image

In fewer than 24 hours, the Stop and Shop strike that affects Bedford’s 71 employees, as well as 31,000 workers across several states, will be one week old. A resolute group of workers remains on a picket line in front of the Bedford store from 8 am until 8 pm each day.

Susan Tammaro, a 45-year Stop and Shop employee, thanked residents and shoppers for observing the union. “I applaud the Town of Bedford,” Tammaro said, “residents have baked and brought food, the Bedford police officers have been cordial and supportive. It makes me feel good that our workers are supported by the community.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh have been invited to a 2 pm rally at South Bay Center in Dorchester to mark the one-week strike.  Employees struck at 1 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2019, citing a list of concerns on their union’s website — http://www.ufcw.org/supportstopandshopworkers/

  • Reduce holiday + Sunday pay for part-timers
  • Bonus instead of wage increases
  • Unlawfully withhold info from the union in bargaining
  • Reduce the number of sick days for new hires
  • Raise healthcare premiums by up to 90%
  • Decrease take-home pay
  • Reduce pension benefit by up to 72%
  • Exclude 1,000 spouses from healthcare
  • Decrease customer service with self-serve tech
  • Reduce sick days and holidays for new employees
  • Double out-of-pocket healthcare for many employees

Stop and Shop also maintains a corporate blog devoted to the strike, posting an update on April 16: The UFCW locals and Stop & Shop continued negotiations today. Our goal remains the same – reaching a fair new agreement and returning our focus to doing what we do best – taking care of our customers. Additional information can be found at https://stopandshop.com/labor/2019/#/labor/about

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