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Carlo Leone

Representing Stamford & Darien

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Sen. Leone Gives Support to Stop & Shop Workers on Strike

HARTFORD, CT – Today, State Senator Carlo Leone (D-Stamford) expressed his support for Stop & Shop workers who went on strike. The strike, which started Thursday at 1 p.m., comes as workers protest unfair labor practices from the grocery store chain.

On Thursday, 31,000 members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union working at 243 Stop & Shop grocery stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut went on strike after extended negotiations between the company and the union broke down. Stop & Shop employees have been working without a contract since February as negotiations continue.

The UFCW has said that, despite the grocery store’s parent company seeing significant profits, the company is attempting to cut employee healthcare and retirement benefits. Stop & Shop employee pensions are currently fully funded by the company, which has asked for new full-time workers, and part-time workers hired since February 2014, to receive a reduced pension benefit of up to 32 percent, according to the UFCW. The company is also seeking to require full-time employees to pay an additional $893 in health care premiums over three years and part-time employees an additional $603 over three years. In addition, the contract would see many part-time employees receive an average wage increase of fewer than two percent.

Stop & Shop says its union staff leads to higher costs and it must reduce them to remain competitive, though the UFCW said they have not provided financial information to verify the claim. Union officials said Stop & Shop’s parent company, Ahold Delhaize, reported more than $2 billion in profit in 2018, and received a tax cut in the United States of $225 million in 2017.

“I stand in solidarity with the UFCW and Stop & Shop employees during this strike,” said Sen. Leone. “I will not be shopping at Stop & Shop during this strike and I encourage others to do the same. I am hopeful an agreement will be reached that does not compromise the health insurance or retirement benefits of the company’s hard-working, committed employees”

 

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